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Branden Dawson will return to Spartans for senior season

Michigan State forward Branden Dawson will put the NBA on hold and return for his senior season. The 6-6 Dawson made the announcement official on Tuesday afternoon. [ MORE: Big Ten roster updates: Who’s on the move? ] “I was always pretty sure that I wanted to return for my senior season, but Coach Izzo said he would do what he does for all his players and gather some information,” Dawson said. “As he started making calls, my mom came up and we met with Coach. The three of us decided that as far as my basketball career, both present

Glenn Robinson III

Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas declare for NBA draft

Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III both declared for the NBA draft at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Fellow sophomore Mitch McGary is still weighing his future plans. Stauskas leaving is no shock. He’s generally projected to be a first-round pick, just outside the lottery. But Robinson’s planned hop to the pros is a mild surprise, as he had an up-and-down campaign. [ MORE: Who’s on the move? See B1G NBA draft entrants, transfers ] Stauskas took his game to another level in 2013-14, adding an effective dribble-drive game to his unmatched razor-sharp shooting skills en route to averaging 17.5

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Michigan State's Gary Harris to enter NBA draft

Michigan State sophomore Gary Harris will turn pro, the school announced Monday afternoon. This surprises no one, as Harris is projected by most to be a lottery selection. In fact, some felt Harris could have gone pro after his freshman season, when he averaged 12.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists. [ MORE: Who’s on the move? See Big Ten NBA draft entrants, transfers ] The 6-4 Harris is a sweet shooter who excels in the open court. He can shoot, pass, work off the dribble and defend. Bottom line: Harris is the complete player and was the preseason pick

Nik Stauskas

Which undeclared B1G player is most NBA-ready?

It’s already mid-April, which means that the NBA draft is quickly approaching. Several Big Ten players have yet to officially announce their future plans. That list includes the likes of Branden Dawson (Michigan State), A.J. Hammons (Purdue), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Mitch McGary (Michigan), Glenn Robinson III (Michigan) and Nik Stauskas (Michigan). That’s a talented list of players, which brought me to the following query: Which of these undeclared Big Ten players is the most NBA-ready right now? I posed the question to eight top-notch writers who cover Big Ten hoops closely. Here is what I got. * Michigan State’s

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Nik Stauskas to announce NBA draft decision Tuesday

Michigan sophomore guard Nik Stauskas will announce his decision to return to school or enter the NBA Draft in a press conference on Tuesday. [ MORE: Michigan State’s Gary Harris to enter NBA Draft ] Stauskas released the following tweet early Monday evening. And for those who have been asking, I will be holding a press conference tomorrow at school where I will announce my decision. — Nik Stauskas (@NStauskas11) April 14, 2014 Michigan’s athletic department sent out a release shortly after, stating that a press conference will take place at 3:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday at the Crisler Center

OSU adds Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson

Welcome to Ohio State, Trevor Thompson. A 6-11 forward from Indianapolis, Thompson, who played his freshman season at Virginia Tech, has announced he will transfer to Ohio State. He chose the Buckeyes over a pair of other Big Ten schools — Indiana and Purdue. [ MORE: OSU adds Temple transfer Anthony Lee ] Thompson averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in just over 16 minutes per game this past season at Virgina Tech. Thompson will likely sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules, but there is a chance he could request a waiver from the NCAA, due to

Video: John Groce hits ice at Chicago Blackhawks game

Earlier this week, Illinois basketball coach John Groce participated as the “celebrity contestant” for the “Shoot the Puck” contest during intermission of the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Chicago Blackhawks. Groce and Illinois are fresh off a 20-15 season and an NIT berth in his second season. Watch the video in this post to see how he did.

Lacey Holsworth

Merriman: If everyone could inspire like Lacey

They say that it doesn’t matter what someone is born, but, instead, what they grow to be. In eight short years of life, Lacey Holsworth, whose battle with cancer and relationship with Michigan State’s basketball program became known nationwide, grew to be an inspiration to anyone who knew her story. Lacey, or Princess Lacey as so many knew her as, passed away late Tuesday night. Only 8, and after a battle with a rare form of cancer known as neuroblastoma, Princess Lacey let go of this world and moved on to a higher place. [ MORE: Twitter: Spartans, Big Ten

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Izzo, Hollis release statement on Lacey Holsworth

Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo and athletics director Mark Hollis released a joint statement on the passing of Lacey Holsworth, the eight-year-old Adreian Payne fan who died late Tuesday night. Read both statements in this post. [ MORE: Lacey Holsworth, 8, dies | Twitter: Reaction to Holsworth’s death ] Matt Holsworth texts there will be a memorial for Lacey on April 17 at Breslin. And he adds: "Continue her legacy! Love unconditionally." — Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) April 9, 2014 Tom Izzo: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Holsworth family today. Princess Lacey has taught us all

Dienhart: Here's my top 5 incoming freshmen

Freshmen often are expected to contribute the moment they hit campus. Look at what guys like Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes, Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr., and Indiana’s Noah Vonleh—among others–meant to their teams last season. As we continue to turn the page toward next season, here’s a look at five incoming freshmen I think will have the best shot to make an instant and significant impact next season—and probably will need to if their respective teams expect to have a good season. 1. James Blackmon Jr., Indiana. If you watched the Hoosiers this past season, you saw the shooting deficiency. Indiana just