A nine-year veteran on the Spartans' bench and a four-year letterwinner on the court, Michigan State's Dwayne Stephens has officially been promoted to associate head coach heading into this fall's college basketball season.â†µ
Stephens will become the sixth associate under Tom Izzo, as all five predecessors have gone on to take the reigns at their own Division I program after leaving East Lansing. It is assumed that it will only be a matter of time before the D-1 offers start flooding in for Stephens' services much like they did for Mark Montgomery, Jim Boylen, Doug Wojcik, Brian Gregory and Tom Crean in past years.â†µ
Although he specialized mainly in low-post play over the last few season, Izzo is fully confident that his new No. 2 is more than equipped for the task at hand. "When a decorated player like Draymond Green credits much of his development to Coach Stephens, that's the ultimate compliment a coach can receive," Izzo said. "There is no doubt in my mind that he has positioned himself to be the next MSU assistant coach to run his own program."