Tom Izzo provides update on Jaden Akins’ rehabilitation progress

Tom Izzo does not yet expect Jaden Akins to return.

Jaden Akins is expected to be a factor for Michigan State’s roster entering the 2022 season, but when will he return to the field?

Izzo told reporters Thursday that Akins had no longer trained. According to the veteran coach, Akins must participate in “4-5 consecutive practices” before being allowed to play.

The Spartans open the season Nov. 7 at home against Northern Arizona.

Akins, a second-year guard from Farmington, has been recovering from surgery for a stress reaction in his left foot since Sept. 10. Currently he is out of his walking boot and seems to be headed in the right direction to go full speed ahead.

Izzo’s comments about practice reps jeopardize Akins’ status for the season opener. The Lumberjacks arrive at East Lansing in 11 days, and the Spartans appear to be moving forward with the intention of resting Akins until he is at full strength.

Last season, the lanky 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooter averaged 3.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.6 steals in 14.8 minutes per game. In 36 games, he shot 39.4% overall and 38% from 3-point range, finishing a plus-20 thanks to quick feet and hands on defense.

Michigan State will start the season unranked for only the 6th time in the Izzo era. Last season, the Spartans finished 23-13 overall and 11-9 in B1G.

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