As the 2015-16 season draws closer, Michigan State Spartans senior guard Denzel Valentine is looking to close out his college playing career with a bang and is working hard to be even better on the court after helping lead his team to the Final Four in 2015.
Speaking to Kyle Austin of MLive.com, Spartans coach Tom Izzo said that Valentine was “unbelievable” during the team’s recent trip to Europe.
“Denzel (Valentine) the first three games was unbelievable,” Izzo said this week on The Drive with Jack on WQTX in Lansing. “He could have been the MVP of the whole tournament. He played really, really well.”
That’s definitely high praise, considering how Valentine averaged 14.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season while shooting 44 percent from the field and 42 percent from long range. On the team’s overseas trip, he posted 17 points per contest over four games.
So long as he improves his shot selection and doesn’t rely so heavily on three-pointers, there is every indication that Valentine will turn in an excellent senior season as he prepares for the next chapter of his life. If he can rally his teammates as well as up his own production, Michigan State could be in for another excellent season.
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