Michigan State basketball: 5 questions the Spartans must answer in 2020

Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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3. Michigan State basketball: Is Joshua Langford returning?

One of the big reasons Michigan State basketball entered last season ranked atop the polls was the return of Joshua Langford. A senior guard, Langford’s absence really impacted Michigan State’s perimeter shooting in the previous year when the Spartans rallied to reach the Final Four.

There was a belief that Langford would be over the foot injury that wiped out the end of his junior season, restoring that perimeter shooting threat for the Spartans. That never happened as Langford aggravated the injury right before the season started, leaving Michigan State’s rotation in an uncertain state.

Langford never played a game for Michigan State as a senior and he was celebrated at the school’s Senior Day, leading to speculation he would leave the program. At the time it sounded as if Langford was going to go pro, but things may have taken a turn of late.

Izzo has indicated that Langford is now considering a return to school if his foot injury heals, which would be a huge boost for the Spartans. Langford would immediately step in as the leader of this team, filling a void that Winston left as he graduated.

This will all come down to how well Langford recovers from his foot injury. Langford will have a year of eligibility remaining if he wants it and a return would be a massive boost to Michigan State’s basketball roster.