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Ranking the top 5 Michigan State basketball jerseys

Which MSU hoops jerseys are your favorite?



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Michigan State basketball has a plethora of alternate jerseys to go along with the regulars. What are the top five looks?

It’s been a long week for Michigan State basketball fans. We had to suffer the tough loss to Purdue on Sunday, and now have to wait until Saturday for our next game.

While it’s nice to have the distraction of National Signing Day for football, I’m itching to see our Spartans back on the hardwood.

These day dreams got me thinking about all the uniforms that we’ve had in the last 25 years, and we should consider ourselves lucky that we’ve had some pretty awesome jerseys. Nike has done an awesome job (for the most part) of providing top tier threads and that is a big recruiting pitch for high school talent.

And here are my top five jerseys for MSU hoops.

Honorable mentions

MAC jerseys: I love a good throwback, but not many Spartan alum want to claim Michigan Agriculture College. I’m fine with it as a one-off, but let’s leave it in the past.

Camo: I love that Izzo and the university are arranging games like the Carrier Classic. It gives us a national spotlight and it’s an experience that people will remember for years to come. Not to mention, we get a cool, military themed jersey with it.

PK80: Nike made us an alternate football jersey during the Kirk Cousins era that incorporated bronze into our uni. I actually loved it even though it was very different. For the PK80 tournament, Nike used that as inspiration and I thought did a very good job with it.

Black/Neon: I’m all about following the trends, and Nike has tried to incorporate neon into many teams over the last handful of years. I’m young enough to appreciate the neon lettering, but old enough to say that we should stick to the “only colors”

Dishonorable mentions

Highlighter neon: Sometimes Nike goes too far with their neon (insert neon football jersey joke here), and they did it again with these neon green greens with a slight dark green ombre on the shorts. The players actually seemed to like them at the time, but I hope we keep those in the uniform closet.

STATE/Gruff Sparty: I want to preface this by saying I love Gruff Sparty. I think he’s a top five logo in college sports, and I love when MSU uses him. I also love when we use the Greek key on the side. My issue is with the “STATE” across the front. It’s kind of our font, but kind of not. I also don’t like the attempt of making the letters connect. The other issue I have is the lack of symmetry. I think if you’re using the Gruff Sparty, forget the Greek key or vice versa.

5. 2005 Final Four Team

I may be biased because this Final Four team was the team that fueled my passion for Michigan State basketball. There are so many good memories watching this team, and I still have this jersey in my closet. I liked the unique “State” across the front, and it just had a swagger to it (probably because of Shannon Brown and Mo Ager). I did not like when they extended the shoulders during the Drew Neitzel era. I hope these make a comeback like some other retro jerseys from our past.

4. Magic era script

I can be a sucker for a classic uniform, and this is the definition of a classic. One of the treasured seasons of MSU’s history just happened to have one of the cleanest uniforms. My only gripe, and the reason it’s at #4 is the oversized yellow basketball on one side of the shorts.  I know it’s the same as they used during the 79 season, but we’ve modified classic jerseys before.  No one needs to see a tennis ball on the basketball court.

3. Black on black

Debuting last year, I was/am a huge fan of these. I love the simplicity of having the Spartan head on the front, along with the clean Greek key along the sides. You start to see more teams doing the black on black or white on white, and I love that we jumped on the trend.

2. Modern ‘Spartans’

One underrated aspect to our Spartan brand is the font that we use. Not many schools could you pick out the lettering and claim it as their own. I love the clean “SPARTANS” across the front with the simple design. It is our most used jersey since 2016, and it should be.

1. Flintstones

Maybe it’s the nostalgia of Izzo’s first championship, but I absolutely love these jerseys. It’s unique with the logo on the front, as well as the debut of using the Greek key border design. We finally brought them back a few years ago, but I would love to see us try a green away version. Pair these with the Iverson “Question” shoes, and you got yourself a championship look.

Feel free to sound off in the comments or on social media your thoughts.


Michigan State basketball: Way-too-early projected starting 5 for 2023-24

Next year’s team could be special.



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Michigan State basketball has officially entered the offseason and now it’s time to predict what next year looks like.

Markquis Nowell will go down in Michigan State basketball history as one of those forbidden names. We will no longer be mentioning the Kansas State guard as he’s now in the same group as Giddy Potts, Boo Buie, Jabari Parker, and Shabazz Napier. We’re just throwing those names out for good.

