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Denzel Valentine
Denzel Valentine


Height / Weight:
6-5 / 225


Hometown/High School:
Lansing, Mich./Sexton


Tom Izzo Press Conference Coverage

MSU head coach Tom Izzo addresses the media following the Spartans NCAA Tournament run.


Spartans Feature Balanced Scoring Attack

Six different players have led Michigan State in scoring in its first 35 games.


Michigan State Upsets Wisconsin in Big Ten Tourney, 83-75

Spartans Will Face No. 8 Michigan in the Final on Sunday


Dawson, No. 22 Spartans Top Northwestern 67-51

Spartans advance to Big Ten Tournament semifinals


Four Spartans Receive All-Big Ten Honors

Gary Harris named to the All-Big Ten First Team.




Episode 14: Princess Lacey


Episode 15


Senior Farewell


Episode 16


Michigan State vs. Connecticut (USATSI)

Michigan State vs. Connecticut (USATSI)


Michigan State vs. Virginia

Michigan State vs. Virginia photos by USA TODAY Sports


No. 22 Michigan State at Ohio State

No. 22 Michigan State at Ohio State photos by USA TODAY Sports


No. 22 Michigan State at No. 24 Iowa

No. 22 Michigan State at No. 24 Iowa photos by USA TODAY Sports


Michigan State vs. Illinois (USATSI)

Michigan State vs. Illinois (USATSI)

Long, versatile guard • Stong leadership skills • Possesses a high basketball IQ and excellent passing skills that allow him to be a playmaker in the open court, as well as the half court • One of the better rebounding guards to ever play for Coach Izzo • Focused on limiting his turnovers this season • Second generation Spartan that embraces the Michigan State tradition.

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 (#81) and ESPNU100 (#98) • Rated among the top players at his position by (#15 shooting guard), ESPNU100 (#26 small forward), and (#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.

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.


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