Michigan State’s Aaron Henry named to preseason All-Big Ten team


Aaron Henry prepares for the 2020-21 College Basketball season/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Luke Sloan, Sports Director

EAST LANSING – Michigan State junior forward Aaron Henry was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team on Monday, becoming one of 10 players across the conference to receive the honor.

Henry started 29 of 30 games last season, averaging 10 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He scored a career-high 18 points against Virginia Tech in the Maui Jim Invitational and reached double figures in scoring 16 times last season. 

The 6-foot-6 forward submitted his name for consideration in the 2020 NBA Draft in April, but decided to return to the Spartans in August.

Aaron Henry (Photo: Ian Gilmour / WDBM)

The Spartans won a share of the Big Ten regular season championship in Henry’s first two seasons, with the Indianapolis native averaging 7.8 points per game over that span. 

Henry has also been named to the Julius Erving Award preseason watch list, which honors the top small forward in college basketball. 

Joining Henry on the preseason All-Big Ten team is Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu of Illinois, Luka Garza and Joe Wieskamp of Iowa, Trayce Jackson-Davis of Indiana, Marcus Carr of Minnesota, Trevion Williams of Purdue, Geo Baker of Rutgers and Nate Reuvers of Wisconsin.

Garza was also selected as the preseason player of the year. 

Hoggard injury update

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo revealed Monday to CBS Sports that freshman A.J. Hoggard had meniscus surgery and has been out for about two weeks. Izzo does expect the 6-foot-3 guard to be ready for the start of the season.

The Spartans are still without a specific start date for the season, but the college basketball season is set to begin for all teams on Nov. 25.

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