The week ended and the area's top two high school football stars from last fall go into the week end without their college plans completed. Issac Harper, East Lansing's great running back, still has some academic issues to get past, but for sure Western Michigan, which had been courting him, is out of the picture. Harper also will not end up at Michigan State, which looked at him closely last fall. Harper broke former East Lansing running back Randy Kinder's area career rushing record last fall, ending up with more than 2,500 yards gained on the ground in his career. DeWitt quarterback Dan Van Dreumel, might still yet play at a division two or three school, or he may give up athletics entirely and enroll at a division one school. Van Dreumel's 38 touchdown passes last season broke the state's single season year record.
No guarantee that Michigan State's women's basketball team will make the NCAA tournament. The Spartans are 13-11 and 5-7 in the Big Ten with six tough games remaining. The three road games, Purdue, Ohio State and Penn State, will all be very difficult to win. The loss of veteran scorer Aisha Jefferson in the pre season apparently has been too much to overcome, because this team has too many young players and sophomore Allyssa DeHaan has had some good moments, but not enough apparently to overcome her team's other deficiencies.
I think in some ways it's too bad Tom Izzo's team hosts Northwestern on Saturday. He's been on them in practice this week to play better since the loss last Saturday at Penn State. Maybe it would have been better had the Spartans played a contender, like they'll do twice on the road next week, at Purdue and Indiana. State can beat Northwestern without its best effort. The Wildcats have not won in East Lansing since 1984 and they've lost ten straight in this series, 37 of the last 39. MSU won 78-62 at Evanston back on January 24th. The Spartans got a bad break Thursday night when Illinois' Shawn Pruitt bricked two free throws with two seconds left in the first overtime, enabling Indiana to escape with an 83-79 double overtime victory. The Spartans still have five tough road games to play, including Illinois.