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Let’s see more Michigan State football, basketball alternate jerseys in 2023

We want them all.



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Gruff Sparty? Neon? Throwbacks? Give us Michigan State fans all of the uniform combos possible in 2023.

Remember the feeling of opening a brand new jersey on Christmas morning when you were a kid? Mine were my Javon Ringer and Shannon Brown jerseys. That same feeling applies today, but it happens when your favorite team drops a new uniform reveal on social media. Michigan State football and basketball social media has been a hub for uniform reveals and fans obsessing over every detail in a uniform reveal.

MSU athletics has a great partnership with Nike. One that has given us the Pro Combats, the 2000 throwbacks, the script State, stormtrooper, and the bronze uniforms in 2015. These are just a few from my memory, but shoutout to Reebok, for pumping out some classics in the 1990s and early 2000s.

This is also just football and basketball.

We could go on all day about the great (current) tennis jerseys and soccer jerseys, hockey sweaters, and baseball uniforms. Point is, I’ll rep the green and white forever, and I’m always on the lookout for new ways to rep it. 

Michigan State football through the years

In 2021 when Kenneth Walker III ran in five — yes you read that right, five — touchdowns against Michigan, we got a great look at a uniform combo that I predict will be talked about for many years to come. The green on green, with the, at the time, new helmets sporting a bigger Spartan head, and the white outline and a black facemask is an undeniably cool look.

They gave a shot at a neon combo that had, well, a very wide variety of opinions.

The stormtrooper uniform has gotten even more iconic through the years courtesy of new helmet designs. All white pops on the football field.

From 2010-15, it was the era of the bronze for our Spartan basketball and football teams, and boy we had some beautiful looks. The pro-combat uniforms made me feel a certain way, and they came out with an even better bronze helmet in 2015.

Gruff Sparty was finally featured again, as well as a block S, and different Spartan head logos on a great rotation of helmets in 2020-22.

Heck, give me an entire uniform inspired by Darius Snow’s artwork. The possibilities are endless, and I love nothing more than a new MSU football uniform, yes even the neon. 

Michigan State basketball through the years

The first MSU basketball uniform I remember is any version of Shannon Brown or Drew Neitzel’s State jersey. Simple, but cool way to write the name. Clean, especially for that time.

Rewind a bit and we have to pay tribute to 2000s Reeboks. Easily the coolest uniform saw two Final Fours with the Flintstones but nothing was cooler than seeing Cassius Winston sport Nike’s version of the Greek pattern and writing.

I also want to take a minute to honor one of my favorites. The one Magic Johnson wore against Larry Bird in 1979. Michigan ’33’ State. I have this jersey in my own collection because it is such a historic design.

Flashing forward to 2011 when Michigan State scrapped the simple ‘State’ across the chest for a simple ‘Spartans’ across the chest in the brand new font. The shorts went so hard in this era — I even had a few pairs.

MSU took after the football program to test out a couple of bronze uniforms as well. Hit or miss is up for debate, but I was a fan.

Neon was first featured in 2016 when we saw Matt Costello pick Tom Izzo up for a hug. Since then, there have been a few versions of black and neon mixed in but nothing to rave about. 

It’s time for something new, too

I’m reminiscing on all of this because I’m hungry for new. New helmets have been great for the Michigan State football program, and the basketball program has changed the uniform in the last few years, but the current ones aren’t doing it for me like years prior have.

I’ll start by saying what we’re all thinking: give us all-black football uniforms. Basketball did it, and they look awesome. I need to see Mel Tucker trot out of the tunnel on a Saturday night under the lights next season with a dark cloud emerging behind him through the tunnel smoke and lights. The all-black would play perfect devil’s advocate to the stormtroopers.

I would love to see bronze get worked back into a uniform over the next few years but this is harder.

Also, keep the helmets coming. Script State, gruff green and white, black, all white, I don’t care. A rotation is nice, and new helmets seem easy enough to work into the budget.

As for basketball, I would love to see something new. I love the logo from the mid-2000s and could see that coming back into play. While we are at it, I wouldn’t mind making the script State the everyday design. If it were up to me I would have Coen Carr flying through the air with Gruff Sparty somewhere on his uniform in the next few years and while you do that, you mine as well make a uniform with an homage to the home 1979 jerseys just like they have already done with the script State. I would even take a warmup with some of the new Sparty logos we’ve seen across different MSU sports.

I don’t need to see all of these come back on the current uniforms, and asking for brand new ones may be a bit greedy but an alternate always plays, regardless of sport. 

Also, shout out to all of these different sports across campus for embracing the logos and uniform possibilities that are Michigan State. Men’s and women’s soccer had an array of uniforms last season, MSU golf and tennis unveiled one of the coolest logos specific to their sport, and what can you say about the iconic hockey sweater combined with a Guff Sparty goalie helmet. By the way, give me the hockey logo on anything and everything.

At Michigan State, the uniform possibilities are endless. The green and white makes anything look good, and with such a rich history, it’s no wonder shirt companies have chosen MSU as a school to showcase all of the old athletics logos.

I want 2023 to feel like 2009 Christmas morning again. Give us all of the new uniforms, old uniforms, new designs, and vintage designs. Give us all of the helmets, gloves, shoes, and colorways. But most importantly, Alan Haller and Mel Tucker if you’re reading this, please give us the all-black football uniforms.


Writer says there’s a huge gap between Purdue and Michigan State basketball

This seems like a wild claim.



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Gregg Doyel of the Indy Star claims that Purdue is “historically loaded” and there’s a huge gap between them and Michigan State basketball.

With the news of Jaden Akins and AJ Hoggard returning along with Tyson Walker and Malik Hall to go along with the No. 4 recruiting class in the country, Michigan State basketball went from a conference title contender to a national title contender.

