Denzel Washington a fan of ex-MSU star Valentine

The Detroit News
Denzel Valentine holds up his new Bulls jersey during Monday's news conference.

Apparently former Michigan State standout Denzel Valentine has a growing fanbase that includes actor Denzel Washington.

In a TMZ Sports clip posted Monday, Washington revealed he’s a fan of both Valentine’s name and game.

“I actually talked to him,” Washington said. “I tracked him down because how many Denzels do you meet?”

When asked if Valentine was named after him, Washington said: “His mother said, I think his mother said so. I’m not sure. Can’t quote me on that.”

It’s just the latest tidbit of exciting news for Valentine, who was picked No. 14 overall by the Chicago Bulls in last week’s NBA draft.