Travis Trice had a rough year with injury in 2012-13.
Travis Trice has fought head trauma/concussion-like symptoms and is due for redemption.
Not that he has anything to prove to the Spartans—they know he's rock solid—but he likely has personal reasons motivating him to shine this year.
As usual, he'll be a solid reserve guard. That's not a question. He'll hit the floor. He'll fight for loose balls, and he'll take a charge for the good of the team.
That's a teammate.
He'll get a passing grade if he can stay healthy and contribute. Failing would consist of doing the opposite.
Gavin Schilling is challenging for a starting role at forward, according to MLive.com's Diamond Leung.
Schilling said the following to Leung:
"I'm fighting for that fifth starting spot. Obviously, Coach wants to go with experience first, putting Matt [Costello] in, but we're going at it in practice. I've been doing a lot of good things so far."
According to Leung, Izzo said the following about Schilling:
Gavin is the best ball screen guy we've got. He was out there quicker than a cat. I thought he did a great job for a freshman getting up, getting back. That kid will be a hell of a player some day if he keeps improving. He's a little raw right now, but he's going to be very good. We're going to be able to use him in a lot of ways I think, plus he can rebound.
Purposefully or not, Izzo has set the bar for Schilling, who'd get a passing grade if he plays remotely close to what Izzo describes. The Spartans could use a ball-screen pro who's been compared to Andre Hutson and Antonio Smith to set up room for Harris, Dawson and Alvin Ellis, a hot-shooting freshman guard.
Follow Bleacher Report's Michigan State Spartans basketball writer Adam Biggers on Twitter @AdamBiggers81