Essentially everyone who follows college basketball has Michigan State as a top-five team and right there in the Big Ten as 1B to Purdue’s 1A — some even have it the other way around.

The Spartans bring back everyone but Joey Hauser to a team that went to the Sweet 16 and Purdue returns national player of the year Zach Edey to a Big Ten title team. Both teams are loaded and should be at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to national title contention.

But one Indy Star writer believes that Purdue is “historically loaded” and the talent-and-depth gap between the Boilermakers and “everyone else” is as large as he’s seen in years. Just a wild claim.

Gregg Doyel cites a solid incoming class to go along with Edey returning and the two freshmen guards with another year in the system. But he fails to recognize that Michigan State got even better. The Spartans are bringing in an even better recruiting class and they return their 2-3 most talented players from a year ago. The only loss is Hauser.

Saying that this year’s Purdue team is far-and-away the most talented and deepest team in the Big Ten and the gap is the biggest it’s been in years is asinine. There was a much larger gap last year.

Michigan State will go toe-to-toe with the Boilermakers and as long as Edey can be neutralized, the Spartans will have a chance to take them down for the Big Ten crown.

It’s tough to say a team like Michigan State basketball that’s 11-12 guys deep is not nearly as talented or deep as Purdue, but hey, let’s put that early chip on the shoulder.

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Michigan State Basketball: Allocating guard minutes for 2023-24

A lot of guards, not a lot of minutes to be had.



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Michigan State basketball has an absolutely loaded backcourt heading into 2023-24. Let’s allocate the guard minutes.

Michigan State basketball has a loaded backcourt with the news of AJ Hoggard and Jaden Akins returning next season. Add this on top of Tyson Walker coming back and Michigan State adding a four-star point guard in Jeremy Fears just loads up this back court even more.

Let’s take a look at what the minute allocation could look like between the five guards on the roster.


The starting point guard is clearly set into place with AJ Hoggard starting 33 of 34 games last year. Next year’s team still goes as Hoggard goes and he will most likely average 28-30 minutes per game. AJ being able to defend multiple positions allows him to play alongside any of the other three guards on the roster next year. He should average around 15 points per game and six-plus assists. Him being able to increase his 3-point percentage up to 35 percent next year should help his scoring dramatically.

The starting shooting guard is Walker who started in all 34 games last season and nothing will change this season. This team is going to rely plenty on Tyson to begin the season as this team continues to mesh with all of the different lineups. He played almost 34 minutes per game this season due to injuries and necessity. Tyson will take a step back and only play 30-32 minutes this upcoming season. He will look to average 16-plus points per game and 2.5-plus assists.


This may come as a surprise, but I believe the backup point guard role will fall to Tre Holloman. He has a year under the belt with the system and should take a step forward in his role. He is able to defend either guard position allowing him to play with any of the other four guards on the team. Holloman will play anywhere between 8-12 minutes per game and will look to be in a more featured role running the backup offense. Tre should average 3-5 points per game and 1.5 assists.

Jeremy Fears will fill in and be able to learn from a loaded backcourt while playing 6-8 minutes per game which could be pushed to 8-10 by the end of the season. Fears defense should rival what Walker brings to this team with this second group. Fears offensive role will look like Tre’s freshman year and not looked upon much offensively. He should look to average 1.5-plus points and one assist per game.

Finally, Jaden Akins will fill in anywhere from 2-5 minutes at the two-guard spot. He can help fill an offensive role when Tyson is out of the game and can handle some of the pick and roll duties in this spot. Akins will mostly play on the wing as he started 25 games there last season. He is a guard, but he’ll be forced into playing on the wing.

Minutes Summary

  • AJ Hoggard: 28-30 per game
  • Tyson Walker: 30-32 per game
  • Tre Holloman: 8-12 per game
  • Jeremy Fears: 6-8 per game
  • Jaden Akins: 2-5 per game

Akins did tweet this out the other day:

So he could see more ball-handling duties.

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Jeremy Fears makes final cut for U19 USA Basketball team

Jeremy Fears could represent USA Basketball again.



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Incoming Michigan State freshman Jeremy Fears has made the final cut for the U19 USA Basketball team.

Incoming Michigan State basketball freshman Jeremy Fears is hard at work this summer. He is currently in the process of trying to make the final roster for the U19 USA Basketball team. Thirty-five athletes have been selected to participate in their upcoming training camp, and Fears is included on that list.

Training camp for these 35 athletes with take place June 11-18. Twelve players will then be selected to participate in the FIBA U19 Wold Cup at the conclusion of this training camp. The World Cup takes place from June 24 through July 2.

The 35 players consist of some athletes in the 2022 class that have one year of college ball under their belts. The pool of players also consists of athletes from the 2023 incoming freshmen class and the 2024 class who will be high school seniors. More than half of these participants have USA Basketball experience and ten of them have won gold for the USA already.

Jeremy Fears’ USA Basketball history

Jeremy Fears is one of the 10 players mentioned to have already won gold for the USA. In fact, Fears has won a gold medal twice. He won the 2021 U16 FIBA Championships and in 2022 won gold in the U17 FIBA World Cup.

Based on this history alone, I love his chances to make the team again. The USA Basketball program is obviously very familiar with him already which gives him an advantage. Also, why wouldn’t they want someone who has won two gold medals to play for them again?

Fears has yet to move in to East Lansing like some of his fellow members of his freshman class have. He likely will see this event out before moving to campus to start gearing up for the regular season. Michigan State has had many athletes compete with team USA in the past, so Tom Izzo is more than happy to let his players participate.

For the full USA Basketball press release, click here.

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