Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE
With Travis Trice out, freshman Denzel Valentine will get a chance to lead the Spartan offense against Kansas.
Michigan State Spartans point guard Travis Trice is unlikely to play on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic against Kansas. Freshman Denzel Valentine can expect extra playing time as a result, according to Diamond Leung.
Trice took a blow to the head in the season-opening loss to UConn and left the game. He continues to show concussion symptoms, and coach Tom Izzo has indicated that Trice will probably not play.
Valentine led his high school team to consecutive state championships, and he was solid in his college debut. in 24 minutes of action, Valentine scored four points and grabbed eight rebounds. He also had two turnovers.
Coach Izzo is certainly impressed with certain aspects of Valentine's game. He told the media, "He learns quickly. He has a great disposition about the game, and he understands the things he's got to do." Still, Izzo acknowledges that Valentine has a lot to learn.
Sophomore guard Brandan Kearney can also expect more playing time, though he is also recovering from an injury to his mouth.