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Denzel Valentine
Denzel Valentine

Class:
Sophomore

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 225

Position:
G

Hometown/High School:
Lansing, Mich./Sexton


04/01/2014

Tom Izzo Press Conference Coverage

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

03/22/2014

Spartans Feature Balanced Scoring Attack

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

03/15/2014

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

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

03/14/2014

Dawson, No. 22 Spartans Top Northwestern 67-51

Spartans advance to Big Ten Tournament semifinals

03/10/2014

Four Spartans Receive All-Big Ten Honors

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

04/22/2014

2013-14

04/15/2014

Episode 14: Princess Lacey

04/15/2014

Episode 15

04/15/2014

Senior Farewell

04/02/2014

Episode 16

03/30/2014

Michigan State vs. Connecticut (USATSI)

Michigan State vs. Connecticut (USATSI)

03/28/2014

Michigan State vs. Virginia

Michigan State vs. Virginia photos by USA TODAY Sports

03/09/2014

No. 22 Michigan State at Ohio State

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

03/06/2014

No. 22 Michigan State at No. 24 Iowa

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

03/01/2014

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.

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.

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