Standing at 6-foot-8 and weighing a bulky 250 pounds, Michigan State basketball’s freshman forward Nick Ward has never been in the shadows. He was a star averaging 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds as a senior at Gahanna Lincoln High School and was a top 50 recruit nationally heading into this year by both ESPN and 247sports. Ward was planning on adjusting to the shadows, destined for a minimal role, if any, in 2016-2017 as additions like prized top-10 recruit Miles Bridges and UNLV transfer forward Ben Carter gave commitments to Michigan State,. The Spartans also had senior center Gavin Schilling returning to the team and the emergence last season from former walk-on Kenny Goins slotted him in the Spartans rotation down low. That’s when the injury bug hit MSU shortly before the season.
October 18, 2011 was the first day the public really got an insider look at the upcoming Spartan men’s basketball team. It was media day for the Spartans and head coach Tom Izzo, entering his 17th season, said he’s as excited as he’s been in a few years about this current team. Izzo is confident even though hype coming into the season is far less than previous years. The Spartans are not even ranked in the Top-25 after earning a No. 2 ranking before last season.
This year’s MSU basketball teams took the court for the first time. The annual midnight madness marked the official beginning of the basketball season. Even if you try, you would not be able to avoid getting excited. Thousands of fans and students came to the Breslin center for Midnight Madness. “I have been here a few times.
MSU fans of all ages gathered at the Breslin Center Wednesday afternoon to send off the Men’s Basketball team. The team traveled by bus to Indy Wednesday to prep for the big Final Four game Saturday night against Butler. This video highlights some of the excitement at the send-off.