When Michigan State coach Tom Izzo put together the Spartans’ 2016-17 nonconference schedule, he did so with the idea forward Deyonta Davis would be on the roster.
Davis, however, left Michigan State following his freshman season, declaring for the NBA draft in April. Davis is now a Boston Celtic (selected 31st overall in June) and the Spartans now face a rather challenging slate of nonleague games without him.
Izzo on the schedule: "Would I do something this crazy if I knew Deyonta (Davis) was leaving? Probably not."
— Luke Srodulski (@lsrodulski) October 20, 2016
Michigan State will play three teams ranked in the top 11 of the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll during its non-conference schedule. The Spartans open their season with neutral-site games against No. 11 Arizona (Nov. 11) and No. 4 Kentucky (Nov. 15), then close out the season’s first month at No. 1 Duke on Nov. 29.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Izzo wondered out loud, “Would I do something this crazy if I knew Deyonta [Davis] was leaving?”
The he matter-of-factly answered himself: “Probably not.”