MSU head coach Tom Izzo reflects on the season during his year-in-review press conference.
MSU head coach Tom Izzo meets with the media for the final time before the Spartans take on Duke Saturday.
Michigan State rallied from an 8-point halftime deficit against Louisville to advance to its seventh Final Four under Tom Izzo.
Michigan State took on Duke on April 4, 2015 in the Final Four matchup.
Photos from Friday's Final Four Michigan State Practice and Press Conference sessions
NCAA Tournament on March 29, 2015
USATSI photos of the men's tournament -- 3/22/15
Big Ten Tournament Championship Game on March 15, 2015.
MSU’s career blocks leader (142) Finished career No. 5 in MSU career starts (121), No. 6 in career steals (163), and No. 7 in career rebounds (902) Scored 1,309 career points, ranking 25th in MSU history One of just three players in MSU history with 1,000 career points and 100 career blocks, joining Draymond Green and Adreian Payne.
Second-Team All-Big Ten USBWA All-District V and NABC All-District 7 honoree Michigan State Co-MVP (media vote) Co-recipient of MSU’s Best Defensive Player Award Recipient of MSU’s Jumping Johnny Green Chairman of the Boards Award Big Ten All-Tournament Team honoree Big Ten All-Defensive Team honoree Averaged 9.1 rebounds overall and 9.8 in conference games, becoming the first player 6-foot-6 or shorter to lead the Big Ten in rebounding overall since 1991 and in Big Ten action since 1988 Ranked 35th in the nation in rebounding Appeared in 35 games, starting 32, averaging 11.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists Recorded nine double-doubles, including a conference-best eight in Big Ten play Grabbed double-figure rebounds in 11 Big Ten games, and 14 games overall Led MSU in rebounding 25 games Scored in double figures in 23 games, leading the team in six contests Ranked sixth in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage (.535), including third in conference games (.581) Led the conference in offensive rebounds, both overall (2.9 orpg) and in Big Ten play (3.2 orpg) Grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds in two games against Notre Dame and Nebraska, tying the best effort by a Spartan since 2007 Grabbed nine offensive rebounds against the Fighting Irish, tying the third most by a Spartan since 1986-87 Scored a season-high 23 points at Michigan, adding 13 rebounds Dished out a career-best seven assists against Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals Averaged 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in the Big Ten Tournament and 12.9 points and 8.4 rebounds in eight postseason games Also posted double-doubles against Notre Dame (16 points, 18 rebounds), Indiana (14 pts., 13 reb. ), Iowa (14 pts., 15 reb.), Maryland (14 pts., 10 reb.), Penn State (12 pts., 10 reb.), Rutgers (17 pts., 11 reb.), Michigan (19 pts., 10 reb.), Ohio State (15 pts., 11 reb.), and Michigan (23 pts., 13 reb.) Blocked two or more shots in 16 contests, including four games with four blocks and a season-high five blocks against Ohio State Recorded two or more steals in 11 games, including a season-high four at Rutgers.
Appeared in 28 games, starting 23, averaging 11.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 28.3 minutes per game Co-recipient of MSU's Antonio Smith Glue and Guts and John E. Benington Best Defensive Player Awards and tri-recipient of the Jumping Johnny Green Chairman of the Boards Award Missed 10 games due to injury, including nine straight from Jan. 25 through Feb. 23 with a broken right hand Named Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten Tournament, averaging 15.0 points and 7.3 rebounds, shooting .750 (21-of-28) from the field Ranked third on the team in scoring and led the Spartans in rebounding Would have ranked second in the Big Ten in rebounding and led the conference in field-goal percentage (.613) had he played in one more game and been eligible in the Big Ten statistics Averaged 15.7 points and 8.1 rebounds in seven postseason games, shooting .681 from the field Ranked fourth on the team in steals (35) and second in steals per game (1.3 spg) Ranked third on the team in blocks (25) and blocks per game (0.9 bpg) Led MSU in rebounding in 19 games and in scoring in four games MSU was 24-4 when he played and 20-3 when he started Scored in double-figures in 15 games, including three games of 20 points or more Scored a career-high 26 points against Harvard (3/22) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, connecting on 12-of-15 field-goal attempts, and grabbing nine rebounds Posted a double-double against Virginia (3/28) in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, totaling 24 points and 10 rebounds Other top scoring efforts included 20 points at Penn State (12/31), adding nine rebounds, and 18 points against Oklahoma (11/23) in the championship game of the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic, adding 10 rebounds for a double-double Tied for second in the Big Ten and first on the team with six double-doubles Posted double-doubles against McNeese State (11/8; 12 points, 12 rebounds), Virginia Tech (11/22; 12 points, 10 rebounds), Oklahoma (11/23; 18 points, 10 rebounds), Oakland (12/14; 16 points, 13 rebounds), Texas (12/21; 11 points, 10 rebounds), and Virginia (3/28; 24 points, 10 rebounds) Grabbed double-figure rebounds in 10 games, totaling eight or more rebounds in 18 of 28 contests Tied his career high with a season-high 13 rebounds against Oakland (12/14) Recorded two or more steals in 10 contests, including a career-high tying and season-high five steals against Iowa (3/6) Other top efforts include four steals against No. 1 Kentucky (11/12), and three against both Virginia Tech (11/22) and Indiana (1/4) Notched a season-high three blocks against Oakland (12/14), Northwestern (1/15) and Iowa (3/6) Dished out a season-high five assists against McNeese State (11/8), and tallied four against Delaware (3/20) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Appeared in all 36 games, starting 35, averaging 26.9 minutes, fourth most on the team Did not miss a game or practice all season despite suffering a torn left ACL in the 2012 regular-season finale Averaged 8.9 points, fifth best on the team, and 5.9 rebounds, third best on the team Shot .531 from the field, ranking second on the team among players with more than 100 attempts, and seventh in the Big Ten Led the Spartans in steals (57), ranking sixth in the Big Ten (1.6 spg) In conference games, he ranked sixth in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage (.532) and eighth in steals (1.4 spg) Scored in double figures in 16 games, leading the team in two contests MSU was 13-3 when he scored in double-figures Scored a season-high 20 points at Purdue (2/9), hitting 7-of-9 from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line Recorded three double-doubles on the season, including an 18-point, 13-rebound performance at Wisconsin (1/22) Also posted double-doubles against Connecticut (11/9) in the season opener (15 pts., 10 reb.) and against Purdue (1/5) at home (14 pts., 11 reb.) Grabbed double-digit rebounds in five contests, with 12 games recording seven rebounds or more MSU was undefeated in the six games where he led the Spartans in rebounding Tallied a season-high five steals against both Connecticut (11/9) and Texas Southern (11/18) Ranked second on the team in blocks (33), including blocking a season-high four shots against Loyola-Chicago (12/8) and Nebraska (2/16).
Started the first 31 games of the season, averaging 8.4 points and 4.5 rebounds Missed the final six contests after suffering a torn left ACL in the regular-season finale vs. Ohio State Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree Honorable mention All-Big Ten (media vote) Ranked fourth on the team in scoring and second in rebounding Third on the squad in both steals (29) and blocks (26) Ranked fourth in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage overall (.577) and third in conference games (.584) Led the squad in field-goal percentage, ranking fourth all-time among Spartan freshmen Ranked seventh in the Big Ten in offensive rebounding overall (2.2 orpg) and sixth in conference games (2.1 orpg) Ranked 13th in the Big Ten in blocked shots overall (0.8 bpg) and 11th in conference games (0.9 bpg) Scored in double figures in 12 contests Led the Spartans in scoring in four games, including contests vs. Texas Southern (11/18 - 13 points), UMKC (12/19 - 16 points), Purdue (1/21 - 14 points) and Illinois (1/31 - 12 points) Twice scored a season-high 16 points, including games against UMKC (12/19) and Minnesota (1/25) Ranked second on the team with three double-doubles: vs. Central Connecticut State (12/7 - 11 points, 11 rebounds), at Illinois (1/31 - 12 points, 13 rebounds) and at Purdue (2/19 - 15 points, 11 rebounds), leading MSU in rebounding in all three games Grabbed six or more rebounds on 10 occasions, including a season high 13 at Illinois (1/31) Tallied two steals on 10 occasions, including two games with three steals Blocked two or more shots in nine games, including a season-high four blocks vs. Minnesota (1/25) Ranks third all-time among Spartan freshmen with 26 blocks Grabbed seven rebounds in his Spartan debut against North Carolina (11/11), tied for the fifth-most ever by a MSU freshman in his first game Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Jan. 30, becoming the first Spartan honored in the two-year history of the award, following his 16-point effort vs. Minnesota (1/25).
2011 McDonald's All-American, recording nine points and eight rebounds in the McDonald's All-American Game Participant in McDonald's All-American Game Powerade Jam Fest 2011 PARADE Magazine Third-Team All-American Averaged 28.7 points, 18.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists as a senior for Coach Renaldo Thomas at Lew Wallace High School, leading team to a sectional championship and the regional semifinials Member of Indiana All-Stars, competing against Kentucky All-Stars 2011 Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-State selection 2011 Northwest Indiana Times Player of the Year Played in 2011 Derby Festival Classic Ranked among the top 25 players in the nation by Scout.com (#13), Rivals.com (#20) and ESPNU Top 100 (#22) Rated the No. 4 small forward in the nation by Scout.com, No. 5 by ESPNU Top 100 and No. 7 by Rivals.com 2010 Associated Press First-team All-State honoree 2010 Northwest Indiana Times Player of the Year Averaged 23.1 points, 14.7 rebounds, 4.8 steals and 3.1 blocks as a junior, shooting 62 percent from the field Led Lew Wallace High School to a 19-5 mark and the 3A state championship game, totaling 22 points and 11 rebounds in an overtime loss Participated in 2010 LeBron James and Paul Pierce Skills Academies Participated in 2010 NBA Top 100 Camp Three-time all-area selection Averaged 17.3 points, 15 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 4.5 steals and 3.8 blocks as a sophomore AAU teammate of fellow freshman Travis Trice for SYF Players.
Born Feb 1, 1993 Son of Leon Albritton and Cassandra Dawson Sociology major.