Trice healthy and ready to lead

Junior point guard had full offseason in gym, weight room at Michigan State after an injury and illness hampered summer last year.

The road to health hasn't been easy for Michigan State point guard Travis Trice.

In the offseason before last season, Trice went through illness and injury, but is entering this season healthy at last.

"I feel great," Trice said. "This is the healthiest I've felt. Of course you are going to have your bumps and bruises, but that just comes along with playing, but it's the best I've felt and I feel like I'm ready to go through a whole year injury free and have a successful year."

Coming off a season in which he averaged 4.8 points per game in 18.6 minutes per game, the junior has added about 25 pounds.

Coach Tom Izzo said the junior might be the most improved player on the Spartans.

"He's physically stronger than he was," he said. "He is he's just had a heck of a summer. You don't know how much we missed him last year in some games. He was our second best three point shooter, and I think that's improved some.

"With him, it's mostly his health and I think great improvement in his skills, but his strength makes him a better defender."

Trice said a big reason for his improvement centered on hard work and getting back in the gym consistently.

As a result, he said he feels like he can be a leader for the team this season.

"I feel like this is the first time I've actually been healthy and I can play and feel confident in what I'm doing," he said. "Anytime you're hurt and you're in and out all the time, you lose confidence and you lose your rhythm, but I feel like I have all the confidence in the world right now."

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