True freshman guard, A.J. Hoggard underwent meniscus surgery according to reports from CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein. He is expected to miss approximately two weeks of practice but is on target to be ready for the start of the season. In a follow up tweet, Rothstein also reported that Coach Izzo does not have a set point guard rotation as of yet, but spoke highly of Foster Loyer.
Tom Izzo tells me that Michigan State freshman A.J. Hoggard had meniscus surgery recently and has been out about two weeks, but should be ready for the start of the season on 11/25.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 9, 2020
Tom Izzo also tells me that Michigan State's PG situation is "not set yet". Raved about Foster Loyer's progression. https://t.co/8eyCQo4iaI— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 9, 2020
Hoggard was the 74th ranked prospect in the 2020 recruiting class according to 247 Sports. He is a four-star point guard with intentions of competing for a spot in the Spartans’ point guard rotation. He will be competing with the likes of Loyer and possibly Rocket Watts if he Watts did in fact move from the two-guard spot to the one spot. Missing two weeks of camp as a true freshman is a rather large setback, especially for a true freshman. All offensive sets and defensive principles are implemented during this time period, and missing that puts Hoggard at a significant disadvantage. Missing two weeks of conditioning may also prove to be an issue for the 6-foot-3-inch guard out of Huntington Prep. It appears that Hoggard may have undergone surgery before Nov. 7 as he tweeted, “Can’t wait to hoop with my guys,” but we don’t know that for sure.
Can’t wait to hoop with my guys— AJ (@ajhoggard3) November 8, 2020
In other news, Aaron Henry lands on the newly released preseason All-Big Ten team. Henry is the only Spartan on the team, as Iowa’s Luka Garza and Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu are the only unanimous selections.
Illinois junior guard Ayo Dosunmu and Iowa senior center Luka Garza have been named unanimous selections on the 2020-21 #B1GMBBall Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Eight conference programs are represented on the 10-member team: https://t.co/dm9tYt51M6 pic.twitter.com/ArFf4eOxcH— Big Ten Men's Hoops (@B1GMBBall) November 9, 2020
The preseason AP Poll Top-25 was also released today, and Michigan State checked in at No. 13.