Spartans Snapshots (Dec. 12 edition)

Spartans move into Top 25

After defeating Gonzaga on Saturday night, the Michigan State men’s basketball team moved to No. 21 in The Associated Press Top 25, and No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Spartans are off until Saturday, when they face Bowling Green at Breslin Center.

Wood keeps diary for hometown paper

Brandon Wood has been chronicling his times at Michigan State for the Kokomo Perspective. Check out his latest post here.

Green named Big Ten Player of the Week

Draymond Green was named player of the week in the Big Ten after his 34-point showing at Gonzaga. This is the second time he has won the award in his career.

Neitzel, Summers invited to NBA training camps

Former Spartans guard Drew Neitzel signed with the Dallas Mavericks yesterday. Durrell Summers also was in the news as he was invited to the Charlotte Bobcats training camp. Read the story from the Free Press here.

Michigan State hockey downs Michigan in shootout

The No. 15 Spartans hockey team defeated Michigan on Saturday night in a shootout. They played to a 3-3 tie in regulation, but gained an extra point in the standings by winning the shootout. Goalie Drew Palmisano stopped all three Michigan attempts in the shootout, giving the Spartans the win.

Michigan defeated MSU on Friday night in Ann Arbor by a score of 4-3.

Narduzzi sticking around…for now

The Illinois job for which Narduzzi was considered a top candidate went to Toledo’s Tim Beckman — which is a relief for Spartan Nation. But, it is not the last job he will be mentioned as a candidate for, in fact, another already has surfaced. Akron has a head coach vacancy and Narduzzi is said to be a candidate — though he has said there has been no contact between himself and the school. He did say he was recruiting this weekend.

Pickelman, Strayhorn out for Outback Bowl

Defensive tackles Kevin Pickelman and Jonathan Strayhorn are out with injuries for the Outback Bowl. Pickelman had been a starter next to Jerel Worthy all season, and will be missed. This brings a question of depth for the defensive tackle position, as Micajah Reynolds will be the backup behind Worthy and Anthony Rashad White on Jan. 3. This will be something to pay attention to, as Worthy is used to having snaps off every now and then, so keeping him fresh will be key.

McShay breaks down Kirk Cousins and the 2012 quarterback class

In a piece on ESPN.com, Todd McShay evaluated quarterbacks that are graded at a third-round level or higher. Cousins, while at the bottom of the list, was among the seven quarterbacks.

“He has adequate size and arm strength, and Cousins is mechanically sound with outstanding intangibles. However, he’s inconsistent under pressure and lacks elite overall tools. He’s helped his stock with a strong senior season, but his ceiling is not as high as most of the quarterbacks rated above him. ” — Todd McShay

Nichol hearing from scouts, but not as a wide receiver

According to Chris Vannini’s blog Green Thoughts, Keith Nichol has been talked to by scouts about playing defense. Given the transition he made to wide receiver with such ease, this great athlete could probably work hard enough to make it at any position. Also, should be something to pay attention to during bowl practices — maybe Nichol will spend a bit of time on the defensive side.

Dantonio in Ohio, misses presser

Spartan coaches and a few players were made available earlier today to the media…at Outback Steakhouse in Okemos. Amusing, first off. The absence of Dantonio was not entirely surprising, but what he was doing in Ohio is open to speculation. Given that four-star commitment Se’Von Pittman took an official visit to Ohio State this weekend, it is plenty possible that he is meeting with Pittman. It also is just as possible that he is visiting family.

Madaris in East Lansing

Four-star wide receiver Monty Madaris, one of the top targets of the Michigan State staff for its final few scholarship spots, was in East Lansing this weekend. According to his Twitter, he will know by next month where he is headed to play next year.

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Posted on December 12, 2011, in Basketball, Football, Hockey, Recruiting and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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