November 14, 2007

Walton debuts as sixth starter, Lucas gets first start

EAST LANSING - During his previous 12 years at Michigan State, Spartan basketball coach Tom Izzo has had some great sixth men.

NBA standouts like Morris Peterson and former starters like Thomas Kelly and Kelvin Torbert have all be among the great Spartan sixth men of the past at Michigan State.

Tuesday's season-opener against Chicago State proved to be the coming-out-party for what is expected to be the next great Spartan sixth man, junior guard Travis Walton.

A starter in every game last year at point guard, Walton, a second-year team captain, came off the bench as the super-sub while heralded freshman Kalin Lucas took over as the starting point guard. Although Walton scored just 2 points and added 3 assists in 19 minutes of play, it was his defense and the intangibles that he brought to the court that has Izzo excited about the potential Walton brings to the sixth-man position.

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