With what will be 11 combined years of experience, the MSU men’s basketball team has their trio of captains.
Joshua Langford, Aaron Henry and Foster Loyer were announced as captains on Thursday.
“When you have a vote among your players to determine captains, it’s always interesting to see who the team looks to and in this case,” Tom Izzo said, via press release. “I think our team selected three players who are true leaders in our program.”
This is an old hat for Langford as this is the third time he has been named captain, making him the sixth Spartan to achieve those honors. Missing the last season and a half with a foot injury, Langford has been a point of guidance throughout his four years on East Lansing soil.
“It means a lot,” Langford said. ”Not everyone gets the opportunity to play at a program like Michigan State. Just to have the opportunity to play here, it’s an honor and a blessing. To look at the names of all these different captains and great leaders from his program, it’s a great honor and another result of God’s Grace.”
Henry, who entered his name in the NBA Draft and elected to come back in the final hours of decision time, started 29 of 30 games for MSU last season. To say the least, he’s going to be one of the focal points of MSU’s squad this winter.
“I think being a captain for the Michigan State basketball team carries a lot of weight,” Henry said. “All of us share that leadership and we want to be leaders on a team that helps to carry on the legacy of this program.”
Loyer might be the biggest surprise of the trio, but it’s clear his teammates love what he brings to the table. While he started in just one game last season, he looks to have an increased role on the floor this year as a guy by the name of Cassius Winston has left minutes and big time usage to be filled.
“I think it’s just an honor at such a program where leadership and the ability to help your teammates and to be a leader is such a prime factor,” Loyer said. ”It’s a responsibility that I will take very seriously and I will hold myself accountable to my teammates and make us the best that we can.”