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Senior Day 2012

February 27, 2012

With the Men’s Basketball season nearing its conclusion, we would like to recognize this year’s outstanding senior class!

On Sunday, March 4, our seniors will be taking the floor at the Breslin Center for their final time in a showdown against Ohio State.   Sunday’s game could give Michigan State sole possession of the Big Ten regular season title.

This year’s senior class has seen it’s share of triumphs with two Final Four appearances (with aspirations of adding to that tally this year) and three Big Ten regular season championships.

Draymond Green #23

Draymond Green is Tom Izzo’s “Coach on the Floor” and has been called “The Perfect Spartan” by    his coach.  The 6′ 7″ forward from Saginaw, MI is on pace to become the first D1 player to average 15+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 3+ assists in a single season since Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan.  Beyond his impressive statistics, Draymond is the most inspirational leader the Spartans have seen since Mateen Cleaves.  Despite his success as a player, Day-Day (as he is nicknamed) has some unfinished business.  Green will be looking to lead his team to that illusive, and very well-deserved, National Championship this April.

Anthony Ianni #44

As is the case with most walk-on players, Anthony Ianni as an unheralded, yet invaluable asset to the Spartans.  The 6′ 9″ Center from East Lansing began his career at Grand Valley State in 2007.  after the 2008-09 season at Grand Valley State, Ianni transferred to his hometown Spartans.  While his contributions on the floor have been limited, his dedication to the program cannot be overlooked.  Anthony’s primary role is to help his team prepare during practices.  Without players like Ianni, the on-the-court success his team has seen would not be possible.  In 2010-11, Ianni was the recipient of MSU’s Tim Bograkos Walk-On Award.

Austin Thornton #13

Austin Thornton’s expanded role in his senior year is a testament to his hard work and perseverance.  In his first three seasons with the Spartans, Thornton’s role with the team was limited to mostly spot minutes off the bench.  However, as a senior Austin has taken advantage of his opportunities to play a major role in his team’s success.  Thornton has earned a starting role on his team and has proven he is up to the task.  The 6′ 5″ guard from Sand Lake, MI is shooting over 40% from the three-point line and an astounding 90% from the free throw line.  Beyond his statistical contributions, Austin shows poise on the floor and makes few mistakes during games.

Brandon Wood #30

Brandon’s road to the Spartans was long, but worthwhile.  Wood’s first collegiate season at Southern Illinois ended after six games due to an injury.  He was granted a medical redshirt from the NCAA.  In his following season at Highland Community College, he led the Cougars to a 7th place finish in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.  From there, Brandon transferred to Valparaiso for two seasons where he averaged 16.7 points per game in 2010-11 and earned first-team All-Horizon League honors.  After his junior season at Valparaiso, Wood transferred to Michigan State to finish his college career in search of a National Championship.  Brandon has become a valuable asset to his new Spartan team.


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