Simply put, grading the Michigan State Spartans basketball team via the stock-up/stock-down method is...well, simple.
Players have roles to fill and expectations to meet. If they've done so successfully, they'll have a positive "stock up" grade. If they haven't, they'll be given the "stock down" mark.
The Spartans (12-3, 1-1) expect junior Keith Appling to lead the way offensively, while big-bodied bangers like senior Derrick Nix and junior Adreian Payne take care of the glass.
Has Appling done his share lately? What about Nix, who scored a career-high 25 points in the Spartans' 67-56 win over Texas?
What's his worth so far?
Travis Trice was excellent off the bench in Michigan State's 84-61 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers. No need to wait for the Trice slide—his stock is sky-high after Saturday's line of 12 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists in Michigan State's fist Big Ten win of the season.
But what about the rest?
Has sophomore Branden Dawson helped his cause? The super sophomore certainly has an upward climb during his recovery from a torn ACL. He's had lapses in defense, but he's shown a competitive fire levels above from what he showed last year.
We'll start with the "stock up" guys and finish with the "stock down" players—the regulars. We'll judge on the past few games to get a timely assessment. Overall season grades would be different, obviously.
These stock assessments are all about the now.