MSU basketball: No Magic, alumni game rosters released

It’s been confirmed that Magic Johnson won’t be able to make Friday’s alumni game, but there will be plenty of star power in the MSU men’s basketball alumni game at Jenison Field House.

Here is the AWAY team roster, to be coached by Gus Ganakas:

Jason Aerts
Al Anagonye
Daimon Beathea
Bill Cawood
Ron Charles
Isaiah Dahlman
Terry Donnelly
Patrick Ford
Anthony Ianni
Darryl Johnson
Rick Kaye
Steve Kirkpatrick
Anthony Miller
Andy Penick
Mike Peplowski
Scott Sekal
Kevin Smith
Steve Smith
Matt Steigenga
Dwayne Stephens
Ralph Walker
Travis Walton
Ray Weathers
Kris Weshinskey
Kevin Willis
Edgar Wilson

And the HOME team, to be coached by Mark Dantonio:

Jason Andreas
Charlie Bell
Tim Bograkos, Jr.
Tim Bograkos, Sr.
Steve Cherry
Mateen Cleaves
Jon Garavaglia
Gerald Gilkie
Anthony Hamo
David Hart
Andre Hutson
Idong Ibok
Mat Ishbia
Morris Peterson
Andre Rison
Delco Rowley
Antonio Smith
David Thomas
Austin Thornton
Kelvin Torbert
Brian Westrick
Benny White
DuJuan Wiley
Adam Wolfe
Todd Wolfe
Jon Zulauf

The men’s and women’s teams got their first practice time in Jenison this afternoon. It’s very loud in here, even without fans and only one team practicing at a time.

The stage is set up at the north end for the Commodores concert as well. Mark Hollis confirmed to me that he did try to reunite them with Lionel Richie – a Tuskegee native and graduate of the Institute – but the singer’s schedule has him wrapping up a tour in the UK this weekend.

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51 Responses to MSU basketball: No Magic, alumni game rosters released

  1. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Let’s just hope that these guys get through the practice and game without hurting themselves too badly. When you get to a certain age, your mind do wrote checks your body can’t cash sometimes.

    And, hey, when POTUS says drop by, you best be dropping by or the IRS might be calling.

  2. avatar Lancelot_Spartan says:

    The home team seems stacked.

  3. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    What exactly is going on with POTUS & Magic? Is there a multi-person ceremony from which it would be awkward for Johnson to duck? If not, Obama (through Johnson’s decision) might create the appearance to some niches that he’s somehow more important than desegregation milestones and folks from Tuskegee. Not something most folks would’ve ever predicted.

    (A one-on-one, by itself, should be easy enough to reschedule.)

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      ya don’t wanna miss the Red Tails!

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      You don’t want to know the answer to that question.

      Go green

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      Hard to know. None of us are in his moccasins.

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      It’s nothing at all, of course, if Magic can get to Jenison by 7 P.M. on Saturday.

    • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

      POTUS wants to know exactly how high he can raise the income tax on the 1 per cent.

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      White House Xmas party. Again, no big deal if he can make Loyola-Mississipi State. Just perplexing that he was slated to coach tonight. Was he appointed coach without his specific approval? Is he breaking a promise to coach? Stuck between two promises? I’d think he’d have an assistant to help prevent non-emergency conflicts like this; it just seems strange.

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Don’t ask questions that you do not want to know the answer to.

        Go Green

        • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

          I expect no answers–and the whole thing’s trivial given the emerging tenor of social disruption for the near term.

          Nonetheless, don’t presume to tell me what I want or don’t want to know.

          Go White

          • avatar Spartan 81 says:

            89 I meant no offense just trying to protect you from being disillusioned that is all. If he makes it hear tomorrow night it is a moot point.

      • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

        [I just found out that the Loyola-Mississippi State game is in Chicago. '89 Chemistry regrets the error.]

  4. avatar Breadtruck86 says:

    Don’t pull a hamstring, men.

    Hold on to your wallet, SILA.

  5. avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

    Where’s that fool marky mark? scum’s volleyball team lost so of course the idiot didn’t show up, standard

    • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

      Silvertool didn’t pay him his Benjamin last week.

    • avatar marky mark says:

      I got your idiot punk!!!! The girls did an awesome job final four nothing to be ashamed of.

      • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

        oh there’s the scaredy cat ! yeah and MSU lost by 2 at the big outhouse but you keep saying how much better scUM is than MSU, you are such a hypocrite, standard scUM fan. hope you didn’t have to work too hard on black friday at Walmart, heard it was super busy….

