Linking Laconically is impressed with Magic Johnson's fundraising prowess

The other night, Magic Johnson randomly showed up in Saginaw to help raise money for a local scholarship fund for high school students. Saginaw News reporter Lindsey Knake tweeted this about his impact:

Tonight, helped raised $70,000 in about five minutes for a scholarship fund Saginaw students to go to college.

Johnson also sat down for the above interview with the local CBS affiliate in Mid-Michigan. Draymond Green joined him at the fundraiser. Great night for a couple of great Spartans. More links after the jump.

The top 10 draft prospects available after round one | ProFootballTalk
Pro Football Talk mentions Worthy: "More strong prospects left on the board: Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill, Washington defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu, Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry, Clemson defensive end Andre Branch, Montana defensive back Trumaine Johnson, Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery, Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley, Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams, UConn defensive tackle Kendall Reyes."

Michigan State recruiting: Demetrius Jackson gets tough love from Spartans' basketball family | MLive.com
Hoops recruit Demetrius Jackson talks about his relationship with Dane Fife: "Me and Dane talk all the time on the phone, and it got to the point where we can talk about casual things," Jackson said Friday after leading the Midwest Basketball Academy Select to a 30-point win. "It’s almost like a friendship there. "Last AAU season, Coach Fife gave me a call and let me know that I was playing matador defense, that I was being passive on the court. It’s almost like a reality check…Being the leader of my team, it really brought the fire out of me, him telling me that."

Michigan State center Adreian Payne is OK after car accident | MLive.com
Payne was in a car accident, but he's OK: "I should not be here," Payne wrote. "God blessed me. I was in a car accident someone hit me on the highway..."

Jabari Parker: Mr. Popular | IlliniHQ.com
Hoops target Jabari Parker is used to attention: "Parker, the 2012 News-Gazette Player of the Year, and his teammates from Simeon Career Academy are holed up in a classroom after beating Whitney Young in the Illinois state playoffs. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State's Tom Izzo were in the stands. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife were there, too, sitting next to Parker's mom, Lola."

How does this Michigan State NFL draft class compare to the 2000 class? | MLive.com
MLive's Graham Couch compares this draft class to the 2000 class: "Twelve years ago, seven other Michigan State players were selected, two in Round 1 and all by Round 6: Wide receiver Plaxico Burress (first round, 8th overall), linebacker Julian Peterson (first, 16th), wideout Gari Scott (fourth), offensive tackle Greg Randall (fourth), safety Aric Morris (fifth), kicker Paul Edinger (sixth) and defensive lineman Robaire Smith (sixth)."

Mark Dantonio on Big Ten Network: 'Dream' is championship program at Michigan State | MLive.com
Dantonio describes Andrew Maxwell to the Big Ten Network: "You'll see a lot of things that are very similar to Kirk Cousins. He's a very accurate passer, a strong arm. He's a big athletic guy. The thing that (the quarterbacks) don't have that we'll miss with Kirk (not) here -- other than the leadership things -- will be that game experience with things are on the line. As the season progresses, we've got to be able to get that for them. That will come naturally."

Greg Jones, Devin Thomas honorary captains for Michigan State football spring game | MLive.com
Spring game captains announced: "With all of Michigan State's injuries and inexperience at wide receiver, the Spartans probably wish they could make Devin Thomas an actual captain for their spring game this Saturday at Spartan Stadium. The linebacker position isn't quite as much the concern, but Michigan State would likely gladly take Greg Jones back, as well. The Spartans will have to settle for having the two NFL players on the sidelines. Both are honorary captains for Saturday's game, Michigan State announced Tuesday."

Michigan State's Nick Simmons falls in U.S. Olympic Team wrestling trials | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
Spartan just misses Olympics: "The former Michigan State star fell to Sam Hazewinkel on Sunday night in the championship freestyle wrestling series of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. "My heart’s broken," Simmons said."

UFC 145: Jon Jones retains light heavyweight title against ex-Spartan Rashad Evans | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
MSU grad loses UFC fight, if you're into that sort of thing: "Jon Jones used his reach advantage to take a unanimous decision over former teammate Rashad Evans on Saturday night and retain his UFC 145 world light heavyweight championship."

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