Post Game Notes: Penn State
Neitzel Career Game-By-Game Stats
MSU's all-time leader in career free-throw percentage (.866) ... Ranks among the Spartan career leaders in assists (4th, 582), 3-point field goals made (3rd, 273) and 3-point field-goal attempted (3rd, 684), points (14th, 1,534), games played (2nd, 138) and games started (t-5th, 117) ... One of just three players in Michigan State history and 12 players in Big Ten history with 1,500 points and 500 assists ... Finished 10th in career assists in Big Ten history (582).
Second-team Academic All-American, becoming just the fifth player in Michigan State history to receive that honor ... First-team All-Big Ten as selected by the league's coaches, becoming the first Spartan to receive back-to-back first-team all-conference honors since 2000 ... Second-team All-Big Ten as chosen by the media ... Named Team MVP as chosen by the media and his teammates, sharing the team award with Raymar Morgan ... Co-captain ... Appeared in 36 games, starting 35 ... Tri-recipient of MSU's Scholar-Athlete Award ... NABC and USBWA All-District ... One of 10 finalists for Senior CLASS Award ... Academic All-District ... Made 97 3-pointers, the third-best single season in MSU history ... Connected on two or more 3-pointers in 29 games ... Ranked seventh in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.84) ... Led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio and ranked fourth in assists (4.03 apg), free-throw percentage (.860) and 3-point field goals made (2.69 pg), seventh in scoring (13.9 ppg), 11th in minutes played (31.58 mpg), and 12th in 3-point field-goal percentage (.398) ... Ranked second on the squad in scoring and assists, while leading the team in minutes played ... Selected to CBE Classic All-Tournament Team ... Scored in double-figures in 28 games ... Led MSU in scoring in 16 games and in assists in 16 games ... Posted seven games with 20 points or more ... Scored 21 points and hit five 3-pointers in 2008 NCAA Tournament Second Round vs. Pittsburgh (3/22) ... Scored a game-high 26 points in Big Ten semifinals vs. Wisconsin (3/15) ... Tallied season-high 28 points vs. Ohio State in Big Ten quarterfinals (3/14) ... Led MSU with 21 points at Indiana (2/16) ... Scored 21 points vs. Northwestern, including 13 over a 3:35 span (2/9) ... Scored 20 points and made six 3-pointers at Northwestern (1/24) ... Scored 17 of his 19 points vs. Minnesota (1/20) in the second half, connecting on five straight 3-pointers ... Scored 21 points against Missouri (11/19) ... Dished out a season-high eight assists in the season opener against Chicago State (11/13) ... Tallied seven assists in four games, including contests against Jacksonville (12/1), San Jose State (12/19), Michigan (1/27) and Memphis (3/28) ... Recorded 35 steals on the season, including a career-best four at Iowa (1/12) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... MSU's Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree.
Made the 2007 USA Pan American Games Team, helping the team to a 3-2 record ... Led the squad in minutes (29.6 mpg) and assists (2.2 apg), while ranking fifth in scoring (8.2 ppg) ... Served as a counselor for top high school point guards at the Steve Nash Skills Academy in New Jersey ... Also attended the LeBron James US Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio, which hosted some of the top prep players in the nation.
