Alright, now before anybody goes all crazy about my proclamation in the subject of this forum, hear me out. Denzel Valentine has the potential to have a Draymond Green-like impact on this Michigan State program. For those of you who dont know who Denzel Valentine is, he is an incoming freshman at Michigan State this year and out of the 4 freshman recruits coming in, he is the one that I'm most excited about. Yes, that includes Gary Harris as well.
For those of you who dont know who Denzel Valentine is.. I'll give you a run down of his physical profile and skillset. He's listed at 6-5 (although I took a picture with him at the annual Izzone Campout last night and I thought he was 6-6) and 205 lbs. On multiple recruiting websites he is either listed as a Shooting Guard or Small Forward for whatever reason. But he has an incredibly unique skillset which makes me believe he can be the back up point guard by the time February rolls around.
With a great handle and UNBELIEVABLE passing ability along with the ability to post up smaller guards, one he learns the tempo and skill at the college level, I feel he will be a great point guard for Michigan State in the future. Here's part of an article that was writing about him as a player "Izzo called Valentine a "utility guy" and said the Mr. Basketball runner-up could play point guard, shooting guard or either forward position. He compared him to former Spartan Alan Anderson in body type and versatility and compared him to Draymond Green in basketball IQ."
He does have his weaknesses however, while not the quickest or athletic of players, he makes use of hesitations, the triple threat, and keeping his handle alive in order to get to where he wants on the floor. Also, he needs to work on his jumper as it's the weakest part of his game to where most his highlights are in the paint. Here's a highlight of him on youtube.
If you havent been able to tell yet.. I'm excited. Like Draymond, he did not start until his junior season and if Denzel can lock up the back up point guard spot behind Appling for the next two years, he will be well seasoned to take over the starting roll by his junior season and lead us just like Draymond did for the last two years. What do you guys think?
Couldnt post the article due to "spam filter" on this site. Sorry.
I like Green's game and what he did for Michigan State. I haven't seen Valentine play, but if Michigan State has another 4 year player in him than I'm excited too. Green was an impact player starting with his sophomore year, and getting someone who can potentially be a key player for 3 years is a big plus.
Can't wait for Divison I ball to start.