        • avatar GoSt8Go says:

          I gave you your chance…

        • avatar Tru Ghost of Bo says:

          With both, Penn State and my beloved m volleyball
          teams being eliminated, It just shows how VASTLY over rated these 2 teams were. Such a shame, that once, again. My m just can’t hang. As m enthusiasts, we can cheer loud and proud, WE REIGN SUPREME AT BEING, #2, or 3, or something much less than that.

        • avatar marky mark says:

          Get over it Moou’s football season has been over since september.

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            Hey GoldGirl, I noticed you defended your post to everyone, but me. I feel hurt, left out, and saddened that you don’t luv me any more.

          • avatar Tru Ghost of Bo says:

            Yes, I feel your pain and understand you being unable to acknowledge that the Penn State Volley Ball team was rated #1. Being the m person that you are and unable to see reality. The misguided difficulty you have in accepting defeat. But do not take it out on the m volley ball team and accuse them of being less than rank. Yes it’s true they stink, but they aren’t quite rank.
            Chin up there m person, we will work thru this.

          • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

            Way to ignore facts again, kid. MSU actually did win games in October and November–including the one against the Big Ten Champ for the third year in a row. (When’s the last time your beloved football team was a B1G Champ–or beat a B1G Champ?)

            And it still isn’t over. Among B1G teams, the Spartans and Northwestern are two-point underdogs. The other five B1G bowl teams aren’t considered as competitive.

            Win or lose, it ain’t over until it’s over. Check back again December 30.

          • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

            yeah and wasn’t scUM supposed to win the big ten and go to the Rose? overrated again, you scUM fans are used to that though

          • avatar marky mark says:

            Big ten champs at 4-4 what a joke. I checked it for you, the last time UM won an outright bigten title was 2003, msu 87. What’s the spread on the Iowa game?

          • avatar marky mark says:

            P4RB lmao. I think your talking about MOO U, they were supposed to go to the national championship.

          • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

            Wait scUM is the team who gets all these supposed prized recruits, yet they’ve lost 4 of their last 5 to MSU and haven’t won a big ten title in 13 years. yep I would say scUM fans should definitely be more disappointed, but keep living in the past, it’s all you’ve got, the future is ugly, get ready to keep losing to MSU and OSU, Hoke will be fired in 3 years, and scUM lost 2 of their last 3 to Iowa so not sure what you point is with Iowa

          • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

            scUM should say scum hasn’t won a big ten title in last 10 years, no edit button on this damn blog

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        What’s an idiot punk? Not sure who or what that is, but then when you have a janitor being manipulated by an egomaniacal narcissist for chump change; maybe that’s the definition of an idiot punk.

  6. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    Question Chris, do you think Ganakas will play Zeke?

  7. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    Will be interested to see Hutson. Always thought he was the Terri Donnelly of the 2000 team. Ice when you had to have it.

    • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

      Donnelly with a few more inches. He was a very underrated athlete. One of multiple HS quarterbacks on that team. Find it hard to visualize a HS QB that big. Van Pelt was only 6’5″. Kind of like seeing L’Veon Bell as a point guard. Can you imagine that freight train coming at you on the fast break?

      • avatar GoSt8Go says:

        That would make a dooky think twice before taking the Flop. THINGS WE’D LIKE TO SEE: Coach K going non-linear as Plumlee refuses to flop. Plumee grimaces and replies: “you first, coach”

  8. avatar Spartydoobydoo says:

    Rob Parker is up to his old shenanigans:


    What an ignorant fool this guy is….don’t understand how he got a job with ESPN after the numbskull things he said while at the Detroit News…..oh wait, it is ESPN!!

    • avatar MayoSpartan says:

      That takes the cake.

      If you read the links, the links to the Washington papers state RGlll’s personality is engaging and accepted in all communities. And, Parker still has a problem with him?

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        Any organization that has christine brennen as a “Sports Columnist” cannot be taken seriously (UnSAT). It’s like saying that everything on the internet is true. Those are both non-sequitar items.

  9. avatar jerseyjohn says:

    i am now watching the PA state title game..will give you scouting report on damian terry later..

  10. avatar jerseyjohn says:

    cathedral prep is a 2 man team..and both men are future spartans..up 24-7 at half..

  11. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Chris, can you pick up the tweet from Earvin apologizing to MSU for missing the game and run it on your sidebar


  12. avatar jerseyjohn says:

    i have seen the future of spartan football and its name is damian terry..cathedral prep state champs 24-14..terry and williams men among boys..williams fumbled once but made up for it on defense..he never left the field..offense, defense, and returns..terry is a beast with a rocket arm.. 309 yards passing 2 TD’s 69 yards rushing..maxwell can rest on the bench.

  13. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    Apparently these alumni didn’t get the memo about Big Ten defensive basketball.
    Sounds like it was a blast!

  14. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    So with the score by both teams 100+, do the attendees get 2 free tacos?

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