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Denzel Valentine
Denzel  Valentine

Class:
Junior

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 220

Position:
G

Hometown/High School:
Lansing, Mich./Sexton


04/10/2015

Grinz on Green: Izzo Proud of His Team's Commitment That Fueled Final Four Run

MSU head coach Tom Izzo reflects on the season during his year-in-review press conference.

04/05/2015

Spartans Already Looking Forward to Next Season

04/03/2015

Final Four Press Conference Coverage: Friday

MSU head coach Tom Izzo meets with the media for the final time before the Spartans take on Duke Saturday.

04/02/2015

Grinz on Green: Team Chemistry a Key Ingredient in MSU's Final Four Run

03/30/2015

Spartans Display Heart in East Regional Final; Earn Trip to Final Four

Michigan State rallied from an 8-point halftime deficit against Louisville to advance to its seventh Final Four under Tom Izzo.

04/04/2015

MSU vs Duke - Final Four

Michigan State took on Duke on April 4, 2015 in the Final Four matchup.

04/03/2015

Friday Final Four Practice and Press Conference

Photos from Friday's Final Four Michigan State Practice and Press Conference sessions

03/29/2015

Men's Basketball vs. Louisville

NCAA Tournament on March 29, 2015

03/22/2015

NCAA Tournament: Michigan State vs. Virginia

USATSI photos of the men's tournament -- 3/22/15

03/15/2015

Men's Basketball vs. Wisconsin

Big Ten Tournament Championship Game on March 15, 2015.

Career Stats
2012-13 Game-by-Game Stats
2013-14 Game-by-Game Stats
2014-15 Game-by-Game Stats

Seven career double-doubles • Ranks tied for seventh in MSU history with 161 made 3-pointers.

2014-15
Co-Team MVP (Media Vote) • Third Team All-Big Ten • USBWA All-District V • MSU Most Improved Player • Co-recipient of MSU’s Antonio Smith Glue and Guts Award • NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team • Only player in the Big Ten to rank in the Top 15 in scoring (12th, 14.5 ppg), rebounding (11th, 6.3 rpg) and assists (7th, 4.3 apg) • Also ranked in the Top 15 in conference games in scoring (12th, 14,6 ppg), rebounding (t-7th, 6.6 rpg) and assists (7th, 4.1 apg) • Ranked second on the team in scoring, rebounding and assists • Only Spartan to start all 39 games • Became the 48th player in MSU history to score 1,000 career points during his 18-point effort against Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 • Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in 3-point field-goal percentage (.416) and second in 3-point field goals made (2.6) • Ranked third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made (2.6) in Big Ten games • Ranked eighth in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio overall (1.8) and 10th in Big Ten games (1.9) • Turned in the third-best single-season total for made 3-pointers in MSU history (102) • Led the Spartans with a .826 free-throw percentage, including .857 in the NCAA Tournament • Scored in double figures in 29 contests, including eight games with 20 points or more • Led MSU in scoring in 16 games, in assists in 19 contests, and in rebounding seven times • Scored a season-high 27 points vs. Minnesota, including knocking down 7-of-12 3-pointers • Other top scoring efforts include 25 points vs. Marquette, knocking down six 3-pointers, and 25 points vs. Michigan, adding seven rebounds and seven assists against the Wolverines • Led MSU with 23 points against Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals • Scored 22 points vs. Duke in the Final Four … Tallied 22 points at Notre Dame • Recorded three double-doubles, ranking second on the team, including games against Santa Clara (13 points, 11 rebounds), Nebraska (21 pts., 11 reb.) and Duke (22 pts., 11 reb.) • Grabbed seven or more rebounds in 17 games, including eight games with eight or more boards • Recorded a season-high 11 rebounds against both Santa Clara and Nebraska • Dished out six or more assists in 16 games, including eight contests with seven or more • Recorded a season-high eight assists against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Eastern Michigan and Northwestern • Averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists in the NCAA Tournament • Third on the team with 35 steals • Earned a spot on the Orlando Classic All-Tournament Team, averaging 19.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in three games.

