The MSU beat guys all participated in Tom Izzo’s second annual practice day for media types yesterday:
Steve Grinzcel wants to know why anyone would need to learn how to dribble two basketballs at once.
Eric Lacy reports that Delvon Roe is “ahead of schedule” in recovering from his two knee surgeries. Also, he’s definitely a true Spartan:
Roe in a green practice jersey, showed off a tattoo on his left shoulder resembling the old “gruff Sparty” Michigan State logo with the words “Remember the name” above it and “Delvon” below it. It’s a symbol of Roe’s love for the school that he received last year in high school.
Joe Rexrode says Tom Herzog sprained his ankle a couple weeks ago but hopes to be ready to participate in Midnight Madness next week.
Shannon Shelton tells us that Raymar Morgan, Marquise Gray, and Chris Allen have all cut their hair in a show of team unity.
Russell Byrd has now taken trips to both MSU and Michigan; Kentucky is up next. At 6’7″, the long-range shooting specialist is a hot commodity. Home-state IU and Ohio State are also on his short list, and Memphis came calling recently, too. He seems to like what he’s seen and heard at MSU, though:
“I have gotten to hang out a couple of times with the Michigan State players,” Byrd said. “I went up there and played in an open gym with them, hung out with them, watched the (NBA) draft with them, ate dinner, and stuff like that. I just got to chill for a little bit. I talked to Goran Suton a lot, but I talked mainly to some of the freshmen that are there right now like Delvon (Roe) and Korie (Lucious). All the guys up there were just so receptive. I felt like part of the team already, which was neat. Just being up there is neat. Plus the system that they have up there is very good for my style of play, coming off screens.”
Jamil Wilson has cut his list to four and will sign early, rather than waiting until next March as he originally planned. (Premimum content: that’s all I’ve got.)
Storming the Floor says MSU is “bland.” I’m outraged!
North Carolina will be without defensive specialist Marcus Ginyard for the Ford Field game.