Gone are Aaron Henry, Josh Langford, and Rocket Watts who were expected to be part of last season’s “Big 3” but really only one guy panned out (Henry). Langford showed flashes and Watts struggled for most of the year due to confidence in his new role.
To say Michigan State basketball needs some guys to step up this season to replace Langford, Watts, and Henry would be an understatement.
Fortunately for Tom Izzo, Gabe Brown seems to be that guy.
Appearing on 97.1 radio on Wednesday morning, Izzo gave some good nuggets, according to Andrew Cumbow. He talked about the team through the first week of practices and it sounds like some good developments are taking place.
The most notable about Gabe’s senior leap.
There are obviously other great notes from Izzo there, but the “monster jump” from Gabe stands out. After a decent junior season, it’s nice to hear that he’s making huge strides this offseason because Michigan State is going to need him to be “the guy” moving forward.
Building on career year with Michigan State basketball
Brown averaged 7.2 points and 2.7 rebounds with a career-high shooting percentage of 47 from the floor and 42 percent from 3-point range. He took a positive step, but it wasn’t as big as many had hoped it would be as a junior. His numbers were all career-highs but he didn’t look like a star just yet.
Now entering his final season and with expectations at an all-time high, Gabe seems to be taking that next step in the offseason and Izzo doesn’t use phrases like “monster jump” lightly.
If Gabe can realize his huge potential in his final season at Michigan State, the Spartans could be in great shape.