Michigan State Basketball: What Each Projected Starter Brings to the Table

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Michigan State Basketball: What Each Projected  Starter Brings to the Table
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Led by a couple of returning starters and a cohort of complementary players, Michigan State will enter the 2014-15 season with a new identity.

How Tom Izzo decides to concoct his starting lineup, however, isn't clear at the moment.

Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson are guarantees to appear in the starting five. Both players are returning from career-best campaigns and will headline this Spartan attack.

Travis Trice is certainly ready to increase his role within the team, as he has served as Sparty’s primary backup point guard for his three years in East Lansing. Late last season, his excellent tournament play resembled that of a starter.

Aside from those three aforementioned pieces, the vast majority of the remaining players are unproven at the college level.

A plethora of bench players from last season’s Elite Eight team will return, accompanied by a solid 2014 class. Collectively, they will fight for the remaining positions.

This slideshow will project each starting position for the 2014-15 season and examine what the candidates vying for those spots bring to the table.

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