Quotes and photos from the 2017 Men's Basketball Media Day.
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.
Michigan State vs. IPFW (12-2-06)
Walton Career Game-By-Game Stats
Michigan State's career leader with 143 games played ... Ranks sixth in career assists at Michigan State (555) ... One of three three-year captains in Michigan State history ... Ranks fourth in MSU history with 167 career steals.
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, becoming just the third Spartan to win the award ... 2009 NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team performer ... Recipient of MSU's Best Defensive Player, Inspirational Player and Antonio Smith Glue and Guts Awards ... Became just the third player in Michigan State history to be named captain three straight seasons ... Named to Big Ten All-Defensive Team for the third straight season ... Honorable Mention All-Big Ten ... Named to Jeff Goodman's (FoxSports.com) National All-Defensive Team ... Member of Seth Davis' (SI.com) All-Glue Team ... Started 37 of 38 games ... Averaged 5.1 points, 3.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds ... Five double-figure scoring games ... Led team in assists in 14 games and in scoring in two games ... Led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio in league games (3.53) and ranked second overall (2.44) ... Ranked third in the Big Ten in steals in league games (1.83 spg) ... Led the team in steals (56), while ranking second in assists (3.3 apg) and minutes (27.8 mpg) ... Scored a season-high 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting against USC (3/22) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... Dished out eight assists against no turnovers against Connecticut (4/4) in the Final Four ... Scored 16 points in back-to-back contests against Maryland (11/27) and Oklahoma State (11/28) in the Old Spice Classic ... Scored 14 points versus Oakland (12/27) ... Dished out five or more assists in 11 games ... Recorded three or more steals in six games, including four each against Minnesota (2/4) and Wisconsin (2/22) ... Turned in some great defensive performances, locking down great perimeter talent including UConn's A.J. Price (5-20 FG; 4/4), Louisville's Terrence Williams (5 pts., 1-7 FG; 3/29), Michigan's Manny Harris (7 pts., 2-10 FG; 2/10), Iowa's Jake Kelly (6 pts., 5 TO; 1/29), Illinois' Trent Meacham, Chester Frazier and Demetri McCamey (combined 7 pts., 1-17 FG) and Texas' A.J. Abrams (8 pts., 3-10 FG).
Co-captain ... Appeared in 36 games, starting 20 ... All-Big Ten Defensive Team honoree ... Ranked second in the Big Ten in assists (4.33 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.40) ... Ranked 24th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio ... In conference games, ranked second in the league in assists (4.17 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.21) ... Recipient of MSU's John E. Benington Best Defensive Player Award, the Antonio Smith Glue and Guts Award, and the Stephen G. Scofes Inspirational Player Award ... Averaged 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game ... Led MSU in assists in 16 games, including three contests with double-figure assists ... Dished out 11 assists against Indiana (3/2), adding six points on 3-of-3 shooting, while not committing a turnover ... Recorded 11 assists and no turnovers against Green Bay (12/29) ... Tallied 10 assists and just one turnover against San Jose State (12/19) ... Scored a season-high 12 points against BYU (12/8), scoring eight of MSU's final 13 points in the last 3:47 of the game, hitting a jumper and knocking down six free throws ... Scored nine points against Northwestern (2/9) ... Tied for third on the team with 33 steals, including four each in back-to-back games vs. IPFW (12/15) and San Jose State (12/19) ... Grabbed a season-high five rebounds vs. Michigan (1/27) and recorded four boards in seven other contests.
