Few players will be as synonymous with Michigan State basketball over the next decade as Denzel Valentine will be.
The potential National Player of the Year, Valentine has been everything to the Spartans program in 2015-16.
He became the first player in 30 years to average 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists nationally. He led them to the No. 1 ranking in the country for an extended period of time. He was the Big Ten Player of the Year and the Big Ten Tournament MVP. Oh, and he was instrumental in helping to get the Spartans to a Final Four in 2015.
Basically, there was nothing more that Denzel Valentine could give to Michigan State University outside of a championship. And unfortunately for him, he’s going to fall short of that goal following No. 15 Middle Tennessee State’s upset over the No. 2 Spartans.
Tom Izzo realizes how special Valentine is to his program. So Izzo went on national television and decided to thank his star for the remarkable career he gave to the university.
When asked what he would say to thank Denzel Valentine, Tom Izzo was nearly brought to tears. https://t.co/xOaVz1JHlE
— March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV) March 18, 2016
“Thank you, I love you man,” Izzo said. “Did everything you could do for me. He gave … some people give the program, some people give the team. He gave the program, the team, the university, the city. He gave us everything we could ask in every way, shape, and form. I may be in it a long time, and never have another Denzel. That’s what I said to Denzel.”
Yup, that’s basically all that needs to be said about Valentine’s final game and his career at Michigan State.