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

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You might be surprised to see Aaron Henry at the shooting guard spot and not at small forward while Josh Langford gets the start, but I just don’t see the redshirt senior beginning the year as the No. 1 two-guard. He has been out for nearly two years now and there’s no guarantee his conditioning is right and he may not be ready to tackle big minutes.

That could all change as the year progresses, but to start the season, we’re going to see Henry at the two with a new face on the other wing.

Henry decided to come back for his junior season, passing up a chance at getting selected in the 2020 NBA Draft and the decision was probably for the best. He wasn’t in many, if any, mock drafts nor was he in the top 60 on many big boards. He was on the outside looking in and he was just hoping that a team took notice, but that risk was far too big.

Instead, he decided to come back for one more season and prove that he can be one of the most versatile players in the nation.

Henry averaged 10 points and 4.6 rebounds as a sophomore, shooting 44 percent from the floor and 34 percent from deep, but all of those numbers need to improve if he wants the NBA to take notice. If he can improve that shot, he could be a great three-and-D guy at the next level. But he also has the athleticism to slash to the basket or create for himself.

Cut the turnovers, improve shooting and build that confidence and we’ll see Henry in the NBA next year.