Izzo: Michigan State's Gabe Brown will be 'ready to go' after ankle sprain in Moneyball

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Gabe Brown suffered a "low-grade" ankle sprain last week in the Moneyball Pro-Am. He played in 32 games last season for Michigan State.

Royal Oak — You'd certainly understand if Tom Izzo got a little antsy this time of year, what with all those Michigan State players hooping it up at Moneyball.

"Yeah, you know, a little bit," Izzo said. "But the kids have fun, because nobody guards anybody and they can score 50 points a game.

"I'm not one of those guys ... I'm a two-sport guy, a three-sport guy, I love when my guys play football and basketball. I don't sit there worrying about injuries, because you can get hurt falling off the curb.

"That part of it has never really bothered me."

Not even recently, with word that sophomore forward Gabe Brown suffered a right ankle sprain playing in Thursday's Moneyball Pro-am in Dimondale. He was helped off the court by teammates.

Izzo said Brown was pretty much back to normal Friday.

"Just a low-grade sprain, no bones, no ligaments," Izzo said Monday, while attending Oakland coach Greg Kampe's annual Coaches Beat Cancer event at Beaumont Hospital. "He'll be ready to go, maybe even by this week when we start practicing."

In other Michigan State injury news, senior forward Joshua Langford, who missed the second half of last season with a foot injury, recently received what Izzo called the "green light" to resume basketball activities.

Izzo said by the end of the summer, he expects Langford to be at 100 percent.

"When you're out six months, you don't just come back, but this kid is a worker," Izzo said of Langford, who was averaging 15 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists before he went down for the season in January. "In a sick sort of way, (the injury) could be good because he's a gym rat. And now he's had some time away from the gym.

"So, it might be semi-refreshing for him, to get a little break."

Fresh approach

Izzo is welcoming in another banner recruiting class, and that's to say nothing of Marquette transfer Joey Hauser.

Three freshman — Rocket Watts, Malik Hall and Julius Marble — all could see significant minutes this season, Izzo said.

Watts already has been on campus.

"And we think Malik Hall is going to give us some minutes right away, and of course Rocket will," Izzo said. "And Julius, our other kid, is making some progress. He reminds me somewhat of an Aloysius Anagonye. He's a little raw yet, but very smart. He's got more skills. I'm excited about all my guys."


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