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Tori Jankoska adds honors

Michigan StateĀ  women’s basketball signee Tori Jankoska has reeled in the postseason accolades this week.

The Freeland High School senior was named Michigan’s Miss Basketball on Monday afternoon and has added a couple more awards this morning. Jankoska was named the Gatorade Michigan girls basketball player of the year today and also leads the Associated Press Class B All-State team as the player of the year.

“We’re really excited about Tori. She’s a special talent and she can play multiple positions for us,” MSU coach Suzy Merchant said during her weekly press conference Tuesday. “She’s a combination guard and she’s big enough where she can play the one, two, three.

“…We really need an outside scoring threat so I’ve been talking to her all season about her ability to shoot the basketball, come off ball screens and hit deep 3s. She can get to the paint. There’s just so many great things that she can do.”

Jankoska, who signed with the Spartans in November, becomes the third Spartan in the last four years to earn the Gatorade honors. Madison Williams won the award in 2010 and Jasmine Hines did in 2011.

Jankoska averaged 30.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.8 steals and 3.8 assists as a senior for Freeland.

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11 Responses to Tori Jankoska adds honors

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Coach Merchan is building a powerhouse brick by brick. Nice player the versatility is like adding a player and a half to the rotation.

  2. avatar SpartanGeoff71 says:

    Hey Brian, is she Suzy’s only recruit this year? I have to admit, I haven’t kept track. Thanks!

  3. avatar The Tanner says:

    Jankowski get award baby !!!

    The Suze bringin in the talent baby !!!

    The Tanner is on fire baby !!!

  4. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Maybe this is just me, BUT looking at they bracket they just flashed up with all the games listed, they only listed the TV coverage if it was BTN. Now, networks used to do that with the NFL and NBA, but now they know it is better if you are watch those leagues even if it’s not on their network. It’s also SERVING THE PUBLIC. Markie Silvermanl is just showing how petty Paris Hilton alums of any flavor really are, by only listing the btn. it’s not like it’s a secret where the other games will be televised. As Peter Griffin says, “that really grinds my gears!”

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Yeah Marine , Silverman wants you to watch his replays of the day games at night, instead of turning on a live game.

  5. avatar ken b says:

    Congrats to Tori! “That really grinds my gears” the way you always turn a positive story into your obsession with big brother!!!

  6. I have a question for you, Brian. I just noticed that Mariah Harris was ranked No. 44 overall by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report (per msuspartans.com). That’s saying something! Do you know why (with such a short bench we have) she scarcely plays more than a walk-on?

    • avatar Brian Calloway says:

      I don’t think they felt comfortable with her in a bigger role – especially from a defensive standpoint which is what Merchant stresses. She had opportunities earlier in the preseason to earn a chance to see more time but didn’t really run away with it. She did look impressive and showed a few things when she played in a blowout win over Indiana last month. But I’m guessing she could be like a Pickrel and become more of a contributor in later half of her career,

      • Thanks, Brian. I guess I’m used to Izzo’s philosophy of using a lot of players even if they’re not polished yet, partly to spell the starters, and maybe also to provide them with game experience. It’s just with that kind of ranking and such a short bench it’s kind of disappointing that she sees so little floor time. I would think that a male player with that kind of ranking would be potential NBA material.

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