MSU sophomore Paul Davis and junior Chris Hill were named to the Wooden Award Preseason All-American Team on Thursday. The two join 50 other candidates, who were selected based on last year's individual performances and team records.
Hill was the Spartans leading scorer last year, averaging 13.7 points per game. The 6-foot-3 guard earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and connected on 95-of-235 three-point field goals. Hill was also selected to the 12-man squad that participated in the Pan-Am games this summer.
The 6-foot-10 Davis enjoyed a fine freshman season scoring 7.8 points per game and racking up 4.7 rebounds per game. Davis shined in the NCAA tournament as well, earning All-South Regional honors by scoring 11.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg. Davis also represented USA Basketball, where he joined teammate Mauric Ager on the Junior World Championship Team in Greece. The team finished with a 7-1 record.
Pan-Am Team fall in bronze-medal game
Tom Izzo and the Team USA men's Pan-American basketball team fell to Puerto Rico 76-70, ending the tournament with a 2-3 record.
Against Puerto Rico, USA found themselves down by 16 late in the fourth quarter. Despite a valiant effort, the deficit proved to be too much. Though the team did not bring home a medal, Izzo said it was a good experience for the whole team.
"It has been a great learning experience for me as a coach," Izzo said in a statement on www.msuspartans.com. "I don't think I've ever worked with a better bunch of guys in a tougher situation. They represented their country in a classy fashion and I am proud of them.
Two down, two to go
The National Signing Day will be held in November. That will be the first time, coaches can comment on recruits.