October 16-17, 2012
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Wednesday Banquet Keynote
Wednesday Banquet Keynote
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Head Coach, Men's Basketball
Michigan State Spartans
Entering his 17th year directing the Spartan program, head coach Tom Izzo has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments, including the 2000 NCAA National Championship, six regular-season Big Ten Championships, two Big Ten Tournament titles, six Final Four appearances, four National Coach of the Year awards and a Big Ten-best 14 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. These accomplishments, however, are not what make Izzo one of the best in the game, but rather it is his insatiable desire to accomplish more.
These accomplishments, however, are not what make Izzo one of the best in the game, but rather it is his insatiable desire to accomplish more.
With a career record of 383-161, it's easy to see that Izzo knows how to win, but he also knows how to win the right way. In his 16 years directing the Spartan program, 81 percent of his players who completed their eligibility also left with a degree. In the last 12 years, 35 Spartans have received their undergraduate degrees.
In 16 seasons, Izzo has returned Michigan State to national prominence, placed his name in the NCAA record books and become a leader among college basketball coaches. Izzo's 383 wins are the sixth most by any coach in his first 16 seasons in the history of college basketball. In late November 2009, he passed his mentor Jud Heathcote (340 wins) to become MSU's all-time winningest coach. In the NCAA Tournament, Izzo is at his best, winning at a clip of .729 to rank sixth among all active coaches with at least 10 tournament games coached.
Izzo led MSU to six Final Four appearances between 1999 and 2010, becoming just the fourth school in college basketball history to do it in any 12-year span, including just the third since the tournament field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Izzo also became just the second coach in NCAA history to reach four Final Fours in his first 10 years of coaching, joining Ohio State's Fred Taylor, and is just the third coach in NCAA history to appear in six Final Fours in a 12-year span, and just the second since the tournament expanded to 64 teams. His six Final Four appearances rank tied for fifth all-time, third among active coaches and first all-time among Big Ten coaches, having most recently passed former Indiana head coach Bob Knight.
Through 16 seasons, Izzo is already one of the most successful coaches in Big Ten history. His .683 winning percentage in Big Ten games ranks fourth all-time among league coaches with at least 10 years of service. In all games, Izzo also ranks fourth (.704). With 183 conference victories, Izzo ranks sixth all-time. Furthermore, Izzo brings stability to Michigan State basketball. The 2011-12 season will be Izzo's 29th with the Spartans. He is the longest serving active Big Ten men's basketball head coach. He is also a leader among his peers, serving as the NABC President from April 2010-April 2011, while also serving on the John R. Wooden Award Board of Governors and the USA Basketball Collegiate Committee.
Over the past 14 seasons, Izzo has compiled an impressive 350-133 (.725) record. A quick look at other stats further demonstrates the Spartans' success over that stretch: 165-67 (.711) in the Big Ten; 197-20 (.908) at the Breslin Center, including a Big Ten record 53-game winning streak; 78-71 (.523) against Top 25 teams (including two wins over No. 1-ranked teams); 50-25 (.667) in postseason play and 35-13 (.729) in the NCAA Tournament.
Individually, players have excelled under Izzo. Six Spartans (Charlie Bell, Mateen Cleaves, Paul Davis, Drew Neitzel, Morris Peterson and Jason Richardson) have earned some form of All-America honors. Chris Hill was a three-time Academic All-American, while Neitzel also earned Academic All-America accolades. Twenty-three different players have earned all-conference recognition. One of the reasons for Izzo's success is his ability to recruit some of the nation's most talented high school players. During his time as head coach, Izzo has recruited nine McDonald's All-Americans (Mateen Cleaves - 1996, Jason Richardson - 1999, Zach Randolph - 2000, Marcus Taylor - 2000, Kelvin Torbert - 2001, Paul Davis - 2002, Shannon Brown and Brandon Cotton - 2003, Keith Appling - 2010, Branden Dawson - 2011). In addition, eight of the last 13 Michigan Mr. Basketball award winners suited up for the Green and White (1999 - Richardson, 2000 - Taylor, 2001 - Torbert, 2002 - Davis, 2004 - Drew Neitzel, 2009 - Derrick Nix, 2010 - Appling, 2011 - Dwaun Anderson), while Shannon Brown won the 2003 Illinois Mr. Basketball Award.
But perhaps even more important to Izzo's success is his ability to take young talent and develop a player's skills, allowing him to grow as a player and go on to play professionally. Since 2000, Michigan State has had 11 players selected in the NBA Draft, including six first rounders (Mateen Cleaves - 2000 first round, Morris Peterson - 2000 first round, Jason Richardson - 2001 first round, Zach Randolph - 2001 first round, Andre Hutson - 2001 second round, Marcus Taylor - 2002 second round, Erazem Lorbek - 2005 second round, Shannon Brown - 2006 first round, Maurice Ager - 2006 first round, Paul Davis - 2006 second round, Goran Suton - 2009 second round). Ager, Cleaves, Davis, Richardson, Randolph and Taylor were all high school All-Americans, but Izzo took Hutson, Peterson and Suton, who were not ranked in the top 75 coming out of high school, and turned them into NBA talent. In addition, Izzo-recruit Charlie Bell played in the NBA during the 2001-02 season after signing a free agent contract. After a successful stint overseas, Bell is in his seventh season back in the NBA. Alan Anderson, a member of the 2005 Final Four team, signed a free agent contract and played two years with the Charlotte Bobcats. Numerous other former Spartans have enjoyed lucrative professional careers playing overseas.