Spartans go from unranked at the beginning of the season to a 29-8 record, winning a share of the Big Ten regular-season title and the Big Ten Tournament along the way.
Billiken head coach Rick Majerus believes the Spartans can make another run at the National Championship.
Tom Izzo has developed affection for this team that is fun to be around.
Michigan State practices for an NCAA game against Long Island.
Michigan State 68, Ohio State 64 - AP Photos
AP Photos: No. 8 MSU vs. No. 14 Wisconsin
AP Photos: No. 8 Michigan State vs. Iowa
Michigan State vs. Indiana - AP Photos
Solid in many different aspects of the game Versatile wing player with the ability to play and defend multiple positions Possesses great toughness.
Appeared in all 34 games, starting five Averaged 2.0 points and 11.1 minutes Shot a team-best .933 from the foul line (14-15) Scored a career-best 10 points in 22 minutes in the season opener vs. Eastern Michigan (11/12), adding five rebounds and two steals Narrowly missed double-double with nine points and nine rebounds vs. Prairie View A&M (12/18) Also tallied nine points and six rebounds, including five offensive boards, vs. Bowling Green (12/4) Scored seven points vs. Iowa (3/2) Dished out a season-high three assists vs. Washington (11/24).
Appeared in 33 games off the Spartan bench Averaged 1.0 points and 1.1 rebounds Scored a season-high five points vs. IPFW (12/19) Averaged 8.2 minutes and 1.8 points in the NCAA Tournament Contributed four points in a season-high tying 12 minutes vs. Maryland (3/21), in MSU's 85-83 NCAA Tournament second-round victory Played 12 minutes vs. Butler (4/3) in the 2010 Final Four Scored four points vs. Florida (11/27) Established a season-high with 12 minutes vs. UMass (11/28).
Appeared in 27 games Averaged 1.2 points and 0.8 rebounds Scored a season-high nine points in the season opener against Idaho (11/16), knocking down three 3-pointers Scored five points against Oklahoma State (11/28) in the Old Spice Classic Scored four points each against Alcorn State (12/13) and Ohio State (3/14) in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Grabbed a season-high five rebounds in a season-high 11 minutes against Bradley (12/7) Tallied three rebounds each against North Carolina (4/6) in the NCAA Championship game and versus Maryland (11/27) in the Old Spice Classic.
2007 The Associated Press All-State Class B Named to the 2007 Grand Rapids Press Dream Team, the Detroit Free Press Dream Team and The Detroit News Class B First Team Led Coach Andy Secor's Cedar Springs team to the Class B regional finals, averaging 26.0 points, 12.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists as a senior, capturing a fourth-consecutive district championship and a third conference title in four years with a 22-2 record Shot 86.3 percent from the foul line and 49.8 percent from the field Owns the Michigan High School record with 572 career made free throws and ranks second all-time in the state with 54 consecutive made free throws Averaged 24.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a junior, leading Cedar Springs to a 19-5 record and the regional semifinals 2006 Grand Rapids Press second-team Dream Team selection Earned all-state honorable mention accolades from The Associated Press 2006 all-area and all-conference selection Averaged 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as a sophomore 2005 first-team all-conference selection Averaged 7.6 points, nine rebounds and four assists as a freshman Played AAU basketball with the Michigan Mustangs for two years and the Michigan Hurricanes for one year Was also the starting quarterback for the football team as a sophomore and junior, but opted to concentrate on basketball as a senior 2006 and 2007 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Academic All-State honoree National Honor Society member.
Born Aug. 3, 1988 Son of Thomas and Sara Thornton Interdisciplinary studies-human resources major.