March 19, 2010

V-Cast: Comp and PK look in on MSU practice

SPOKANE, Washington - Michigan State players appeared focused and relaxed as they went through their 40-minute public practice session Thursday in front of a few hundred college basketball fans that came out for event.

Michigan State spent most of the session getting a feel for the court and the sightlines at the Veterans Memorial Arena. The Spartans shot with purpose and had the same look that last year's team possessed during practice sessions.

Michigan State point guard Kalin Lucas had a bounce in his step that has been absent during recent games. Lucas shot the ball well as did wings Chris Allen, Durrell Summers, and sophomore point guard Korie Lucious.

Lucious provided a spark off the bench during Michigan State's 2008-2009 run the championship game. The talented second-year player has shown signs of heating up during the last handful of games and he continued to impress on Thursday.

Lucious not only shot the ball with confidence, he also showed off his leaping ability during Michigan State's dunk exhibition during the last five minutes of the public practice. It was Lucious, not Allen or Summers that threw down the dunk that brought the most applause from the hoops fans at Veterans Memorial Arena.

Lucious shot 3 of 6 from beyond the arc during Michigan State's last game against Minnesota. It was the first time Lucious made three or more 3-pointers since the last week in November when Lucious scored a season-high 13 points against UMass.

Michigan State's starting point guard, Lucas, has not had more than two triples in a game since his heroic performance on the road at Minnesota. Lucas has been slowed down by an ankle injury and a toe infection since guiding MSU to a 1-point win at Williams Arena. Lucas might not go 4 of 6 from beyond the arc the way he did during his 22-point performance at Minnesota, but Lucas once again appears to have the lift to be a threat from the perimeter against New Mexico State.

Raymar Morgan, Draymond Green, and key role players Derrick Nix, Garrick Sherman, and Austin Thortnon, and Isaiah Dahlman all looked focused and dialed in while getting a feel for the court at Veteran's Memorial Arena.

Michigan State's practice was followed by a public practice by Maryland and New Mexico State. The video embedded in the text above is one of three MSU practice videos with commentary by staffers Jim Comparoni and Paul Konyndyk

Click the links below to see the Spartans warming up and to listen to the thoughts on Michigan State's preparation from Comp and PK.

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