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MSU’s Alvin Ellis in camp with G League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Alvin Ellis, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard from Michigan State, is in training camp with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League. Rio Grande Valley is the Gatorade League affiliate of the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Ellis played four seasons for coach Tom Izzo and the Spartans including 36 games as a freshman in 2013-14. […]

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Happy Birthday Matt Steigenga, Mr. Basketball 1988!

If you see former Michigan State Spartans player and current basketball analyst Matt Steigenga today, wish him a happy 47th birthday! Born right here in West Michigan, Steigenga won the NFL’s Punt, Pass and Kick contest at the age of nine. The 6-foot-7 forward starred at GR South Christian High School, winning the state’s Mr. Basketball award and leading […]

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Muskegon’s Deyonta Davis drafted by Boston Celtics, headed to Memphis Grizzlies

Deyonta Davis, a 6-foot-10 forward from Michigan State University, was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 31st pick in the 2016 NBA Draft in Brooklyn, NY Thursday night. Originally projected was a lottery selection, Davis fell to the first pick of the second round and was picked #31 overall by the Boston Celtics. It was […]


Congrats to all of Michigan’s NFL draftees and rookie free agent signees

It took three long days, but the NFL Draft is over. Now comes subsequent undrafted rookie free agent signing period where shattered draft day dreams can become the fuel used to start a new journey to football glory. West Michigan was well represented this week, highlighted by Plainwell’s Jack Conklin, a 6’6″, 325-pound tackle from Michigan State, who was […]

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GR’s Top 10: #5 Drew Neitzel

#5: Drew Neitzel Wyoming Park 6′2 G Drew Neitzel graduated from Wyoming Park HS in 2004 as the All-Time leading scorer (2,462) and in assists (692). He was named Mr. Basketball in Michigan, Class B Player of the Year and named to the Parade All-American 4th Team following his senior season. He would go on […]

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GR’s Top 10: #9 Lee Lafayette

#9 Lee Lafayette, GR South High Lee Lafayette was born in Pointe Coupee, Louisianna but played basketball in Grand Rapids at South High in the mid-60’s. “The Tree” was a 6-6 forward/center with guard-like skills who led South High to a 25-3 record and two City League championships before graduating in 1965. He was named […]