Michigan State guard Joshua Langford (1) watches practice with Steven Izzo during their open practice at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)
Tom Izzo's son, Steven, has joined the Spartans as a walk-on freshman for the 2019-20 season, a program spokesperson confirmed on Friday.
He's listed on the team's newly released 2019-20 roster as a 5-foot-8, 150-pound guard from East Lansing and will wear number 13.
The younger Izzo played sparingly at Lansing Catholic High School, averaging less than five minutes per game as a senior, and isn't expected to be a significant on-court contributor for the Spartans.
But his presence will be welcomed by his father, who has often over the years lamented the amount of time away from his children required by his job. During last season, Tom Izzo commented multiple times that he looked forward to Steven joining the program in 2019-20 to allow the two to spend more time together.
The younger Izzo considered an off-court role with the program but opted over the summer to pursue a roster spot.
Izzo’s daughter, Raquel, worked in the men’s basketball office while she attended Michigan State.
Michigan State's other three newcomers are also listed on Michigan State's 2019-20 roster: Rocket Watts (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) will wear No. 2, Joey Hauser (6-foot-9, 220 pounds) will wear No. 20, Malik Hall (6-foot-7, 215 pounds) will wear No. 25 and Julius Marble (6-foot-8, 225 pounds) will wear No. 34.
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Among returning scholarship players, forward Marcus Bingham and guard Joshua Langford had the biggest weight changes between last year’s roster and this year’s roster. Bingham added 10 pounds and is now listed at 6-11, 225. Langford lost 10 and is now 6-5, 200 pounds.
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