Now that we got that out of the way, we can move forward and look ahead to next season.

And next season could be special. Michigan State brings back some key players such as Jaden Akins, AJ Hoggard, Mady Sissoko, Jaxon Kohler, Carson Cooper, Tre Holloman, and potentially Pierre Brooks. However, decisions have yet to be officially made for Tyson Walker, Malik Hall, and Joey Hauser, but an elite recruiting class is coming in.

In fact, the Spartans are bringing in one of the best recruiting classes in program history, led by five-star big man Xavier Booker, five-star point guard Jeremy Fears, four-star super-athlete Coen Carr, and four-star athletic sharpshooting wing Gehrig Normand.

The lineup next year should be athletic and the bench will be deep.

But what will the starting five look like, assuming that Hauser is gone? Here’s my best guess:

PG: AJ Hoggard, SR
G: Tyson Walker, SR
G: Jaden Akins, JR
F: Xavier Booker, FR
C: Mady Sissoko, SR

AJ Hoggard will be back for his senior year to lead the team at the point and he might just be the Big Ten’s best at the position. He showed against Kansas State that he can take over a game offensively and I’m looking forward to seeing him take another step in 2023-24.

For my bold prediction: I think we see Walker return. The way the season ended left a sour taste in his mouth and he became one of the best players in the Big Ten. If he gets the green light next year, he could be the Spartans’ go-to- scorer and potentially a Big Ten Player of the Year frontrunner.

Akins’ return is going to be huge for this team as well. If Walker were to leave, he’d assume the role of go-to scorer and I know he’d flourish. But he did play well in a No. 3 option role this season and he’s going to excel as the second option next season. He is the starting five’s top NBA prospect outside of Xavier Booker at the four.

Speaking of Booker, I see him sliding in as the starting power forward much like Jaren Jackson Jr. did as a true freshman. He’s a long, athletic big who can rebound and score in the post and that’s just what was missing this year. While I do think Hall returns and could play the four in a small-ball lineup, I think Tom Izzo brings him off the bench and Booker starts.

Lastly, Mady Sissoko grew a ton this season and I don’t think he’s done getting better. He had his ups and downs and showed how raw he truly was this year, but I think Izzo can mold him into a dominant defensive center. Will he be Oscar Tshiebwe down there? No, but I could see him averaging 2.0 blocks and 7.0-plus rebounds per game next season while continuing his lob-threat ability. Maybe he’ll even develop a post game on offense.

Coming off the bench would be Fears, Hall, Carr, Normand, Holloman, Cooper, and Brooks (assuming he doesn’t hit the portal).

This will be one of the deeper teams that Izzo has ever had and full lineup changes won’t completely crush momentum.

Raise your hand if you’re looking forward to next season.

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Michigan State basketball: Did Tyson Walker hint at return?

Something to monitor.



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Tyson Walker might just be teasing us, but he hinted at a return to Michigan State basketball on Instagram.

Now that Michigan State basketball is headed back home after a crushing loss to Kansas State in the Sweet 16, a couple of storylines are going to dominate the offseason.

One, is Tom Izzo going to reach into the transfer portal for some help?

And two, will Tyson Walker, Joey Hauser, or Malik Hall decide to return?

The first question won’t be answered until the second one is and it feels like it’s been one-third answered. Hauser posted somewhat of a farewell on Instagram on Friday with the caption “that’s a wrap” and a green heart emoji. No one was shocked as he was the least likely to return, but it was Walker’s comment on the post that has people raising an eyebrow.

The “idk who I’m going to sit next to on the planes now” comment followed by Houser offering up Jaxon Kohler seems promising. Maybe it’s just two guys having fun with the fans, knowing that emotions are at an all-time high and we will find a way to make every word seem important.

But I’m putting stock in this. It just feels like Walker is leaning more toward coming back because he didn’t even think twice about writing that knowing that people would overreact (like myself).

And Hauser’s response makes it seem even more likely. Like he knows Walker wants to return.

Of course Walker had to post this to calm the rumor mill, but maybe he just let his intentions slip in the original post on Hauser’s Instagram post?

Maybe both guys are just messing around and both Hauser and Walker want to return along with Hall? OK, now I’m going way too far down the “what does this comment mean?” rabbit hole.

