MSU head coach Tom Izzo addresses the media following the Spartans NCAA Tournament run.
MSU head coach Tom Izzo previews the Spartans' Sweet 16 matchup with No. 1-seed Virginia.
First All-District honors for Harris and Payne.
NCAA Sweet Sixteen Open Practice - Phoenix, AZ. March 21st, 2012.
Keith Appling scored 19 points for Michigan State.
Michigan State vs. LIU-Brooklyn NCAA Tournament Round 2
Michigan State practices for an NCAA game against Long Island.
Michigan State 68, Ohio State 64 - AP Photos
2012 NABC National Player of the Year and Consensus First-Team All-American Michigan State's leading career rebounder (1,096 rebounds) One of three players in MSU history with 1,000 career points (1,517 points) and 1,000 career rebounds Ranks second in MSU career blocks (117) and steals (180) 80 career double-figure scoring games and 50 career double-figure rebounding efforts 40 career double-doubles and three career triple-doubles (ranking second in MSU history only to Earvin "Magic" Johnson) During his career, he led MSU in scoring in 31 games, in rebounding in 78 games, and in assists in 45 games.
NABC Division I National Player of the Year Consensus First-Team All-American Named First-Team All-American by The Associated Press, NABC, John R. Wooden Award, Sporting News, USBWA and CBSSports.com Named to Dick Vitale's First-Team All-Solid Gold Super Seven Finished third in voting for John R. Wooden Award Named Big Ten Player of the Year by both the league's coaches and media Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player Unanimous selection for First-Team All-Big Ten Big Ten All-Defensive Team USBWA District V Player of the Year NABC All-District Honoree One of four finalists for Naismith Award Finalist, Lowe's Senior CLASS Award MSU Team MVP as voted on by the media and his teammates Recipient of MSU's Jumping Johnny Green Chairman of the Boards Award, Antonio Smith Glue and Guts Award, and the Stephen G. Scofes Inspirational Player Award Four-time Big Ten Player of the Week (Dec. 12, Jan. 30, Feb. 13, Feb. 20) USBWA Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week - Feb. 21 Dick Vitale's National Player of the Week Led the Big Ten and ranked third nationally with 22 double-doubles Led the Big Ten and ranked ninth nationally in rebounding (10.6 rpg) Led MSU in scoring (16.2 ppg), rebounding (10.6 rpg), steals (54), field goals made (212) and attempted (472), 3-point field goals made (52) and attempted (134), and free throws attempted (.723) Ranked second on the squad in blocks (36), assists (3.8 apg) and made free throws (125) Averaged 16.7 points and 10.6 rebounds in conference games Averaged 17.7 points and 13.7 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament, earning a spot on the NCAA Tournament All-West Region Team Scored in double figures in 33 of 37 games, including 11 games of 20 or more points and one game of more than 30 points Led MSU in scoring in 20 games, in rebounding in 31 games and in assists in 14 games Led MSU in scoring, rebounding and assists in the same game seven times Became the first player from a power six conference to average 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists since Tim Duncan in 1996-97 Led the nation with seven games of at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists; the only other player since 1996-97 to have seven such games in a season was Evan Turner in 2009-10 The only player to rank in the Top 10 in the Big Ten in scoring (5th), rebounding (1st) and assists (8th) Recorded his third career triple double and second career NCAA Tournament triple double with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the second round vs. LIU Brooklyn; he joins Earvin "Magic" Johnson (2) and Oscar Robertson (4) as players with more than one NCAA Tournament triple-double Scored a career-high 34 points in MSU's win at No. 23 Gonzaga, knocking down 11-of-13 shots, including 4-of-5 3-pointers, and 8-of-9 foul shots Started 36 of 27 games Blocked a career-high six shots against Lehigh Recorded five or more assists in 14 games Grabbed his 1,000th career rebound on Feb. 25 vs. Nebraska, becoming one of just four players in MSU history with 1,000 career rebounds and one of three with 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds Scored his 1,000th career point early in the season vs. Florida State Played with USA Basketball at the 2011 World University Games, averaging 8.6 points and 6.0 rebounds, ranking second on the team in boards.
Appeared in 34 games, starting 28 Third-team All-Big Ten honoree Co-Captain Recipient of MSU's Jumping Johnny Green Chairman of the Boards Award and Stephen G. Scofes Inspirational Award, and co-recipient of the Antonio Smith Glue and Guts Award Named Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 17 Led Spartans in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and assists (4.1 apg) One of just 10 players in the nation to lead his team in rebounding and assists His 141 assists were the most ever by a Spartan frontcourt player Ranked second on the team in scoring (12.6 ppg) Led the Spartans in steals (60) and ranked second in blocks (38) Became just the third player in Michigan State history to record a triple-double, doing it twice, vs. Penn State (2/10; 15 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists) and UCLA (3/17; 23 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) His triple-double vs. UCLA was just the third by a Spartan in NCAA Tournament history, and just the seventh official triple-double in NCAA Tournament history (an additional eight unofficial triple doubles are also listed in the NCAA Tournament record books) Led MSU in rebounding in 25 games, in assists in 18 games and in scoring six times In 15 games, Green led the squad in both rebounds and assists, including four games leading the team in points, rebounds and assists (vs. Connecticut (11/23), Purdue (1/22), Iowa (3/10), UCLA (3/17)) Scored in double figures in 25 games, and recorded double-figures in rebounds in 14 games Recorded 10 double-doubles Scored a career-best 26 points vs. Wisconsin, including eight in overtime in MSU's 64-61 victory Led MSU in points (22), rebounds (12), assists (5) and blocks (3) vs. Connecticut at the Maui Invitational Tallied 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists at Purdue (1/22) Recorded 21 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals against Iowa (3/10) in the Big Ten Tournament Hit 10-of-10 free throws in MSU's 71-67 overtime win against Northwestern (1/15), including 6-of-6 in the game's final 37 seconds as MSU forced the extra period Came off the bench in five of the season's first nine games, but started 24 of the last 25 contests Tallied a career-best six steals vs. South Carolina (11/16) Recorded four steals in four games and three steals in three contests Equaled his career high with four blocks vs. South Carolina, while blocking three shots in six games Dished out five or more assists in 13 games, including six games with six or more helpers Made 37 3-point field goals after making just two in his first two seasons.
