This could go to a number of different players on Michigan State, but I am going with Keith Appling.
Appling led the team in scoring last season with 13.4 points per game. He also had 3.4 rebounds per game and 3.3 assists per game. He improved his shot from behind the arc quite a bit, going from a 25 percent shooter to a 32 percent shooter.
Gary Harris could very well be the most talented player on the team. He had a big freshman year, scoring 12.9 points per game. However, Appling is the point guard, which is arguably the most important position on the court.
This Spartans team is stacked. It has a solid frontcourt that does not necessarily rely on one player and it also has a great backcourt to go along with it. As a result of these two things, Michigan State could earn a top five ranking to start off the season.
However, Appling needs to take that next step and really lead this team. He is a very talented player and could lead the team in scoring once again.
Michigan State is a very good defensive team and Appling’s 1.3 steals per game helps towards that.
We could see Harris going off this season and if he is able to score 15+ points per game, he could be the most important player on the team, but until that happens Appling takes that role.