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Key Losses: Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers, Mike Kebler, Garrick Sherman
Key Returnees: Draymond Green, Keith Appling, Delvon Roe, Adreian Payne, Russell Byrd (injured), Derrick Nix, Austin Thornton
Newcomers: Brandon Wood (Valpo transfer), Branden Dawson, Travis Trice, Dwaun Anderson, Brandan Kearney
Izzo brings in Rivals' No. 21-ranked recruiting class along with Wood, who should make an immediate impact offensively. Keep an eye on heralded freshman Branden Dawson—a powerful, versatile wing that gets it done on both ends of the floor.
The big question mark for the Spartans is who will replace Lucas at point? Trice, an incoming freshman with a sweet stroke and high basketball IQ, is the only natural point guard on roster.
Appling, a combo guard who saw time at the 2 last season, may be Izzo's choice to run the show with Trice as his backup. Appling is currently playing point guard for Team USA U19 and gaining valuable experience for when he returns to East Lansing.
Projected Starting Lineup
PG: Keith Appling
SG: Brandon Wood
SF: Branden Dawson
PF: Draymond Green
PF: Delvon Roe