Rounding out the best backcourt in the Big Ten will be Jaden Akins, assuming he’s not scared away by the return of Tyson Walker.
Akins isn’t playing his natural position at the two, but college basketball has become somewhat positionless nowadays which is why the lineup worked out with him, Walker, and AJ Hoggard all playing at the same time. They seemed to feed off each other and someone was always open because of the amount of attention these guys each drew.
I don’t think Akins will be scared away by the prospect of playing on the wing again, especially since he grew leaps and bounds as a player in the latter stages of the season when he was fully healthy and playing with absolute confidence.
The sophomore from Farmington, Mich., scored in double figures in six of the final seven games after having just seven double-digit scoring games in his first 22. That confidence will carry over.
Akins finished the season averaging 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 42 percent from deep and being the team’s best perimeter defender. Michigan State needs him back.