June 26, 2009

Byrd's confidence soars at NBA Players Top 100 Camp

Michigan State commitment Russell Byrd has not had the type of summer that he had envisioned for himself when he decided to make the move from the AAU team he played with the summer before his junior year at Blackhawk Christian High School to the high profile Spiece Indy Heat program.

Byrd has had some big games this summer, but the struggles he has had playing alongside DeShaun Thomas, Marquis Teague and the rest of his Indy Heat teammates have led some to question whether Byrd was worthy of his national Top 100 ranking and whether or not the 6-foot-7 shooting guard had the skills necessary to thrive as a wing in Tom Izzo's basketball program.

Byrd has never lost belief in his own ability as a basketball player and according to the sweet-shooting wing from Ft. Wayne neither have the members of the Michigan State coaching staff.

After his performance at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp last week, Byrd played beyond his Rivals.com ranking of the No. 78 overall player in the Class of 2010.

"Playing well with and against guys that are ranked among the Top 100 in the nation gave me a lot of confidence," Byrd explained. "I think I earned some respect from a lot of the guys that I played with and I showed people that I belonged at the camp. I showed everybody that I could play."

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