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