Appeared in 37 games, starting three Became the first player in Michigan State history to be named Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, winning the award by unanimous vote Named National Sixth Man of the Year by Yahoo! Sports Quad captain Averaged 9.9 points, ranking fourth on the team, and a team-best 7.7 rebounds on the season Voted Team MVP by the media Recipient of MSU's Most Improved Player, Chairman of the Boards and Antonio Smith Glue and Guts Awards Third-team All-Big Ten honoree Named to NCAA Tournament All-Midwest Region Team Ranked third in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.7 rpg) and fifth in field-goal percentage (.525) In league games, ranked fourth in the league in rebounding (7.6 rpg) and eighth in field-goal percentage (.508) Led MSU with seven double-doubles Led MSU in scoring in five games, scoring in double figures in 19 contests Led MSU in rebounding in 17 games, grabbing double-digit boards on 11 occasions Led MSU in assists in 13 games Recorded more assists (112) than any Spartan frontcourt player in MSU history Averaged the fourth-most minutes on the team (25.5 mpg) despite coming off the bench in 34 of 37 contests Scored a season-high 19 points on two occasions against Oakland (12/10) and UT Arlington (12/30), adding 12 rebounds against the OU Grizzlies, and a career-best seven assists against the Mavericks Outstanding 17-point, 16-rebound (career high) effort against Illinois (2/6) Tallied 15 points and 11 rebounds against Florida (11/27) Other double-doubles came against Florida Gulf Coast (11/13; 11 points, 10 rebounds), Iowa (1/9; 14 pts., 11 reb.), Purdue (2/28; 12 pts., 11 reb.) and Minnesota (3/12; 10 pts., 11 reb.) Dished out four or more assists on 12 occasions Led MSU with 45 steals and ranked second on the squad with 34 blocks Recorded a season-high five steals vs. IPFW (12/19), adding four more against Minnesota (1/13) Blocked a career-high four shots at Northwestern (1/2).
Appeared in 37 games off the Spartan bench Averaged 3.3 points and 3.3 rebounds on the season Three double-figure scoring games and two double-figure rebounding efforts Improved to average 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds during the NCAA Tournament, ranking fourth on the squad in scoring and second in rebounding, shooting a team-best .679 from the field in the tournament Scored six or more points in each game of the NCAA Tournament, after entering the tournament having scored six or more points just twice Opened the tournament by scoring a season-high 16 points against Robert Morris (3/20), hitting 7-of-8 shots Recorded nine rebounds and seven points vs. USC (3/22) in the second round Grabbed 10 rebounds, to go along with six points, against No. 1 seed Louisville (3/29) in the Elite Eight In the Final Four, scored eight second-half points against No. 1 seed Connecticut (4/4) and tallied seven points and seven rebounds against North Carolina (4/6) Posted his first double-double against Indiana (2/7), scoring 15 points, shooting 5-of-5 from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line, and grabbing a season-high 12 rebounds Turned in a solid effort with 10 points and seven rebounds vs. Alcorn State (12/13) Pulled down eight rebounds vs. Oklahoma State (11/28) in the Old Spice Classic Recorded 21 steals on the season, including a season-high three against Ohio State (3/14) in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
Led Saginaw High School to Michigan Class A State Championship for second straight year as a senior Averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots in leading the Trojans to a 27-1 record and a No. 4 national ranking by USA Today Named captain of the Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team The Detroit News Dream Team selection Tallied 21 points, 19 rebounds and four assists in 90-71 victory over Detroit Pershing in the 2008 state championship game Rated the No. 36 player in the ESPN 150, including the No. 13 power forward Ranked the No. 86 player overall in the nation by Scout.com, including the No. 26 power forward Averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals as a junior Led Saginaw to the Class A State Championship and a 26-1 record Posted 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in state title game 2007 Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News Dream Team Member, the lone junior on the team Shot 52 percent from the field and 73 percent from the foul line First-team all-area and all-conference selection Averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds as a sophomore Played AAU basketball for The Family, having previously played for the Michigan Mustangs Played for Coach Lou Dawkins at Saginaw High School.
Born March 4, 1990 Son of Mary Babers and Wallace Davis Communication major.