Michigan State Basketball: Projected 2020-21 starting 5 post-NBA decisions

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Xavier Tillman is gone and Aaron Henry is returning after NBA draft decisions, so where does that leave Michigan State basketball’s starting five?

Sunday was an important day for Tom Izzo and Michigan State. The Spartans got to finalize their roster for the 2020-21 season with the NBA draft decisions of Xavier Tillman and Aaron Henry.

Henry kicked things off with the announcement of his return for a junior season, stating that he believes Izzo is the best coach in the country and will help him reach his goals. Izzo responded by praising Henry’s decision and stating that he’s already improved his handles and jump shot. If those statements are true, he’s in for a big season.

Tillman followed up by posting a farewell video on social media, stating that he’d be forgoing his senior season in order to remain in the NBA draft. This was the best decision for him and his growing family as he’s already graduated and has a wife and two kids. And his draft stock probably won’t get much higher than it currently is.

With the final roster set, it’s time to look ahead at the 2020-21 season.

Will the Spartans contend for their fourth straight Big Ten title or will the loss of Tillman be too much? Losing Tillman and Cassius Winston hurts, but this team has as much talent as anyone in the conference and potentially even the nation.

What might the starting five look like in 2020?