Spartans' Denzel Valentine out two to three weeks following knee surgery

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Michigan State will be without its best player for the next two to three weeks.

Tom Izzo announced Monday that Denzel Valentine will miss the next several weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery Monday morning.

Valentine injured himself while attempting a layup during practice on Sunday. Izzo does not believe that the injury will have long-term effects.

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Valentine is having a sensational senior season and is viewed by many as a candidate for national player of the year awards. He leads the Big Ten with 7.1 assists per game, ranks second in the Big Ten averaging 18.5 points a game and third in the conference with 8.3 rebounds a game. He's second in the league with 36 made 3-pointers. He's recorded a pair of triple-doubles this season, scoring 29 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and handing out 12 assists in a win over Kansas and scoring 29 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and handing out 10 assists in a win over Boston College.

Michigan State is the No. 1 team in the country and has one non-conference game remaining Tuesday against Oakland before beginning Big Ten play against Iowa on Dec. 29.

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