Michigan State star Denzel Valentine and his teammates saw their championship hopes die early in this year’s NCAA Tournament after losing to No. 15 Middle Tennessee State in the opening round yesterday. While the loss definitely stings, that hasn’t stopped Valentine from thanking the Spartans fans for four years of devotion.
Valentine took to Instagram and posted a picture with a caption simply expressing thanks to the fans that helped make him a household name the past few years.
Definitely not what I had in mind the way my college career ended. Just wanted to say Thank you Spartan nation for your support for 4 years. I can honestly say I have no regrets to the way I gave my all to this university and program! I had an amazing time playing the game I truly love here at this special place and I will never forget the memories with my family, teammates, coaches, fans, and whoever played a part in my time at Michigan state. Through the good and bad times I can say Im leaving this university a better man and player. I had a wonderful time at MSU and wouldn’t trade any moment, I will never forget this time. Thank you and always go green 💯💯
Valentine averaged 19.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game this season as Michigan State went 29-6 (13-5 Big Ten) and won the Big Ten Tournament. Next for Valentine is the upcoming NBA Draft, where he is currently expected to be a mid first-round pick.
Given how incredibly his game developed in four years playing under a Hall of Fame coach in Tom Izzo, his professional future on the hardwood is looking bright.
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