Former MSU guard Foster Loyer transfers to Davidson


Foster Loyer attempts a free throw vs. Eastern Michigan in the 2020 season opener/ Photo Credit: Ian Gilmour/WDBM

Nathan Stearns, Sports Broadcast Director

EAST LANSING—After entering the transfer portal on April 19, former MSU guard Foster Loyer announced his intentions to transfer to Davidson on Thursday.

He is the third former Spartan to transfer to a new school after fellow guard Jack Hoiberg and forward Thomas Kithier. The departure of Hoiberg (UT-Arlington) and Kithier (Valparaiso), along with Loyer, free up two scholarship spots for head coach Tom Izzo.

The former Clarkston, Michigan, star originally joined the Spartans as part of the 2018 recruiting class. He led the Wolves to two consecutive state championships and received the Michigan Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award as a senior after averaging 27 points and seven assists a game. Loyer was also named an All-American and Academic All-American four times during his time at Clarkston.

Despite being offered by Purdue and Davidson out of high school, the four-star Loyer committed to MSU on Nov. 26, 2016. He also held offers from Toledo, St. Louis, DePaul and Oakland.

Loyer, who showed flashes of elite shooting ability during his time at MSU, appeared in 86 career games for the Spartans, including eight starts.  Over his three-year tenure, he averaged 2.6 points per game and 1.2 assists. The 2020-21 season saw Loyer average a career-high 4.2 points per game in 16.6 minutes of action, including a 20-point scoring outburst against Eastern Michigan in the season opener. He also scored 16 points and collected six assists against Western Michigan in 2019.

He originally entered the portal after the Spartans landed former Northeastern point guard Tyson Walker, the Colonial Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2020.

Walker, who started in 48 games at Northeastern and averaged 18.8 points per game as a sophomore, was set to push Loyer further out of the rotation, along with incoming four-star freshman guard Jaden Akins and AJ Hoggard.

Currently, the Spartans still have guard Rocket Watts in the portal. He initially entered the portal at the end of March.