Lucious Hungry For More

The speedy point guard from Pius Xi High School in Milwaukee had a chance to watch his future teammates quite a few times this year and was impressed with their tournament run.

Heading into the 2008-09 Michigan State basketball season, the Spartans will have two major questions.

The first: Can the frontcourt continue to improve? And the second: Who will replace Drew Neitzel as a prolific outside shooter?

While Chris Allen appears poised to take on the latter role, he may get help from a fresh Spartan face: Korie Lucious.

"I think I'm best at shooting the ball, I can shoot the mid-range or the three," Lucious said, anticipating his role in his first season weaing the Green and White. "I can also pass very well so I think that will open up a lot during the game."

The speedy point guard from Pius Xi High School in Milwaukee had a chance to watch his future teammates quite a few times this year and was impressed with their tournament run.

"I was very impressed because throughout the season they lost a few games they should have won," he told GSN Wednesday night. "I was very happy to see them get to the Sweet 16."

But don't let his happiness about the Sweet 16 fool you. Lucious knows that he, along with the other two freshmen, can't be satisfied just getting back there.

"I know Delvon (Roe), Draymond (Green), and I are eager to get there, work hard to get back to the tournament and get even farther then what they did this year," he said.

The three incoming freshmen talk consistently with each other about their future at Michigan State. "It's important for us to keep in touch now so we already have a good relationship for next year."

That relationship should go a long way in establishing chemistry among three of the most talented players from the Midwest in the 2008 recruiting class.

Following the Spartans loss to Memphis, Lucious had a chance to talk with fellow Spartan point guard Kalin Lucas. The two discussed goals for next season and the prospects of sharing a backcourt.

"We talked about how we compliment each other. It's going to be hard to stop us, because we're both quick and able to shoot. I think we will bring a lot of excitement to East Lansing."

The combination of Lucas, Lucious, and Walton could make for the deepest and most well-rounded point guard corps in the nation.

As for Lucious's goals at Michigan State, he wants to become a model student-athlete. "I just want to become a better basketball player and get a good education so I can go far in life either with basketball or in the professional world. I want the opportunity to make money whether it's playing basketball or with a career."

The future Michigan State point guard plans to arrive in East Lansing in the second week of June and will bring this message with him: "Just tell Spartan fans to be ready for next year!"


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