Michigan State basketball: 3 massive benefits from Josh Lanford’s return

Josh Langford, Michigan State basketball (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Josh Langford has expressed the desire to return to Michigan State basketball in 2020-21 and he could bring yet another Big Ten title.

On Wednesday afternoon, Graham Couch from the Lansing State Journal revealed a conversation that he had with Tom Izzo about Josh Langford’s potential return.

The senior guard had a conversation with the Hall of Fame head coach and expressed the interest in returning to Michigan State for one final season and utilizing his redshirt on the 2019-20 campaign in which he spent the year on the end of the bench with an injury that resurfaced.

This sent shockwaves through the fanbase as everyone began to realize the real reason Izzo didn’t go after grad transfers as much as he could have was because he had a feeling that Langford would be back and a spot would need to be open for him. If Langford returns and both Xavier Tillman and Aaron Henry come back, there aren’t any open roster spots.

In that case, someone would need to transfer for Karim Mane to commit.

Also, if Tillman and Henry come back along with Langford, that gives Michigan State one of the best rosters in the country and it’d be tough to argue against the Spartans as a top-five team.

Even with just Langford announcing his return, Michigan State should become a serious Big Ten title favorite, and here’s why.