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February 18, 2012

At the car wash

Today we check in with 2000 MSU national champs Andre Hutson and David Thomas, who have parlayed their basketball careers into a local business.

    There's a breakout included in the story on former Spartans playing pro ball, but here it is again:

    Spartans in the pros
Here’s a list of former MSU basketball players who are still playing pro ball or were still playing within the past year, in the United States or abroad:
Al Anagonye: B. de Rueda V. (Spain) 1.9 points per game
Alan Anderson: Shandong FB (China) 25.5 ppg
Adam Ballinger: 36ers (Australia) 5.5 ppg
Charlie Bell: Otto Caserta (Italy) 4.8 ppg
Shannon Brown: Phoenix Suns (NBA) 9.0 ppg
Brandon Cotton: Hamar (Iceland) 35.3 ppg
Paul Davis: Cajasol (Spain) 16.9 ppg
Marquise Gray: Baskent Genclik (Turkey) 20.3 ppg
Chris Hill: Spirou (Belgium) 11.6 ppg
Erazem Lorbek: FCB Regal (Spain) 15.2 ppg
Kalin Lucas: Banvit (Turkey) 8.3 ppg
Raymar Morgan: Ironi Ashkelon (Israel) 14.6 ppg
Drew Naymick: CEZ Nymburk (Czech Republic) 12.5 ppg
Drew Neitzel: Texas Legends (NBDL) 6.7 ppg
Morris Peterson: NBA free agent seeking team
Zach Randolph: Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) 14.8 ppg
Jason Richardson: Orlando Magic (NBA) 12.4 ppg
Durrell Summers: Boulogne (France) 5.7 ppg
Goran Suton: Cibona (Croatia) 10.5 ppg
Kelvin Torbert: Aalstar (Belgium) 6.5 ppg
Travis Walton: Fort Wayne Mad Ants (NBDL) 5.8 ppg

    Great to see Gray doing so well. Not surprised Anderson is lighting it up somewhere. And how about Brandon Cotton? Sounds like some of those Icelandic foes need to look into the box-and-one.

    Here's today's hoops notebook, it's in the print edition:

    EAST LANSING – Purdue will be without two key players when it tries to upset No. 7 Michigan State on Sunday at Mackey Arena.
    Coach Matt Painter suspended junior forward D.J. Byrd for the game and dismissed junior guard Kelsey Barlow from the program on Friday, after a nightclub incident early Friday morning in West Lafayette, Ind., that resulted in Byrd’s arrest on suspicion of public intoxication.
    Barlow was suspended late last season for conduct detrimental to the team. The Indianapolis Star reported that Byrd is suspected of hitting a bouncer in the incident.
And it all sounds familiar to MSU coach Tom Izzo, who dismissed Chris Allen before the 2010-11 season and Korie Lucious in the middle of it for repeated team rules violations.
    “It’s a tough situation,” Izzo said after Friday’s practice, a day after a 69-55 win over Wisconsin that pulled MSU (21-5 overall, 10-3 Big Ten) back into a first-place tie with Ohio State. “I’ve been there myself not that long ago. So I unfortunately have a somber appreciation for what Matt’s going through.
    “It’s a loss for them. It’s a distraction for Matt and his team. And if you ask me, at times last year the distraction is worse than the player you lose. And I think that’s the hardest thing and most unfair for him and his program.”
    Still, the Spartans expect a lot of fight from the Boilermakers (17-9, 7-6), who will be trying to avenge an 83-58 loss at MSU on Jan. 21.
    “If they play Matt and four cheerleaders, they’re gonna be competitive,” said Izzo, who also said he’s concerned the issue could distract the focus of his own players.
    “Maybe down the road it will hurt them,” MSU senior forward Draymond Green said, “but there’s always that one game where you rally everyone together and try to pick things up for those people.”
    Barlow started 22 of 26 games and was fourth on the team with 8.3 points a game. Byrd has started four games and is fifth at 8.0 points a game – while leading Purdue with 44.8 percent 3-point accuracy (43 of 96).
    MARKED MAN: MSU freshman guard Branden Dawson and Painter had a brief exchange of words during the first meeting, after which members of Purdue’s student section “Paint Crew” told Dawson on Twitter that they’ll be all over him during the rematch.
    Dawson picked MSU over Purdue and is friends with several Purdue players. He called the incident “a little bit of a misunderstanding” and said Izzo told him to “handle things with class.”
    “I know one thing, there will be one guy backing him 100 percent and that’s me,” Izzo said of Dawson. “But the game ain’t gonna be won in the stands, the game’s gonna be won on the floor.”
    INJURY REPORT: Freshman guard Travis Trice is “double doubtful” for Sunday, Izzo said, with the right ankle he sprained a week ago at Ohio State. Trice said the swelling is down but a lot of pain remains.
    Senior guard Brandon Wood said his strained right shoulder was feeling better Friday, while Green turned his left ankle in the win over Wisconsin and said he had some soreness Friday.

    Also, key victory for MSU hockey. MSU baseball opens with a win. And MSU football picks up No. 2 for 2013.

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