EAST LANSING — In January of 2011, when former Michigan State point guard Korie Lucious was dismissed from the Spartans, it was due to an unspecified “violation of team rules.”
Now, three years later, the former MSU and Iowa State point guard, and new member of Rosa Radom of the Polish Basketball League, decided to share the full story with Travis Singleton of blackathlete.net on why he left the Spartan program.
“I was smoking, I don’t want to tell a lot of people that, but I was smoking a lot of weed at Michigan State,” Lucious said. “That’s the real reason I got kicked off the team, and I let my mom, family and friends down.”
While Lucious still respects the MSU program, the relationship between him and Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo was rocky due to his style of play.
“To be honest Michigan State was a great program I’m not taking anything from Coach Izzo or the team but that wasn’t the place for me to be,” Lucious said. “Coach Izzo, playing for him it wasn’t the yelling or anything, it was the fact he just didn’t respect my game. Coach Izzo used to always call me an ‘And 1’ player, like even if I dribbled in between my legs and he would just yell at me and say ‘This isn’t And 1 Streetball.’ I mean it was to the point I couldn’t shoot floaters or do nothing there man and he just put me in the position only to be a 3 point shooter and didn’t let me showcase my true talent.”
Lucious was primarily known as a three-point shooter during his time at MSU, however, his presence wouldn’t have helped the Spartans in their 78-76 loss to UCLA in their opening game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his dismissal, Lucious was only shooting 28 percent from beyond the arc while averaging 6.5 points per game. In his final five games as a Spartan, the 5-foot-11 guard was shooting 19 percent (6 of 31) from the field while clocking major minutes off the bench.
However, despite his suspect 2010-2011 campaign, it seemed that the then-sophomore from Milwaukee, Wis., was going to be the leader of the Spartans heading into the 2011-2012 season with the departure of point guard Kalin Lucas. The absence of both Lucas and Lucious the following year caused Keith Appling to make the move from shooting guard to point guard during his sophomore season, which is one of very few Izzo decisions that has continuously been questioned.
Lucious finished his senior year at Iowa State averaging 10.1 points per game and 5.6 assists per game.