Kenny Goins - Spartan Beast Is Doing All He Can And It's Working...

Kenny Goins - Spartan Beast Is Doing All He Can And It's Working...

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Kenny Goins - Spartan Beast Is Doing All He Can And It's Working...

Michigan State’s Kenny Goins is making the most of his final season as a Spartan. The former walk-on has put up numbers that aren’t just important for Tom Izzo – if he keeps it up, he’ll be playing basketball beyond his time in East Lansing.

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Has anyone stopped to think about how Kenny Goins and Kenny Willekes might have more in common than sharing the same first name?

Just like Willekes did for Mark Dantonio, Goins joined Tom Izzo’s program as a walk-on despite opportunities to play at other places where a scholarship would have been available to him.

Goins wanted to be a Spartan.

He worked his butt off from the moment he set foot on the Michigan State campus.

And early during his sophomore year, Izzo let Goins know that he had earned a scholarship.

Goins cried tears of joy.

He hasn’t looked back and is in the process of becoming yet another Spartan beast who knows how to do the dirty work under the boards, play tough defense in the low post, and provide whatever help may be necessary in all other areas.

Take a quick look at the numbers Goins has put up over the last few games:

82-78 overtime loss at Louisville:  

  • 29 minutes played.
  • 17 rebounds.
  • 17 rebounds.
  • 17 rebounds.
  • 2 assists
  • 1 block.
  • 17 rebounds.

78-67 win at Rutgers:

  • 25 minutes played.
  • 9 rebounds.
  • 1 assist.
  • 1 block.
  • 1 steal.
  • 3 points.

90-68 win over Iowa:

  • 30 minutes played.
  • 19 points.
  • 7 assists.
  • 2 steals.
  • 14 rebounds.

Goins has worn face masks and eyewear due to a broken nose and a gauged eye at various points of his time as a Spartan.

He’s a 5th year senior who looks like he knows he won’t have the chance to be a part of the program that’s been his home for much longer.

He’s started all nine games this season and the lineup would suffer without him in there.

He does everything.

On a team with as much depth as Izzo has had in years, it’s not a stretch to say that Goins is every bit as valuable of a contributor as the guys who will one day be playing in the NBA.

Which brings up the question, What about Goins in the NBA?

I’m no NBA scout – I practically wince and run away from any TV or phone or computer screen that has NBA “action” playing on it.

But Goins is big enough at 6’7″, 230 pounds to be a banger and a defender for someone at the next level, isn’t he?

He’s demonstrated the ability to hit a jumper from 15-feet along with being able to create shots for himself in the paint.

And he certainly has the work ethic to continue to improve every aspect of his game.

Why can’t this guy play at the next level?

For right now, however, Izzo and Goins are focused on one thing: playing with the focus, intensity, discipline, athleticism and speed necessary to win another Big Ten Championship – and more.

Kenny Goins has come a long way from the walk-on he was a handful of years ago.

Imagine what it would feel like for this guy to cut down some nets in a few months.

He’s doing all he can to help his team get into a position to make that come to fruition.

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