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Izzo and Flip Saunders watching the game together.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Green Ninja 13 months ago
Sorry for the sideways pic...
If Izzo doesn't get these 2014 kids, it's certainly not going to be because of a lack of effort. Crazy.
QFT......he's unreal. Can't say enough about the man.
Best episode of Rules of Engagement... ever.
Tyus Jones had 28 points and 11 rebounds & 5 assists to lead Apple Valley past Park Center 74-57 to win the Class 4A state boys basketball championship Saturday night.
Never know with these kids, they may decide they'd prefer to get ousted in the 1st round of the NIT than deal with all the bother of going to Final Fours.
I can't quite figure out what is going on, but you're my boy blue, so we are good.
Damn Izzo is good. He can time travel into the future!
Get off my lawn.
I was just explaining to a relative today how incredibly hard Izzo works for his players and MSU. That's unbelievable!!! This sets Izzo apart from the other coaches.
I KNOW this kid's parents have to be impressed! He wants their son to be a Spartan so much, he's remembered his game and taken time in the midst of the tournament to be there.
This post was edited by mdm2005 13 months ago
The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare.
Ditto that. Can't believe anyone works harder than Izzo.
The moment is eternal
The issue seems to me to be, unfortunately, that many kids don't want to have to work as hard as Coach Izzo expects them to and want to have playing time guaranteed and handed to them. In addition, unlike some other elite programs, kids are actually encouraged and expected to get an education at MSU, not just prep for the NBA. For that alone, I am thankful for both these things which reflect the emphasis on the term "student athlete" at MSU....hear that UK?
Tom Izzo is incredible. He made a big statement with this.
Its five o'clock somewhere.
We were skiing before the game yesterday and there was a goofball out there in a Kentucky sweatshirt. I yelled "NIT" at him from the chairlift.
"No one cares what you know, until they know how much you care." Mark Dantonio
I know, right!
I am not worthy of the love Izzo gives to MSU, but I sure enjoy riding his coattails!!
Only one I can think of is Tommy Amaker.
While I think coach Izzo did the best thing to stay competitive, I believe this should be a no contact time for recruits. Coach Cal's visit the other day necessitated the trip for Izzo. It makes things a lot harder for coaches of teams still playing. The NCAA needs a complete overhaul. That new unlimited contact rule is ridiculous.
Unfortunately, you could have said that same thing about Jabari. From Sonny Parker acknowledging that Izzo had watched his son play even more than he had to independent Illinois writers crediting all the effort from DJ, there's little doubt that MSU put in the maximum effort possible. It isn't always enough.
Yep, that about sums it up.
Tom Izzo is not for every kid. If a kid does not want to totally commit himself to a team's destiny. . . then don't come to State. If a kid doesn't want to go to class and compete academically. . . don't come to State. But the kids who come know that they will improve as players and as people. . . and that the only person working harder than them is the coach.
One person is particularly covetous of Jones' strong character and building basketball resume.
Three hours after his team defeated Memphis in the NCAA tournament in Auburn Hills, Mich., Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, a frequent visitor to Jones' games and practices this season, was seated at Target Center with former Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders.
Izzo waited for Jones after the postgame celebration to congratulate him with a strong handshake. Saunders did the same and complimented Jones on his rebounding performance.
Thank you, Denicos.
Great work as always by Izzo, can someone explain why Flip Saunders was there??
For those interested, here is a new highlight video of Tyus:
Highlights of 6-foot-1 point guard Tyus Jones. Jones is the #1 player in the class of 2014. You can view his player profile here: http://www.hardwoodelite.com/player-profile.php?n=tyus_jones
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Heard the same about Jabari. If Izzo doesn't get any 2014 studs it's because these guys have other Idea$.
I know he's from Minnesota and believe he lives there again now. Not sure what he's doing with himself these days.
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