Michigan State brought in a pair of freshmen in the 2013 recruiting class and while it was clear forward Gavin Schilling would factor into the rotation, guard Alvin Ellis wasn't as much of a certainty.
The decision to not redshirt Ellis was made, however, and Ellis checked in 12:40 to go in Friday night's season-opening 98-56 win against McNeese State.
""It was something I talked to Alvin about," coach Tom Izzo said. "It's always up to the player and I think Alvin wanted to do it. I had mixed feelings because there are times I wanted him to redshirt for his sake, and times not to redshirt for our sake.
"He wanted to a part of this team and I don't blame him for that."
Ellis, who had six points of 3 of 6 shooting in his debut, said he knew he didn't want to redshirt and talked with Izzo after practice Wednesday.
"We had a meeting and just sat down and talked," Ellis said. "I talked to my parents about it. I just decided I wasn't going to redshirt."
The 6-foot-3 guard said his parents thought playing would be the best decision for him.
"They thought I should just get my feet wet right now and get in where I can fit in right now instead of taking a year off," he said.