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Adding Saddi Washington to Michigan State’s basketball team was a brilliant move

Michigan State Basketball knew there was a spot on its coaching staff for the 2024-25 season when former head assistant Mark Montgomery took the Detroit Mercy job in the offseason.

So the Spartans have been searching and have now found their man. MSU has officially announced that they are hiring Saddi Washington as an assistant coach.

Tom Izzo commented on Washington's addition in an official statement from the university.

“Saddi is not only a genuine and genuine person, but he is an incredible coach who has had a great career and worked for some great people, from my good friend Greg Kampe in Oakland to his last eight years at Michigan, under John Beilein and Juwan Howard,” Izzo said. “He is an outstanding teacher with a great basketball IQ and has been recognized as a great recruiter, in and out of Michigan.”

Washington was the perfect choice and candidate because of his expertise. He was on Michigan's coaching staff for the last eight seasons under John Beilein and was one of the better players to stay on the coaching staff under Juwan Howard when that era turned sour.

After Howard's departure, Washington lost his job. But where better to look than in a place where he had spent a lot of time as a child?

Washington is the son of the late Stan Washington, who scored over 1,000 points for the Spartans between 1963 and 1966. Green and white are in his blood, so it was only natural for Izzo to bring him home.

Saddi brings the ability to coach wings and big players, and his skills as a defensive coach were quite strong during his time with the Wolverines.

He had a long journey, from player at Western Michigan to coach in Oakland before joining Michigan's staff in 2016.

One of his best moments was being instrumental in helping the Wolverines reach the national title game in 2018. That team was strong and Washington had his fingers all over the team, working with the likes of Moritz Wagner and Jon Teske, as well as many other NBA talents like Jordan Poole, Isaiah Livers and Duncan Robinson.

Coaches for the Spartans' big players were much needed this offseason as the frontcourt has struggled over the past four seasons. Seeing him work with Xavier Booker, Carson Cooper, Jaxson Kohler and Szymon Zapala will only help these guys.

Since Dwayne Stephens (WMU head coach) and Dane Fife left the Spartans, the post players have struggled to be consistently productive.

I think Washington can step in right away and help with that while also giving the Spartans a fresh face on the sideline. Not to mention what he will add to Izzo's already strong recruiting strategy.

Welcome home, Saddi. I'm sure your father is looking down on you with a big smile on his face.