Spartan co-captain ... Only Spartan to start all 35 games ... Averaged 32.7 minutes, second most on the team, playing 30 or more minutes in 28 games ... Named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team by the league's coaches ... Named to the collegeinsider.com Defensive All-America Team ... Recipient of MSU's John E. Benington Best Defensive Player Award, Stephen G. Scofes Inspirational Player Award and Antonio Smith Glue and Guts Award as voted on by his teammates ... Led MSU with 191 assists (5.5 apg) ... Ranked second in the Big Ten in assists per game ... Finished third in the conference with a 2.22 assist-to-turnover ratio ... Led MSU in assists in 24 games ... Dished out a career-best 11 assists vs. Minnesota (1/24) ... Turned in back-to-back 10-assist efforts against Iowa (2/17) and Wisconsin (2/20), adding 13 points against the Badgers to record his first-career double-double as the Spartans defeated a No. 1-ranked team at home for the first time in school history ... Other top efforts include nine against Bradley (12/3), and eight against Maryland (11/17) and UW-Green Bay (12/23) ... Posted seven or more assists in 12 contests ... Scored in double figures in eight games, including a season-high 15 against Bradley ... Scored 13 each against Illinois (1/30), Wisconsin (2/20) and Indiana (2/24) ... Also hit double figures against Youngstown State (11/9), Oakland (11/25), UW-Green Bay (12/23) and Indiana (1/7) ... Shot .778 from the free-throw line, including .822 in Big Ten games, ranking sixth in the conference ... Led Michigan State with 42 steals, ranking ninth in the Big Ten (1.20 spg) ... Tallied two or more steals in 13 games, including a career-best four thefts against Marquette (3/15) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Recorded more than three turnovers in just five contests ... Averaged 2.6 rebounds per game ... Grabbed four or more rebounds in 13 games, including four with five or more ... Tallied a career-best seven rebounds against Wisconsin (2/20), just narrowly missing a triple-double as he also recorded 13 points and 10 assists ... Averaged 6.3 points and 3.0 assists with the 2006 Big Ten Foreign Tour Team.
Appeared in all 34 games off the bench ... Averaged 18.7 minutes per game, the most for any reserve ... Ranked fourth on the team with 81 assists, leading the squad in five contests ... Led MSU with five assists vs. Arizona (11/23), Wichita State (12/10) and Ohio State (2/22), while recording a team-best three assists vs. Hawaii (11/19) and Indiana (2/26) ... Also tallied five assists vs. Chaminade (11/21) and Wisconsin (3/2) and four assists vs. Florida International (12/18) and Northwestern (2/4) ... Ranked second on the team with 36 steals, including three vs. Iowa (2/14), Ohio State (2/22) and Iowa (3/11) ... Scored a season-high seven points vs. Iowa (1/21) ... Tallied five points at Northwestern (2/4) ... Grabbed six rebounds against Purdue (2/8) and Ohio State (2/22), while recording five boards vs. Arizona (11/23), Northwestern (2/4) and Indiana (2/26).
Averaged 20 points, six rebounds and five assists as a senior for Coach Mark Gaffney, leading the team to a 19-4 record ... 2005 Northwest Ohio Player of the Year, first-team All-State honoree, Greater Buckeye League Player of the Year and Lima Player of the Year ... Averaged 20.8 points, a team-best 2.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds as a junior, leading Lima Senior to an 18-5 record and a Greater Buckeye League championship ... Named the 2004 Greater Buckeye League Player of the Year, while also earning third-team all-state honors ... Led the league in steals with 3.5 per game ... Shot 45 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free-throw line ... Averaged 16.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a sophomore ... Shot 76 percent from the foul line and 44 percent from the field as a sophomore. Played AAU basketball for All Ohio Red.
Born Aug. 24, 1987 ... Son of Nate and Likita Walton ... Family Community Services major.
Walton's Career Highs
Minutes: 39 - vs. Green Bay (12/23/06)
Points: 18 - vs. USC (3/22/09)
Rebounds: 7 - vs. Wisconsin (2/20/07)
Assists: 11 - three times, last vs. Indiana (3/2/08)
Field Goals: 8 - two times, last vs. USC (3/22/09)
Field Goal Attempts: 13 - vs. USC (3/22/09)
3-Point Field Goals: 3 - vs. Bradley (12/3/06)
3-Point FG Attempts: 3 - three times, last vs. Iowa (1/4/07)
Free Throws: 8 - two times, last vs. Indiana (2/24/07)
Free Throw Attempts: 11 - two times, last vs. Indiana (2/24/07)
Steals: 4 - five times, last vs. Wisconsin (2/22/09)
Blocks: 1 - six times, last vs. Ohio State (3/14/09)