There is good news and bad news for the Michigan State Spartans as they approach the 2013-14 season.
The good news is that Adreian Payne is staying for his senior year—the Spartans will certainly have an all-around threat in Payne, who will be used like Draymond Green was in 2011-12, according to coach Tom Izzo.
Green developed a strong outside game to complement his prowess in the paint. Last season, Payne did the same.
There should be ample opportunities for Payne to elevate his game to the next level as a senior under Izzo's guidance.
The bad news for the Spartans is that Derrick Nix won't be around next year. Nix completed four years of respectable basketball in East Lansing, providing a beefy inside presence for Izzo that kept the Spartans competitive against the most physical teams in the Big Ten.
Nix is the only subtraction from the 2012-13 team. However, his absence will shake up the rotation as Izzo devises a new strategy—one that could have the Spartans at the top of the polls for weeks this coming year.