Michigan State Basketball: 3 players who could leave early after 2020-21 season

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Michigan State basketball is known for developing some elite talent and a few guys could leave early for the NBA after the 2020-21 season.

COVID-19 has disrupted the entire offseason and put an end to Michigan State’s 2019-20 season abruptly after the Spartans captured their third straight Big Ten title.

It was a disappointing way to end what could have been a memorable NCAA Tournament, especially since Michigan State was playing its best basketball of the season. It seemed as if everything was coming together at the right time and the Spartans were going to be one of the teams to beat in March.

Although the season as a whole was a roller-coaster, it was getting set to end on a high note before the novel coronavirus hit.

Since the season ended, both Aaron Henry and Xavier Tillman declared for the NBA draft but maintained their collegiate eligibility. They are both going through the process and looking to get solid feedback from teams before making a cut-and-dry decision on their futures.

While it looks like Henry will be back and there have been rumors swirling about Tillman returning as well, they’re both proof that Tom Izzo can, in fact, develop NBA talent.

Getting guys to the NBA early is only good for Izzo’s resume and these three guys could be added to that list after the 2020-21 season.