Michigan State will be without one of its star guards in the team’s season-opener against Kentucky.
This afternoon, MSU head coach Tom Izzo told reporters in a press conference that senior guard Joshua Langford will be out until January – at the earliest – after re-aggravating a previous foot injury.
BREAKING: Tom Izzo says G Josh Langford is out indefinitely with foot problems. Re-evaluated in January.
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) October 22, 2019
A co-captain for the Spartans, Langford started in all 35 games during the 2017-18 season, where the 6-foot-5 guard averaged 11.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 27 minutes per contest. He was third overall on the team in minutes played, fourth in three-point field goals made (44), and second on the team in 3-point percentage (40.4%). He also ranked 13th in the Big Ten in 3-point percentage.
During the 2017-18 season, Langford scored in double figures 19 times, including three games with at least 20 points. He also led MSU in scoring on six separate occasions.
Last season, Langford played in 15 games before suffering the season-ending foot injury. Before then, the 6-foot-5 guard averaged 15 points and 3.6 rebounds in non-conference play.
This summer, the Michigan State standout was cleared to return to basketball activities, where he was expected to lead the Spartan backcourt alongside superstar guard Cassius Winston.
This weekend, Michigan State took on Gonzaga in a “secret scrimmage,” where Bulldogs defeated the Spartans 103-87 in the two 20-minute periods. With Langford out, Winston led the way with 20 points and seven assists, followed by sophomore wing Aaron Henry with 13 points (3-3 from three). Freshman guard Rocket Watts finished with 12 points, while junior forward Xavier Tillman added six points and 10 boards.
Needless to say, Langford’s absence will be a significant one for the No. 1-ranked Spartans to start the year, especially when they begin the season against Kentucky on November 5.