When a player can really shoot the basketball, fans just feel it.
It feels like poetry in motion. Catch, release, and nothing but nylon. Michigan State freshman Foster Loyer gives off that feeling.
In Michigan, Clarkston High School grew accustomed to that while the 6-foot Loyer led the Wolves to state championships in both his junior and senior season. Oh, and he outscored the opposing team, West Ottawa, 40-38 and looked good doing it.
Loyer’s list of achievements seems to go as deep as his range. Alongside his two state championships, he reached the 2,000-point milestone, as well as being named Michigan’s Mr. Basketball of 2018 and the Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year.
As impressive as these awards are, fans should be most excited that Loyer gets to go toe-to-toe with guards like Cassius Winston and Matt McQuaid everyday in practice. Even this summer, Winston and Loyer are already trading buckets at the Moneyball Pro-Am.
The skill of Loyer’s that is most valuable and will translate easiest is his shooting. The space that his deadly shot will provide the other four players on the court will be the straw to break the opposing defense’s back. Loyer’s vision as a passer should not be overlooked either.
Loyer’s deadeye shooting lead to him averaging 27 points per game in his senior season. His vision drove him to seven assists per game. When Loyer is leading a fast break this season, the defenders will have to choose between closing on his shot or his teammates’. Either way, the opposing coach will have his head down.
While the Spartans underachieved in the NCAA Tournament and lost four quality players, including Miles Bridges and Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr., it does not feel like Coach Tom Izzo’s squad will miss a beat come November. If this year’s freshmen class can prove their talent at the collegiate level, MSU will have at least 10-12 players that can impact the game.
With Loyer it seems to be not a question of if he can prove his talent, but when.