Tom Izzo has another important opening to fill on Michigan State basketball’s staff.
Video coordinator Drew Denisco left the Spartans on Tuesday to join Stan Heath as an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan. Denisco spent six seasons at MSU as a key analyst of game film of the Spartans and their opponents, helping Izzo and his assistants prepare for upcoming games.
Before arriving at MSU, Denisco spent three years as a video assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers under former Spartan team manager Dan Vincent. The native of Worthington, Ohio, also spent two seasons at Akron as a graduate manager and video coordinator and one season as a graduate manager at Cleveland State in 2009-10.
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Drew Denisco, right, and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo high-five players before the Nebraska game at Breslin Center in East Lansing, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. Eastern Michigan on Tuesday hired Denisco, who spent six seasons as Izzo’s video coordinator.
“Drew is a young upcoming assistant, who has spent time at the college level with Michigan State and in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Heath said in a statement. “His experience in video technology, scouting, and skill development will add tremendous value to our program.”
Heath, an EMU alum, was an assistant for Izzo from 1996-2001.
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Aside from Denisco’s old job, MSU also needs to replace assistant coach Dane Fife, who returned to his alma mater Indiana as an assistant under new coach Mike Woodson in April. Fife, a Clarkston native, spent 10 years with the Spartans. And former graduate manager and point guard Tum Tum Nairn last month accepted a head coaching position at Sunrise Christian, his prep school alma mater.
The NCAA’s dead period for recruiting, enforced since March 2020, ends June 1. MSU has two open scholarships for next season with both Foster Loyer and Rocket Watts still in the transfer portal and no recruits for its 2022 class after decommitments from Emoni Bates and Enoch Boakye.
Heath also hired EMU alum Bob Simon, a 25-year coaching veteran who spent the past two seasons at Siena College, and Shawn Trice. A Detroit native, Trice was an assistant at Colgate last season and spent 13 seasons before that at Temple.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State basketball: Video coordinator Drew Denisco lands at EMU