Denzel Valentine makes his return, drops no-look pass vs. Penn State
Michigan State senior wing Denzel Valentine made his return to the floor on Sunday afternoon, coming off the bench in the Spartans' matchup with Penn State.
The National Player of the Year candidate had missed the previous four games recovering from minor surgery on his left knee.
Valentine was 0-for-5 from the field in the first half against the Nittany Lions, but the team's leading in assists was able to set up a pair of teammates for scores, including this no-look, over-the-shoulder pass to Gavin Schilling. That put the Spartans up 27-12.
Nice to have you back, Denzel Valentine. We've missed these kinds of plays. https://t.co/4CrcFNvG7u— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) January 10, 2016
Michigan State began the year 12-0 and moved up to No. 1 in the rankings before Valentine went down with his injury. Following an overtime scare from Kay Felder and Oakland, the Spartans dropped their first game in the Big Ten opener at Iowa.
The 6-foot-6 Valentine is averaging 18.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game, recording a pair of triple-doubles this season.