Michigan State was a very young team led by four sophomores and a freshman. However, two juniors made an impact in 2018 and will need to improve heading into their senior seasons. Here are the grades for Kenny Goins and Matt McQuaid.
Matt McQuaid: B
If it weren’t for Xavier Tillman, McQuaid probably would’ve been the Spartans’ most improved player this season. He was a very streaky shooter throughout the season, averaging six points per game on 40 percent shooting from the field and 39 percent shooting from beyond the arc. McQuaid really didn’t need to score much for this team, thanks to Jaren Jackson and the four sophomores. McQuaid’s impact came on the defensive end, where he became arguably MSU’s best perimeter defender. Late in the season, Tom Izzo trusted McQuaid to guard some very quick and shifty guards and he looked good. Heading into his senior season, McQuaid will again be asked to play tough defense, but he will also be asked to increase his scoring average. MSU loses a lot of talent from last years team and McQuaid is a great shooter that, when hot, can take over a game.
Kenny Goins: B
Goins’ versatility was his greatest asset to the Spartans this season. He averaged 2.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in just under 14 minutes per game. He was at the back end of a loaded front court, but when he was on the court, he made an impact. He can guard multiple positions and is a pretty good rebounder, despite his lack of height. Goins will never be a go to scorer, but he showed improved range this year, and I think that will help the Spartans next season. He proved that he can knock down outside jump shots, as he hit a big three pointer against Iowa in early February. As he moves into his senior season, Goins will need to improve defensively and work on some low post moves. If he can improve in those areas, Goins could be a starter at the beginning of next year.