Either way, I would venture a guess of Walker returning with Hall while Hauser hangs up the green and white jersey for good.

If that’s the case, it was one heck of a career for Joey and Walker has big things ahead of him in East Lansing.

We can hope.

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Michigan State Basketball: 3 potential 2023-24 lineup options

There will be plenty of options.



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The Michigan State basketball season came to an unfortunate end yesterday after the devastating overtime loss in the Sweet 16. But what about 2023-24?

That loss is going to sting for at least the next few months. With Tennessee losing as well, the path to the Final Four was Michigan State’s for the taking. Unfortunately, the better team won Thursday night, and it wasn’t Michigan State basketball.

With that being said, there’s a lot of hope and optimism looking forward. Along with the hope, however, comes numerous variables regarding the Spartans’ roster.

Let’s go through a few options Tom Izzo and staff can roll with, roster-wise, in 2023-24.

Option 1: Roll with the roster we have (with a returning member)

  1. A.J. Hoggard/Jeremy Fears
  2. Tyson Walker
  3. Jaden Akins/Coen Carr/Gehrig Normand
  4. Xavier Booker/Jaxon Kohler
  5. Mady Sissoko/Carson Cooper

In option one, Tyson Walker doesn’t want to leave Michigan State with the Kansas State loss looming over him and so he decides to return for one final year. One of the nation’s best guard combinations of AJ Hoggard, Tyson, and Jaden Akins run it back with more experience and more expectations.

Being that Walker returning is the main variable in this scenario rather than a transfer acquisition, Michigan State moves forward with the players and recruits already bought in.

With that being said, Michigan State basketball would be left extremely thin at the four in this scenario. This would force Xavier Booker to step up (a common theme in these scenarios), along with a possible big ball lineup, shifting Jaxon Kohler to the four. With his offensive upside shown this season, but defensive downfalls, this could actually act as a plus.

Option 2: Attack the transfer portal

  1. A.J. Hoggard/Jeremy Fears
  2. Jaden Akins
  3. Transfer Player/Pierre Brooks/Gehrig Normand
  4. Xavier Booker/Coen Carr
  5. Mady Sissoko/Jaxon Kohler

Most fans will be shouting for option two to become reality but, with Tom Izzo’s track record, it’s not as likely.

The variable for option two is Walker, Joey Hauser, and Malik Hall all electing to move on, so Izzo and Co. turn to the well that is the transfer portal. Doing so in the past has seemed to work out with Tyson, so Izzo will be looking to strike gold once again to fill the open wing position.

While there are plenty of names within the portal, the Spartans have been linked to just a few. Six-foot-6 small forward Zack Austin from High Point, 6-foot-5 shooting guard Jace Carter from UIC, and 6-foot-3 combo guard Jayden Taylor from Butler have all been contacted by MSU and would fill the three-guard/small four role well.

Still, MSU would be somewhat light at the four, so the coveted 6-foot-10 freshman Booker would find himself in the starting lineup once again.

The offense would be led by Hoggard, but run through Akins, as he’s proven to be up to the challenge

Option 3: Feed the young bucks

  1. A.J. Hoggard/Jeremy Fears
  2. Jaden Akins/Pierre Brooks
  3. Coen Carr/Gehrig Normand
  4. Xavier Booker/Jaxon Kohler
  5. Mady Sissoko/Carson Cooper

Even less likely than turning to the transfer portal, is option three.

A staple for Tom Izzo-led teams is veteran leadership. It isn’t often a freshman steps in and is given a starting role right away. Think Kalin Lucas, Miles Bridges, or Jaren Jackson Jr. to name a few who were.

In this scenario, not only do Tyson, Hauser, and Hall all move on, but the Spartans also decline to bring in any transfer players. A young starting core would pose a difficult task for Izzo, leading this to being the least likely scenario. I can see plenty of frustration from Hoggard and Akins resulting from the inexperience around them, not to mention a possible second line of Tre Holloman, Pierre Brooks, Jeremy Fears, Gehrig Normand, and Carson Cooper. While it isn’t likely this lineup would see the floor all at the same time, it’s hard to find the trusted go-to guy in that group. MSU is better off avoiding this scenario.

In all reality, Michigan State’s 2024 lineup will likely combine all three of these options. Why choose just one when the most realistic path back to the Final Four is a combination of the three? We will see.

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