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.
Welcome to the Triple Dub club lil bro @denzelval45 wit a BIG triple double... My bet is he will finish with more than me!!! #EAT— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) November 18, 2015
Spartan Nation: Good win for @MSU_Basketball last night over Kansas 79-73 led by @denzelval45 triple double 29pts, 12ast and 12reb!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 18, 2015
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.