Here’s MSU’s likely starting five without Deyonta Davis

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Joshua Langford

With the early departure of Deyonta Davis to the NBA, Michigan State is now a bit thin up front. But the Spartans have the best recruiting class in the Tom Izzo era coming in, meaning they should be fine.

Here’s a look at how Michigan State’s starting lineup might look by next fall.

Tum Tum Nairn, junior

He is limited offensively, but he is Michigan State’s best on-ball defender, and assuming he’s fully recovered from his plantar fasciitis injury, he’ll be able to run the Spartans’ fast break effectively.

Eron Harris, senior

The former transfer from West Virginia had ups and downs offensively but became one of Michigan State’s best defenders. He’ll likely be counted on to be more of a consistent offensive option, not only shooting the ball but attacking the basket and getting to the free-throw line.

Joshua Langford, freshman

The 6-foot-5 All-American might have been coming off the bench if Josh Jackson had opted to play at MSU, but he’s likely there now. A five-star recruit from Alabama, Langford can create for himself and others and could remind some of Denzel Valentine.

Miles Bridges, freshman

One of the top recruits in the nation, the Flint native can play nearly every position on the floor but is most effective from the wing, attacking the basket and coming off screens. He’s a Branden Dawson with a better handle on the ball and much better shot.

Gavin Schilling, senior

He’ll get plenty of minutes if he can stay out of foul trouble, especially with Davis off to the NBA. Schilling is athletic as they come and is an outstanding rebounder, but he’ll need to improve his hands to become more of an offensive option.


Alvin Ellis can provide solid minutes as a senior while sophomore Matt McQuaid should be much more comfortable playing off the ball. Sophomore Kenny Goins will be crucial in the post while true freshman Nick Ward should get plenty of time up front, as well. Freshman point guard Cassius Winston could overtake Nairn as the starter at some point in the season.

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