I had a chance to attend to the basketball banquet tonight, and thought I'd share some of what happened. Spike and Caris spoke, and both did a nice job. Spike said about his parents that "without them I wouldn't be here, literally", and added that Beilein told him when offering a scholarship that "you'll either make me look like a genius or get me fired". Caris was more serious, talking about and thanking his mom who raised him and brother alone after his dad passed away 6 years ago.
The awards included the standard (MVP, most improved etc), and joke awards, the players vote on. In the latter category, Spike got best dressed, DJ was named most likely to get married first, and Kam was voted both the best dancer and the player who talks the most but knows the least.
Zak was named MVP (I thought maybe it would go to Walton) and team leader, MAAR got most improved and the hustle award, and Walton got the rebounding and assists award. Aubrey got best 6th man, which made me wonder how much we'll miss him next year.
The video at end was a good summary of the ups and downs, and included a number of baskets by Ricky and Aubrey which I thought was classy given they aren't staying. And just a general observation is that the players looked like they were having a good time. When Beilein talked about Spike Derrick pumped his fist in support, and overall they seemed to be a tightknit group.
It is a rare day when Tim Izzo loses a guy early to the draft, let alone after one year. Per Jeff Goodman:
Michigan State freshman Deyonta Davis will sign with an agent and leave college after one year, the school announces. Potential lottery pick— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 12, 2016
As expected, Josh Jackson was never going to stay in-state. MSU at top 3 was simply a window dressing because he's from Michigan. MSU and Michigan never had a chance at Josh Jackson.
This isn't breaking news, but Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford are teammates again, playing for the Canton Charge in the D-League. Their team is in the Eastern Conference finals. Looks like J-Mo just joined the team a week or so ago.
This is relevant because Thornton was down between Duke and Michigan. 5* prospect.