NOTE: This page will be updated for the 2017-18 season in early September.
Our 2016-17 season opened with our 8th annual Membership Tip-Off meeting on Monday, October 10. In addition to meeting the players, hearing from the Coach, watching practice, this season's attendees were among the first to preview the ongoing renovations to the Breslin Students Events Center. This year we will again have six luncheons throughout the season and may add another exciting new event. In addition, we will help with the annual Food Drive chaired by Lupe Izzo and intend to again co-sponsor Pep Rallies at Post Season Tournaments.
Luncheons unless otherwise noted are held from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at Eagle Eye Golf Club on Chandler Road in Bath. Doors open at 10:45 am. In addition to Coach Izzo or one of our assistant coaches, each luncheon will feature a guest speaker. Luncheons are open to both members and the general public, particularly if you bleed green. Memberships are always available at the door. No reservations are needed.
Our 8th Annual Membership Tip-Off was held on Monday, October 10th in the Breslin Student Events Center. One of the Club's most popular events allows the Club's new and returning members and their guests an up close look behind the scenes of MSU Men's Basketball.
The more than 525 people that attended had an opportunity to watch practice, have a Spartan photo taken, tour behind the scenes and hear from our Hall of Fame Coach. In addition, members and their guests were able to meet, take pictures of and get autographs of their favorite players including the much heralded incoming class. It was an exciting evening and a great tip-off to the upcoming season of MSU Basketball.
Our first luncheon of the 2016-17 season was held on Thursday, November 17th at Eagle Eye. We welcomed nearly 215 MSU fans as Coach Izzo talked about our team's game with Arizona at the Armed Forces Classic in Hawaii and Kentucky at the Championship Classic in New York City, the status of our players, and our upcoming November games. Our guest speaker was Brian Gregory former head coach of Georgia Tech and an assistant coach at MSU for 10 years. Coach Izzo and Coach Gregory had the crowd in tears of laughter as they bantered back and forth about the team and coaching. It definitely was a great time to socialize with fellow Spartans.
Our second luncheon of the 2016-17 season was held on Friday, December 16th at Eagle Eye. This luncheon was the lead into the big weekend with our Men's and Women's Basketball Teams and our Men's Hockey Team all in action against Northeastern the following Sunday. We were treated to a rare treat as Dr. Michael Longaker, in town as the Commencement speaker was able to join us. Dr. Longaker, who played on our 1979 National Champion Team captivated the audience talking about Jud, Tom and his renowned work on Stem Cell Research at Stanford University. It was a memorable luncheon and special holiday treat.
Our third luncheon of the 2016-17 was held on Friday, January 13th at Eagle Eye. Our guests were former players and current Grad Assistants, Austin Thornton and Thomas Kelly . Both had wonderful comments on where they have been since playing and what it is like to be on the mentoring side of the program. Coach Izzo brought us up to date on our team, the early BigTen season, and our upcoming trip to Columbus to take on Ohio State. Over 200 Spartans were in attendance.
Our fourth luncheon of the 2016-17 season was held on January 27, 2017 at Eagle Eye. Greg Ianni, our Senior Associate Athletic Director updated everyone on the renovations under way at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center along with some future plans for the Spartan Stadium and Jenison Field House. Coach Izzo updated us on our team and the season to date as we got ready to host Michigan. We also used this meeting to get a jump on the Annual Food Drive that took place the following Sunday by raising over $2300.00 It was a great afternoon for some 200 Spartans to get together.
Lupe Izzo again led of team of volunteers at our annual Food Drive to benefit the MSU and Greater Lansing Food Banks on Sunday, January 29th as we took on the Wolverines. We collected 1302 non-perishable goods and a record $18,039.69 in cash donations surpassing the previous record set last year of $16,717.90. We thank everyone for their support of these needy community organizations. As always 100% of everything donated at the food drives goes directly to these two organizations.
Our fifth Rebounders Club Luncheon was held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Eagle Eye Golf Club. Paul Davis (2002-2006) was back for a player reunion and brought us up to date on his career since graduation. Paul was drafted in the second round of the NBA by the Clippers and also played in Europe and Russia. He is now back living in the mid-Michigan area. Coach brought us up to date on our team and the preparation for taking on Iowa the following day. Another great crowd of over 200 Spartans appreciated the opportunity to socialize and talk about their favorite topic MSU Basketball.
Our Senior Recognition Luncheon honoring our Senior Players: Ben Carter, Alvin Ellis III, Eron Harris, and Mat Van Dyk and our Senior Managers: Jalen Holmes, Roscoe Johnson, TJ Nichols and Jalin Thomas was held on Friday March 3, 2017. It was a wonderful opportunity for our members and guests to to hear from the leaders of one of the most exciting classes ever to put on a Spartan uniform.View Details
The 2016-2017 MSU Men's Basketball Banquet honoring this season's incredible group of players and their accomplishments was held Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The attendees were greeted to one of the most emotional events of the season as the players received their awards and recognition. Spartan Sports Radio did an excellent job broadcasting the Tom Izzo Radio Show live from the event.