The fourth-ranked Michigan State Spartans have some NBA talent on their roster. In the first edition of ESPN’s “Best Available NBA Prospects”, three Spartans made their way into the Top 100. Aaron Henry came in at 37th in the Top 100 list. He is ranked two positions behind the highest ranked Big Ten player, Ayo Dosunmu, at 35th. Henry is currently averaging 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists. He has shown off an increased feel for the game this season by making plays on the offensive end and acting as the backbone for the Spartans.
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Rocket Watts fit into the list at the 73rd spot. Watts is averaging 13.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists through the first five games of the young season. He started the season as the leader of the bench unit, but quickly broke into the starting lineup. In his first game as a starter, he dropped 20 points on the Duke Blue Devils. He has fit well into his role as a scorer who can create his own shot and burn defenses that give him any space.
Following closely behind is Joey Hauser at 75th in the rankings. Hauser is looking to be a force in the Big Ten as he is averaging a double-double of 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Although Hauser started off the season slowly on offense, he has picked it up. In Michigan State’s most recent bout with Western Michigan, Hauser dropped in six three-pointers on 10 attempts.
If Henry, Watts, and Hauser all receive NBA contracts next summer, we could be looking at 11 Spartan alumni (counting this year’s rookies Xavier Tillman and Cassius Winston) playing at the highest professional level. We will keep you updated periodically on ESPN’s rankings.