2017-18 is shaping up to be a special season for the Michigan State Spartans.
With almost all of last year’s team back in East Lansing — including star forward Miles Bridges — this could easily become one of Tom Izzo’s most talented teams in his 22 years as the Spartans head coach.
That’s why it’s no surprise to see NBC Sports still has Michigan State stop their preseason college hoops 25 poll, which they updated following Wednesday’s NBA Draft withdrawal deadline.
1. Michigan State
Who’s gone: Eron Harris, Alvin Ellis III
Who do they add: Jaren Jackson, Xavier Tillman
Projected starting lineup: Cassius Winston, Josh Langford, Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson, Nick Ward
I like this Michigan State team a lot. Nick Ward was a beast last year and Jaren Jackson is the perfect sidekick. Cassius Winston and Josh Langford will both take a step forward. The key, however, is that a potential Player of the Year in Miles Bridges opted to return to school.