Valentine, Denzel Michigan St. 6'6" 210 PG SR. The undisputed floor-leader of the Spartans in 2016 was Denzel Valentine. He won Big Ten Player of the Year honors in a season where he averaged 19.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.6 assists per game. Valentine had two triple-doubles this season (games against Boston College, ad Kansas). I like Valentine's 6'6" size as it projects to the next level. He is a smart ball-player that dissects opposing defenses with his ability to read and react. As a Senior he posed a 2.84-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He is one of those players that is "all over the court". He has improved his three point shooting with each season, now converting at a 44% clip. He is a career 78% foul shooter. Valentine led the NCAA in box score plus/minus. While his athleticism is average at best, Valentine still projects as a potentially valuable starting NBA guard. His max. vert was tested at 32" (by comparison, T.J. McConnell was at 31.5" last year).  Defensively, Valentine's DEFRTG was better than the Michigan St. team DEFRTG. ...Valentine was brilliant as a Senior. I worry about his underwhelming athleticism but in the end, his skills and smarts win out. I like Valentine better than most seem to. 

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