Drew Naymick may not be Tom Izzo's best player ever but he is certainly among the smartest the MSU coach has ever had in the 13 years he's been the Spartans' head coach. Naymick considered using his finance degree to immediately go into business. But like every other college player, giving up the game competitively is tough to do.
The 6-10 Naymick was not chosen in the June NBA draft of course, but he has decided to sign a one year contract to play for a team in the Polish National League. Naymick hopes he'll play well so he can move up the hoops food chain. He stands as MSU's all time shot blocker with 134 and his 500 plus blocks at Muskegon High School are the most of anyone in the history of the State at the prep level.
As it is, his fellow MSU senior, Drew Neitzel, is hoping to make it in the NBA. He is spending his summer playing five games as a free agent in the Las Vegas NBA summer league for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Neitzel has played off the bench ini his team's first three games.
For what it's worth, Phil Steele's College Football Preview magazine is probably the best and most complete of them all each season. It is now on newsstands and it picks MSU to finish 7th in the Big Ten and face Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl. MSU coach Mark Dantonio will address the media with his colleagues Thursday in Chicago at the annual Big Ten pre season meetings.
If Tiger Woods is the number one golfer in the world, who is number two and number three? Let the arguments begin? Is it Kenny Perry or Padraig Harrington or whom? Obviously no one has stepped up to give Tiger a real challenge lately. Perry and Harrington will clearly be among the favorites when Oakland Hills Country Club hosts the final major of the year in a couple of weeks, the PGA championship. Who will be the Greg Norman story of that event? Harrington in my mind is clearly among the best in the world, but he isn't an obvious choice as a player who is ready to stand up and challenge Tiger either.