2013-14
Appeared in 38 games, starting 33, averaging 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in 29.4 minutes per contest • Only Spartan to appear in all 38 games, ranking second on the team with 33 starts, and third in minutes per game (29.4 mpg) • Honorable-mention All-Big Ten honoree, as selected by both the league's media and coaches • Recipient of MSU's Unsung Player, Most Improved Player and Inspirational Player Awards, and tri-recipient of the Jumping Johnny Green Chairman of the Boards Award • Started the final 30 games of the season • Ranked second on the squad in assists (3.8 apg), third in rebounds (6.0 rpg) and fifth in scoring (8.0 mpg) • Only player in the Big Ten to rank in the Top 15 in both rebounding (t-11th) and assists (8th) • In conference games, ranked seventh in the Big Ten in rebounding (6.4 rpg) and sixth in assists (4.1 apg) • Ranked third overall in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) and second in conference games (2.3) • Ranked seventh in the Big Ten in defensive rebounding overall (4.8 drpg) and tied for fourth in conference games (5.0 drpg) • Led MSU in rebounding in 11 games and in assists in 16 games, including four games doing both • Recorded three double-doubles, including in games against New Orleans (12/28; 10 points, 13 rebounds), Illinois (1/18; 15 points, 11 rebounds), and Penn State (2/6; 11 points, 11 rebounds); finished just four assists short of a triple-double against New Orleans and Penn State after recording six assists in both contests • Ranked fourth on the team in 3-point field goals made (43) and third in attempts (114) • Ranked third on the team with 37 steals • Scored in double-figures in 16 games • Scored a season-high 16 points in games against Northwestern (2/13) and Purdue (2/20) • Other top scoring efforts included 15 points against both Mount St. Mary's (11/29) and Illinois (1/18) • Recorded double-figure rebounds in five games, and grabbed six or more boards in 22 games • Dished out five or more assists in 11 games, including eight games with six or more • Recorded a season-high nine assists Iowa (3/6), while recording seven against Mount St. Mary's (11/29) • Tallied two or more steals in 10 games, including four each against Oakland (12/14), Minnesota (1/11) and Penn State (2/6).

2012-13
Recipient of MSU's Unsung Player Award • Appeared in all 36 games, starting 15, averaging 20.8 minutes • Averaged 5.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, ranking fourth on the team, and 2.4 assists, ranking second on the squad • Scored in double figures on six occasions, including a season-high 14 points against Illinois on Jan. 31; MSU was 6-0 when he scored in double figures • Made his first career start in the fourth game of the season, scoring 12 points against Boise State (11/20) • Also scored 12 points at Bowling Green (12/18), hitting 5-of-6 shots, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range • Posted a double-double against Oakland (11/23), scoring 10 points and grabbing a season-high 10 rebounds, while dishing out a season-high six assists; his brother Drew was a senior on the Golden Grizzly squad • Grabbed six or more rebounds in 11 contests • Led MSU in rebounding in five contests • Other top rebound efforts included a team-high nine boards against Michigan (2/12), and eight each against Connecticut (11/9) and Nebraska (1/13) • The eight boards against Connecticut were the fifth-most ever by an MSU freshman in his Spartan debut • Led MSU in assists in 10 games, including a season-high six helpers against both Oakland and Memphis (3/23) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament • Posted four assists or more in nine contests • Tied for fourth on the team with 16 made 3-pointers (16-57, .281).

High School
2012 Lansing State Journal Player of the Year • 2012 Associated Press Class B Player of the Year • 2012 Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News Dream Team honoree • Finished second in the voting for the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award • Led Sexton High School to a second straight Class B Michigan State Championship in 2012, playing for his father, Carlton Valentine • Nearly averaged a triple double as a senior with 14 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists per game, leading the Big Reds to a 27-1 record • Ranked among the top 100 players in the nation by Rivals.com (#81) and ESPNU100 (#98) • Rated among the top players at his position by Rivals.com (#15 shooting guard), ESPNU100 (#26 small forward), and Scout.com (#27 small forward) • 2011 First-Team All-State Class B selection as chosen by the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News • Lansing State Journal Dream Team honoree • Led Sexton High School to 2011 Class B State Championship, the school's first state title in 51 years, tallying 17 points, six rebounds and three assists in 75-60 win over Muskegon Heights in the state title game • Averaged 12.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 5.4 steals and 1.1 blocks as a junior • Attended 2011 NBA Top 100 Camp • Averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 assists and 6.3 rebounds as a sophomore, leading Sexton to state title game • 2010 Class B honorable mention all-state.

Personal
Born Nov. 16, 1993 • Son of Carlton and Kathy Valentine • His father was a four-year letterwinner at MSU 1985-88 • Brother Drew played on the basketball team at Oakland University • Plans to major in business.