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Michigan State Class of 2012 Team Profile

Overview

Michigan State has four guys who should be starters at one time or another at Michigan State. Shooting guard Gary Harris (#13) is obviously the gem in the class and is an impressive prospect who I enjoy watching every time I see him play. He does a good job using his length and athleticism on the defensive end to keep his opponent out of the lane in addition to blocking and altering shots. Head coach Tom Izzo also reeled in a pair of power forwards in Matt Costello and Kenny Kaminski who can score on the offensive end. Add in small forward Denzel Valentine’s versatility and you have a class that Spartan fans should be happy with.

Get to know the recruits

Gary Harris | Overall: #13 | Position: Shooting Guard (#3) | 6’4 | 210

Harris is an impressive prospect who I enjoy watching every time I see him play. He does a good job using his length and athleticism on the defensive end to keep his opponent out of the lane in addition to blocking and altering shots. He also has good explosiveness and is terrific in transition where he’s a force to be reckoned with. On the offensive end, he’s great in attacking the basket and gets into the lane seemingly at will. Harris is a very good finisher around the bucket too but one thing he can improve is his perimeter shooting, although he has showed the ability to knock them down at times.

Kenny Kaminski | Overall: NR | Position: Power Forward (NR) | 6’7 | 230

Kaminski is an outstanding shooter from all around the floor — including a few feet beyond the three-point line. He’s terrific in pick-and-pop situations and a dangerous threat when working the two-man game. He’s tough too and is a good rebounder. However, he can improve his size and develop better interior scoring moves to add to his scoring arsenal.

Matt Costello | Overall: NR | Position: Power Forward (NR) | 6’9 | 225

Costello has good size and can score both facing his basket and with his back to the basket. He’s very good on the high post and has some versatility down low. He’s a guy who has a knack for scoring around the basket regardless of which hands he uses or which size he’s on. Costello displays nice touch too but can get stronger and finisher through contact better.

Denzel Valentine | Overall: NR | Position: Small Forward (NR) | 6’5 | 205

Valentine is very versatile out on the perimeter. He has good ball-handling skills and is an impressive passer on the wing. He’s active in the mid-range game where he’s consistent from 15 feet and has terrific length. Valentine rebounds well too and can affect the game in a plethora of ways. However, he needs to improve his perimeter shooting.

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One comment on “Michigan State Class of 2012 Team Profile

  1. [...] but we ended up losing to the seniors by 25 — they had [shooting guard] Gary Harris (#13 — Michigan State), [small forward] Glenn Robinson III (#38 — Michigan), [small forward] Jeremy Hollowell (#50 — [...]

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