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Nicholas Sanders, son of Barry Sanders, walks on at Michigan State

Nov 13, 2021; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA;  Barry Sanders acknowledges the Oklahoma State Cowboys crowd before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Boone Pickens Stadium. OSU won 63-17. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Nicholas Sanders, the son of Detroit Lions great Barry Sanders, will play basketball at Michigan State this season.

Sanders was included in Michigan State’s official 2022-23 roster online Friday. The walk-on freshman guard played high school basketball at Detroit Country Day and is listed at 5-foot-9, 170 pounds.

Sanders will wear No. 20 for the Spartans, the number his father wore and eventually had retired by the Lions.

The elder Sanders visited the Spartans as a guest speaker for coach Tom Izzo earlier this summer.

Barry Sanders’ oldest son, Barry J. Sanders, followed his Hall of Fame father’s football footsteps and played running back at Stanford from 2012-15 and Oklahoma State, his father’s alma mater, in 2016.

–Field Level Media