How would you grade each basketball player in the rotation at this point of the season?
Travis Trice: B+
Denzel Valentine: B –
Javon Bess: INC
Gavin Schilling: B+
Bryn Forbes: C+
Tum Tum Nairn: C –
Marvin Clark: C –
Visitors for this weekend?
Consider this assertion: “Madaris will be a huge part of the offense next year.” Why or why not?
I like it, personally, but I would not say “huge.” I think it is more fair to say that he will be a part of the offense as I don’t think he is going to come out and have 50 catches or anything. I think Madaris is a guy that took a lot of strides forward last year. He got into the rotation in Big Ten play a little bit and showed the ability to make some athletic grabs. With Tony Lippett gone, I think he moves into that steady playing group – which also is important as MSU loses A.J. Troup, Aaron Burbridge, MacGarrett Kings and Andre Sims Jr. after this season. That would be my why. My why not is a matter of health. Madaris has been injured throughout his first couple seasons in East Lansing.
Who retires first: Tom Izzo or Mark Dantonio?
Oh boy. I would love to just go based on age, but Izzo is 59 and Dantonio is 58, so not much difference there. I would guess – GUESS – Dantonio.
I made my projections – which will inevitably come back to bite me – this morning. I do think Bullough slides inside and starts at middle linebacker. As for Frey, I think he will be battling for the backup spot and third-down package with Jalyn Powell. Reschke is coming off shoulder surgery and I do not think Dantonio has commented on his status for spring ball. It would be a benefit to have him competing as I think he will have a good push to start.
I think early it should be Lang. He is the veteran of the group and is built to take on that role. Chmura would be the other guy I think is in that mix. Lyles’ strength is not blocking and he is more of a strength in the passing game. I think Sokol will fit that bill as more of a downfield guy as well, but he will be well equipped to block.
Any news on the preferred walk-on Kenny Goins? How is he progressing? I also heard there was a preferred walk-on point guard. If this is true, who is he and any information on him?
Goins looks pretty good in practice. He has a lot of length and athleticism and looks like he could be an asset in the future. There is not a walk-on point guard, but I assume you are referring to Matt Van Dyk, who is a 6-foot-5 guard/forward. I believe he played junior college ball at St. Clair County Community College and transferred.