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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Valentine's little brother picks MSU

Multiple sources are reporting that sophomore Drew Valentine's younger brother, Denzel, has given a verbal commitment to Michigan State. Denzel Valentine reportedly had been courted by Oakland, but was reported to say had MSU coach Tom Izzo left for the Cleveland Cavaliers' coaching vacancy (remember, that was the first time Dan Gilbert got burned this summer), he might have committed to Michigan or Georgetown instead.
Denzel Valentine is just a junior at Lansing Sexton, the same school as his older brother and Oakland assistant Saddi Washington. Sexton coach Carlton Valentine, the boys' father, was an MSU basketball standout in the mid-1980s and later played professionally in Sweden.
Denzel Valentine was an all-state honorable mention, leading the Big Reds to the Class B state finals last season. He is expected to make his intentions formal during the fall signing period, according to the Lansing State Journal.

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