Coming off another deep run in the NCAA Tournament, this time as a 7-seed, the expectations were high once again for Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans heading into 2015-16.
The team has a ton of talent returning, headlined by Bryn Forbes, West Virginia-transfer Eron Harris, Gavin Schilling, and star Denzel Valentine. Add in their incoming freshmen like Deyonta Davis and Matt McQuaid, and it’s easy to see why people think highly of the Spartans.
They have continued to receive good news in recent days, as Class of 2016 guard Cassius Winston committed to play at Michigan State, giving Izzo and the Spartans their third recruit ranked inside ESPN’s Top 100.
On Tuesday, the school received some not-so-good news. Sophomore forward Marvin Clark will miss the next six-to-eight weeks due to surgery on his left foot.
It was announced Tuesday by the school that Clark would miss time due to the injury. Clark has a stress fracture in his left foot.
After the departure of Branden Dawson, it was expected that Clark would compete for the vacant forward spot in the lineup along with freshman Deyonta Davis. With Clark missing key practice time due to the injury, one has to wonder how this will impact his sophomore campaign.
Last season as a freshman, Clark averaged 4.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11.2 minutes per game. He appeared in 39 games, coming off the bench for the majority of them, and he started in 7.
When he returns and is healthy again, Clark will be an integral piece for the Spartans in 2015-16. He can slide into the starting lineup if need be, and he also adds another dimension of depth to the bench for Coach Izzo and the rest of the coaching staff.
The Spartans open up the 2015-16 season at home on November 13th when they take on the Florida Atlantic Owls. Clark’s status for that game is up in the air for the time being.