Spartans The #1 Backcourt In The Nation?

Laura RicardContributor ISeptember 29, 2009

DETROIT - APRIL 06:  Kalin Lucas #1 of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

With Travis Walton leaving the Michigan State Spartan Basketball team due to graduation there doesn't seem to be much offensive production that has left East Lansing. Walton brought a great deal of leadership to the Spartan squad, but the majority of the back court scoring with be back with the defending Big Ten Champions. 

Kalin Lucas returns as the reigning Big Ten player of the year. Durrell Summers looks to continue off of the success he had in March, as well as Chris Allen and Korie Lucious. Although Chris Allen has had an up and down career for the Spartans hopefully this will be his year to become consistent and be a threat as the main guard next to Kalin Lucas. 

The Spartans look to build off the success they had in March, after making a run to the National Championship before losing to North Carolina in the final. Even though the Michigan State returns some veteran talent, are they really the #1 back court in the nation? I think they have the talent to get back to the Final Four, but it all depends on the play of Chris Allen and Durrell Summers.

If Allen and Summers can become a consistent threat I believe the Spartans will be heading back to the Final Four in Indianapolis. The team lost a lot of talent in Goran Suton and Travis Walton, but hopefully they will be able to make that up with newcomers Garrick Sherman and Derrick Nix. Those two freshman, along with Draymond Green, should help support the #1 backcourt in the nation.