EAST LANSING, Mich. – Tickets are now on sale for the Michigan State Men’s Basketball Awards Banquet to be held on Monday, March 12 at the Holiday Inn South in Lansing. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling the Ralph Young Fund office at 517-432-4610.
Former Spartan Mike Longaker will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Longaker was a three-year letterwinner from 1978-80. He was known as the squad’s most inspirational player with his contagious enthusiasm and hustle. MSU head coach Jud Heathcote called him "one of the great, solid, super kids" he has coached. Joining the Spartan squad as a walk-on during his freshman campaign, he played in 52 games during his career. As one of Michigan State’s most physical defenders, he had the difficult chore of guarding Earvin Johnson in practice for two seasons, including MSU’s 1979 NCAA Championship team. In 1980, he received the MSU Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Service Award, while also winning the men’s basketball Sportsmanship Award in both 1979 & 1980. He earned an honorable mention spot on the Big Ten All-Academic Team.
A finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship, Longaker graduated from MSU with a nearly-perfect 3.95 grade-point average and attended medical school at Harvard where he graduated in the top 5% of his class in 1984. In 2003, he earned his M.B.A. from University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University in the inaugural class of their combined program. Dr. Longaker has split his professional career between stints in New York and California. He currently is a professor in the Department of Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center, while also serving as the director of the Children’s Surgical Research Lab at Stanford