WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. - College basketball crowns its winners, and losers, in March.
Tom Izzo has become famous for his success in the spring, and thus, loves that time of year.
The Michigan State head coach knows better than most how a team, a coach, and a fanbase begins to love spring: hard work in the sticky, sweltering hot months when everyone else is vacationing.
"My guys (have) been great. Right now we're having the best summer we've ever had," Izzo said Monday.
The Spartans head coach was in West Bloomfield for a charity golf outing hosted by former Detroit Lions tight end and NFL Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders.
Izzo said workouts officially begin in East Lansing next week, but he's been impressed by the progress his players have made since Duke ended Michigan State's season in March.
"More guys in the gym: ( Adreian) Payne has been good, (Gary) Harris is really getting a lot better, really, (Branden) Dawson I think has made big strides from what I hear."
Izzo and the Spartans faced a much different summer with the possibility of losing Payne and Harris to the NBA Draft. Both decided to stay, and have already led to a preseason much to the approval of their head coach.
Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli