Michigan State Basketball: Top Storylines to Follow in Spartans' 2014 Offseason

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Michigan State Basketball: Top Storylines to Follow in Spartans' 2014 Offseason
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Izzo, MSU and two underclassmen have important decisions to make...and the clock is ticking.

Who’s staying? Who’s going? For Michigan State, those are the ultimate storylines surrounding its offseason.

However, players aren’t the only ones who could vacate posts. As soon as Sunday’s 60-54 Elite Eight loss to UConn came to a close, Tom Izzo’s NBA future immediately became a hot topic.

In the past, the Spartans' 19-year coach has squashed those rumors. But according to Joe Lapointe, who wrote a special for MLive.com, Izzo didn’t completely put the current buzz to rest during a smaller, more intimate press conference following his exit from March Madness.

Chances are that Izzo’s staying.

But Gary Harris, the Spartans’ star sophomore, could be on his way to the Association. Branden Dawson, a junior, could stand to spend another year in college before thinking of taking his game to the next level.

And of course, replacing the irreplaceable Adreian Payne will be difficult. Izzo whiffed on Chicago prep star Cliff Alexander, who’s headed to Kansas, so getting another dynamic big man is of the utmost importance.

Keith Appling should have led his team to at least one Final Four. But he didn’t.

While running at his peak, the senior was among the best point guards in the nation. But a wrist injury kept him from realizing his potential and from competing at the level of Shabazz Napier, the guard who sets the tempo for UConn.

This slideshow will outline what to expect as MSU enters the immediate offseason. 

 

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