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Jack Hoiberg receives scholarship from MSU basketball

Step Back Jack takes the 13th allotted scholarship

NCAA Basketball: Ohio State at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Jack Hoiberg, welcome to a well-deserved spot on the scholarship count.

With Xavier Tillman leaving, the Michigan State men’s basketball team had 12 of its 13 scholarship slots filled up for next season. Rather than go for a last-ditch trip down the transfer portal, Tom Izzo and the program kept the final scholarship in-house and announced on Tuesday that “Step Back” Jack Hoiberg has received it.

And, really, if we’re going to keep it 100 percent real, the scholarship should’ve been given out two years ago as this shot was hanging in the air.

Hoiberg, while seldom seen during the season, has made his minutes count when he does take the court. Highlights from last season include his four-point performance against Nebraska (coached by his father, Fred Hoiberg) and his four-point, career-high 13 minute outing against Western Michigan.

As a junior next season Hoiberg’s role will likely be similar to what it’s been in the last two years, but perhaps we see a tad more of him. Regardless, with his diligent work on the scout team and moments on the court, this is a well-deserved moment for Hoiberg and his family.