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mich-state-champions1It’s safe to say they’ve had the toughest road to a national championship of any year.

First, they had to take on the defending champs. And they won.

Then they had to take on the No. 1 seed of the whole tournament, Louisville. And  they won.

They went up against No. 1 seed UConn. And won.

And then, they had to go up against the third No. 1 seed of the tournament, the powerhouse of UNC.

The only team to ever go up against all three No. 1 teams and win was Arizona in 1997.

Kermit the Frog said it:  “It ain’t easy being Green.”

But ya know what, Michigan State makes Green look Real Good!

Michigan St Media Day Basketball


Tom Izzo, head coach


Kalin Lucas, guard

NCAA Michigan St Memphis Basketball

  • 6’0, 180 pounds
  • DOB: May 24, 1989; Sterling Heights, MI
  • Family: parents Kenneth and Tina
  • Major: Business management

Game Day Stats:

  • Averages 14.8 points, 2.3 rebounds,  4.4 assists per game

Durrell Summers, guard


  • 6’4, 195 pounds
  • DOB: April 2, 1989 Detroit, MI. What a sweet birthday present he got this year! A Final Four appearance in his hometown two days after he turned 20.
  • Family: Parents–Duryea and La’Andrea Summers
  • Major: Computer Science.

Game Day Stats

  • Averages: 8.4 points,  3.1 rebounds,  0.7 assists

Goran Suton, center


  • 6’10, 245 pounds
  • DOB: August 11, 1985. Originally born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and then moved to Lansing, MI
  • Family: Miroslav and Zivana Suton
  • Major: Retailing,
  • Member of Bosnia’s national team by the age of 14.

Game Day Stats

  • Averages: 9.8 points,  7.9 rebounds,  1.5 assists

Raymar Morgan, forward

NCAA Temple Michigan St Basketball

  • 6’8, 225 pounds
  • DOB: August 8, 1988; Canton, Ohio
  • Family: parents Jeffrey and Carole
  • Major: advertising

Game Day Stats

  • Averages: 10.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists

Delvon Roe, forward


This freshman has a whole lot of potential and I can’t wait to watch him grow into it! He has been a solid force for the Spartans and in February, Delvon was even named Big 10 Player of the Week. He pulled down 14 points and 10 rebounds, in the game against rivals Michigan with 11 of the points coming in his explosive first half performance.

Game day stats: averages 6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game

Personal Stats:

  • 6’7, 215 pounds
  • Birthdate: 10/3/1989, Ohio
  • Parents: Delvon and Tracey
  • Major: Criminal justice, currently a freshman

Travis Walton, guard

Purdue Michigan St Basketball

  • 6’2, 190 pounds
  • DOB: August 24, 1987; Lima, Ohio
  • Family: parents Nate and Likita
  • Major: Family Community Services

Game Day Stats

  • Averages: 5.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists

Draymond Green, forward


  • 6’6, 235 pounds
  • DOB: March 4, 1990; Saginaw, Ohio (1990?!!? I feel so old!)
  • Family: Mom Mary Barbers
  • Major: Business Management

Game Day Stats

  • Averages: 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists

Chris Allen, guard

B10 Ohio St Michigan St Basketball

  • 6’3, 205 pounds
  • DOB: November 13, 1988; Lawrenceville, GA
  • Family: parents Janice and Stacy.
  • Major: Computer Engineering
  • Apparently his aunt and uncle live on same street in Lansing, MI as Magic Johnson’s parents. Fascinating….

Game Day Stats

  • Averages 2.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists
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