Second-Team All-American as selected by CBS Sportsline.com and ESPN's Dick ... The Associated Press honorable mention All-American ... NABC and USBWA All-District honoree ... First-Team All-Big Ten as selected by both the league's coaches and media ... Voted Michigan State's MVP by both the media and his teammates ... John R. Wooden Midseason All-American and one of 22 players to appear on the national ... Named one of the five most improved major-conference players in America by The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy ... Named National Player of the Week by ESPN.com's Andy Katz after averaging 22.5 points in two games, including 28 in an upset of No. 1 Wisconsin ... Named the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player by collegeinsider.com ... Three-time Big Ten Player of the Week (Nov. 20, Nov. 27, Feb. 26) ... Named to the Collegehoops.net All-Improved Team ... Named to the 2KSports College Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team and the MVP of the East Lansing Regional ... Started 34 of 35 games, coming off the bench against Michigan (2/27) while suffering from the flu ... Averaged 35.7 minutes per game, including 36.2 in Big Ten games, the most by a Spartan since Steve Smith in 1991 ... Played a full 40 minutes in four games ... Connected on 114-of-277 3-pointers, establishing a Michigan State single-season mark for 3-point attempts, while the 114 made 3-pointers rank as the second-best single-season total at MSU ... The 114 made 3-pointers and the 277 attempts rank as the fourth-best single-season totals in Big Ten history ... Ranked fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (18.1 ppg), fifth in assists (4.31 apg), first in free-throw percentage (.879), first in 3-point field goals made (3.26 pg), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.84) and second in minutes played (35.69 mpg) ... His .879 free-throw percentage ranks fifth in MSU single-season history, aided by games against Chicago State (12/16) and Illinois (1/14) where he was a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line ... Averaged 18.3 points in conference games, ranking third in the Big Ten ... Improved his scoring average from 8.3 ppg as a sophomore in 2005-06 to 18.1 ppg in 2006-07, an increase of +9.8 ppg, the third-largest increase by a starter in school history ... Led MSU in scoring in 23 games ... Scored 20 or more points in 17 of 35 games and 17 or more points in 23 games ... Became the 37th player in Spartan history to score 1,000 career points, by scoring 12 against Marquette (3/15) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Averaged 7.1 points in the first half and 11.0 in the second half, posting nine games in which he scored at least 10 more points in the second half than he did in the first ... Scored a career-best 32 points against Chicago State (12/16) ... Scored 29 points at Ohio State (1/27), tallying 24 in the second half and out-scoring the Buckeyes by a single point in the stanza ... Scored 28 points against both Penn State (1/20) and Wisconsin (2/20) ... Recorded 26 points each against Vermont (11/21) and North Carolina (3/17) ... Tallied his first-career double-double against Loyola (Md.) (12/30) with 10 points and a career-high 12 assists ... Ranked second on the team with 151 assists, leading the team in 15 games ... Recorded 14 assists and no turnovers in two Big Ten Tournament games ... Tallied six or more assists in seven games ... Fifth on the team in rebounding average (2.8 rpg) ... Grabbed a career-best eight rebounds vs. Vermont (11/21) and added six more against Texas (11/16) and Michigan (2/13) ... Posted 12 games with four or more rebounds ... Second on the team with 29 steals ... Recorded four steals against Maryland (11/17) ... Academic All-Big Ten.
Started all 34 games at point guard ... Ranked third in the Big Ten in assists (5.56 apg), first in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.86) and sixth in 3-point field-goal percentage (.404) ... In conference games, tied for the league lead in assists (5.56 apg) and ranked first in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.78) ... Led MSU in assists in 28 of 34 games, including one double-figure effort of 12 assists, against only one turnover, vs. Michigan (2/18) ... Other top assist efforts included nine against Arkansas-Little Rock (12/3), committing just one turnover, eight-assist games vs. Chaminade (11/21) and George Mason (3/17) and six games with seven assists ... Committed two or fewer turnovers in 24 games ... Recorded 14 double-figure scoring performances ... Scored a season-high 19 points against Penn State (1/18), shooting 7-of-11 from the field, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, and adding seven assists ... Scored 17 points against Georgia Tech (11/30), while adding seven assists ... Other top scoring efforts included 15 points at Michigan (1/25), and 14-point games against Wichita State (12/10), Tennessee Tech (12/28), Wisconsin (1/8) and George Mason (3/17), adding eight assists and no turnovers ... Posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 assists vs. Michigan (2/18) ... Grabbed a season-best five rebounds against Wisconsin (3/2), adding four games with four rebounds ... Recorded 20 steals, including two against Hawaii (11/19) and UW-Green Bay (12/21) ... Shot 93.2 percent (41-of-44) from the free-throw line, but did not have enough attempts to rank among the Big Ten leaders ... Went more than three months (23 games between Dec. 3 and March 9) without missing a free throw ... Academic All-Big Ten.
Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Appeared in all 33 games, starting 14 of the final 15 contests ... Ranked second on the team with 97 assists (2.9 apg) and an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.06-to-1 ... Led all Big Ten freshmen in assists ... Led the Spartans in assists in seven games ... Recorded a season-high seven assists in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Vermont (3/20) and against Ohio State (2/9) ... Other top assist efforts included dishing out six against UNC Asheville (12/29), while committing no turnovers, and recording five against UW-Green Bay (11/23), Nicholls State (11/27), Oakland (1/29), Minnesota (2/16) and Penn State (3/5) ... Posted an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.5-to-1 in the final 28 games of the season, committing more than two turnovers on just one occasion ... Scored a season-high 10 points in 15 minutes at Purdue (2/19) ... Recorded nine points in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Old Dominion (3/18), and tallied eight points against UW-Green Bay (11/23) and UCLA (12/21), shooting 3-of-3 from the field, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range, against the Bruins ... Averaged 4.6 points and 3.0 assists as a starter ... Earned his first career start at Iowa (2/5), playing a season-high 25 minutes ... Turned in a solid seven-point, five-assist effort against Minnesota (2/16) ... Recorded a season-high three steals against Florida A&M (11/19) in his Spartan debut ... Registered two steals in four other contests ... Averaged 5.0 points and 3.4 assists in starting five NCAA Tournament games, shooting 50.0 percent from the field, tied for the team lead among players with 10 field-goal attempts.
2004 Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award winner ... 2004 Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News Dream Team member ... The Associated Press Class B Player of the Year ... 2004 fourth-team Parade Magazine All-American ... Class B Academic All-State ... Averaged 33.0 points and 9.2 assists as a senior at Wyoming Park High School, playing for Coach Thom Vander Klay ... Led the Vikings to the Class B state semifinals, finishing the season with a 23-4 mark ... Scored a career-high 57 points against Hudsonville one night after scoring 45 against Caledonia ... Owns the school career records for points (2,462) and assists (692), while ranking second in the state in assists and sixth in scoring ... Rated the No. 34 player in the nation by Dave Telep of the TheInsidersHoops.com, No. 41 by Clak Francis of Hoop Scoop, No. 50 by Bob Gibbons and Van Coleman of Hoopmasters.com and No. 68 by RivalsHoops.com ... Ranked the No. 9 point guard by TheInsidersHoops.com, No. 12 by Hoopmasters.com and No. 13 by RivalsHoops.com ... Named Most Outstanding Player at 2003 Five-Star Camp ... Averaged 27.2 points, 8.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds as a junior, leading the Vikings to a 16-6 record ... 2003 Detroit Free Press Dream Team honoree, while also earning first-team all-state honors from The Detroit News ... Grand Rapids Press Dream Team selection ... BCAM Academic All-State honoree ... Averaged 3.0 steals and shot 81 percent from the free throw line as a junior ... Attended the 2003 USA Basketball Development Festival in Colorado Springs ... 2003 Adidas Big Time All-Tournament Team selection ... Averaged 24.7 points, 7.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals as a sophomore, leading Wyoming Park to a 20-3 record and an appearance in the district finals ... 2002 second-team all-state honoree by the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News ... Grand Rapids Press Dream Team selection ... Averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 assists and 2.0 steals as a freshman, earning all-state special mention ... Four-time all-conference selection ... National Honor Society member with a 3.95 grade point ... Played AAU basketball with the Michigan Mustangs.
Born May 7, 1985 ... Son of Craig and Linda Neitzel ... Won the two-ball national championship at age 12, competing in Detroit, Charlotte and Houston ... Interdisciplinary humanities major
Neitzel's Career Highs
Minutes: 47 - vs. Gonzaga (11/22/05)
Points: 32 - vs. Chicago State (12/16/06)
Rebounds: 8 - vs. Vermont (11/21/06)
Assists: 12 - two times, last vs. Loyola (MD) (12/30/06)
Field Goals: 11 - vs. Penn State (1/20/07)
Field Goal Attempts: 27 - vs. North Carolina (3/17/07)
3-Point Field Goals: 7 - vs. Vermont (11/21/06)
3-Point FG Attempts: 17 - vs. North Carolina (3/17/07)
Free Throws: 10 - two times, last vs. Illinois (1/14/07)
Free Throw Attempts: 10 - two times, last vs. Illinois (1/14/07)
Steals: 4 - two times, last vs. Iowa (1/12/08)
Blocks: 2 - two times, last vs. Iowa (2/17/07)