JAN. 29, 2017
The top 10 will be selected by a committee and announced at WinterFest on Jan. 27.
The Golden Grizzlies are two weeks out from the regular-season opener vs. Bowling Green.
Leadership is a difficult thing.
A stunning result versus Youngstown State.
Valentine recently finished his first season as a member of the Oakland coaching staff. He primarily worked with the guards and handled scouting and recruiting responsibilities.
Valentine became the youngest full-time assistant coach hired by Greg Kampe on July 1, 2015. Valentine returned to Oakland University after spending two years as a graduate manager at Michigan State. He will assist with all operations of the men's basketball program.
Valentine shined as a player at Oakland, becoming the all-time winningest player in school history. The Golden Grizzlies made consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament in 2010 and '11, and won 87 games during his four-year career. Valentine ended his career with 136 games played, second-most in school history.
While on the sidelines at MSU, Valentine was part of last year's NCAA Final Four Team and watched the Spartans post a 53-21 record. The Spartans tallied back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances.
Tom Izzo quote on Valentine
"Drew Valentine is one of the best up-and-coming coaches in the nation. The job he did as a graduate manager in two years at Michigan State was second to none. His passion, discipline and work ethic are special, but his ability to motivate players is as good as I have ever seen. He will be a great fit in Coach Kampe's system, one in which he excelled as a player. I look forward to watching him grow over the next few years as the latest member of the Spartan coaching tree."