Michigan State has a pair of players who were 2-sport athletes this winter and spring in wide receiver Keon Coleman and tight end Maliq Carr, who joined the men’s basketball team this past season.

Coleman said it was “a good experience” joining the basketball team with Carr to have someone to go through it together, and Coleman added that joining the basketball team “was exactly what I imagined,” but it was still a transition.

“If it wasn’t me physically getting here, it was the mental side of going through the playbook,” Coleman said.


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Coleman last season had 7 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown, and in basketball, Coleman appeared in 6 basketball games and scored 5 points. Both of his receptions (11 yards and 9 yards) went for first downs in the win over Pitt in the Peach Bowl. His first touchdown catch of his Spartan career came at Ohio State on a 12-yard catch

Carr appeared in 1 basketball game. Carr made 8 catches for 135 yards.

Coleman said his basketball future does somewhat depend on how this fall in football goes for him.

“I mean, I wouldn’t mind being a part of the team again next year,” he said.

About the love from Spartan fans, “I do feel the love in East Lansing. They believe in me as an athlete, coming to play for their school. I won’t let ’em down.”

H/T Chris Solari.