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3 Michigan State Basketball Players Make NABC Honors Court

A trio of Michigan State basketball players have been recognized for their classroom achievements by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

MSU Joey Hauser, Malik Hall and Steven Izzo have all been named to the NABC Honors Court, which includes athletes from all NCAA divisions and NAIA programs. Qualified athletes are juniors or seniors who held a GPA of at least 3.2 at the end of the 2021-22 school year and who have been attending their current school for at least one year.

A 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward from Stevens Point, Wis., Hauser made the court of honor for the second straight year. Hauser completed his bachelor’s degree last summer and posted a GPA of 3.353 in his master’s program in sports leadership and coaching this year. Hauser started 29 of the 35 games he played, averaging 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Hall, a rising senior, achieved a 3,447 GPA last year. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward is a communication specialist. Hall was one of two MSU captains last season when he played mostly off the bench. He finished averaging 8.9 points — fourth on the team last season and No. 1 among returning Spartans — and 4.6 rebounds per game.

The son of Hall of Fame head coach Tom Izzo, Steven Izzo graduated with a degree in advertising and earned a GPA of 3.447. He recorded a total of 8 minutes in eight games last season, recording a steal.

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