Michigan State freshman Nick Ward would have bigger impact with more minutes

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.