Michigan State basketball has a rich history, and Denzel Valentine is doing everything in his power to will the Spartans to victories these days. He had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 dimes in Michigan State’s win over Kansas on Tuesday night, and it was one of the greatest performances we’ve seen from a Spartan player in recent memory.

That’s saying something. Valentine’s dazzling night caught two legendary Spartans’ eyes: Magic Johnson and Draymond Green. Each took to Twitter to congratulate the senior on his heroics at the United Center.

Johnson also called Valentine following the game to offer his congratulations.

"He congratulated me and asked me what my favorite part of the triple-double was," Valentine said.

His answer was fitting.

"Assists," Valentine laughed. "It was Magic. What else could I possibly say?"

Valentine’s triple double is just the 13th in program history. He’s the fourth Spartan ever to produce one, joining Johnson, Green and Charlie Bell in the Michigan State record books.

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Joe Boozell has been a college basketball writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FOXSports.com and NBA.com. Joe’s claim to fame since joining NCAA.com: he’s predicted the correct national championship game twice… and picked the wrong winner both times. Growing up, Joe squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene. You can imagine how that went.