With key players departing from East Lansing, Michigan State has a couple of important voids to fill. Those spots are prone to dreadful mismatches that MSU’s opponents could exploit in 2014-15.
The most glaring weakness to Sparty’s rotation is the absence of a solid center. Adreian Payne wasn’t a true center, but he and Branden Dawson formed an athletic and talented frontcourt.
Now, Tom Izzo doesn’t have that luxury.
Matt Costello and Gavin Schilling are the two candidates to fill in. They won’t have the same onus to score and rebound as Payne, but they must at least be serviceable in order for MSU to blossom.
The 2-guard spot that Gary Harris formerly occupied is also open to competition. Denzel Valentine will likely play the 3, making Alvin Ellis the immediate candidate to replace Harris. He, like Schilling and Costello, doesn’t have ample experience as an important contributor, so it remains to be seen whether Ellis can excel in a new role.
Let’s look on to some of the players on MSU’s schedule who will provide the most daunting mismatches.