Foster Loyer’s Michigan State career may not begin for another few months, but the star point guard has already made himself feel right at home at the Breslin Center over the past two years.
In four career games at the Breslin Center, Loyer has scored 143 points and led Clarkston to back-to-backstate championships. Just a couple of weeks ago, Loyer scored 42 points in a semifinal win over Warren De La Salle and 40 points in a win over Holland West Ottawa in the Class A Final.
Loyer leaves Clarkston as the school’s all-time leading scorer after breaking the school record, previously held by current Michigan State assistant Dane Fife, in the Class A Final and also won the 2018 Mr. Basketball Award.
But with his high school career officially in the books, Loyer said he’s going to enjoy his final months of high school, but admitted he’s already excited to get to work at Michigan State.
“I’m ready to get to East Lansing,” he said. “I’m going to enjoy my last couple of weeks here in high school at Clarkston. I’m going to enjoy being with my friends, we’re going on spring break next week, but I’m definitely ready to get to East Lansing and start working.”
One week after leading Clarkston to the state championship, Loyer participated in a national 3-point shooting contest where he finished in third place.
Since committing to the Spartans back in November of 2016, Loyer has developed a strong relationship with Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo and said that he a big reason why he was drawn to Michigan State was Izzo’s competitive nature.
“I think coach Izzo is such a fierce competitor, I think that’s one of the first things that sticks out,” he said. “He does what he has to do to bring out the fierce competitor in yourself and that fierceness and that intensity is something that attracted me to him and his program. But I think he cares, truly, about the person you are on and off of the basketball court and he’s going to do whatever he can to make sure that he’s building the best person out of you.”
After an illustrious high school career where he set several school and state records, legendary Clarkston head coach Dan Fife said that the Spartans are getting a smart, instinctive and hard working point guard who will only get better during his time in East Lansing.
“He has such a passion for the game,” he said. “His basketball IQ is off the charts, he won’t have to score 26 points or 27 points per game to be a factor out on the floor. He’s great away from the ball on defense, he sees the ball ahead of time. Offensively, it’ll be a transition for him to figure out the strength and length of those kids to create space to get shots, but that young man, if he has a hard time at this, he’s going to start doing this. He’s starting to work on his left hand now, not for outside shooting, but for getting to the rim, he’s worked on it all year with his left hand. So if he goes in with his right hand, he can go to his left hand to still finish at the basket, which is hard to do. Anything that he feels is a weakness, he’s going to stay in the gym continually, he won’t stop and he will continue to work on it all year.”
In his four years as the starting point guard for Clarkston, Loyer led the Wolves to a 97-6 record to go along with their two state titles, the first and only basketball championships in school history.
When Loyer arrives in East Lansing, he will immediately join a backcourt that features another former Michigan Mr. Basketball in Cassius Winston, who won the award in 2016 when he played for Detroit U-D Jesuit.
Loyer said that he’s looking forward to having the opportunity to learn from and play alongside Winston and feels that both point guards can help make one another better over time.
“That’s something I’m looking forward to, getting up there, playing with him as well as against him,” he said. “We’re going to make each other better and every day at practice, it’s going to be a battle and it’s something that I look forward to.”
Looking ahead to his collegiate career, Loyer heads to East Lansing with high expectations, which is something he said he embraces and believes he can live up to those expectations thanks to his work ethic.
“I would like to agree with you, it’s going to take a lot, we’re not even close to there yet,” he said. “But I think if I can keep progressing and I keep putting in the hard work that I am, I think there’s a chance for anything.”
Fife echoed what his star point guard had to say and added that through the time and work he’s seen Loyer put in he knows he has what it takes to potentially become one of the best to put on a Spartan uniform.
“I’ve told so many people that this isn’t rocket science, why this kid is the way he is today,” he said. “It’s because of his work ethic and his commitment to be the best that he can be. He’s one of those kids - I tell kids when you go in the gym because you want to be in there all of the time, when it’s in your heart, then I know you are.”
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