Green, Izzo Garner District Honors from USBWA
March 6, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior forward Draymond Green has been named the District V Player of the Year and head coach Tom Izzo has been named the Coach of the Year, the USBWA (United States Basketball Writers Association) announced Tuesday afternoon.
District V includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Earlier in the day, Green was named a First-Team All-American by the Sporting News, and he was named the Big Ten Player of the Year on Monday.
Green is the only player to rank in the Top 10 in the Big Ten in scoring (6th), rebounding (1st) and assists (9th). He leads the Spartans in scoring (16.2 ppg), rebounding (10.3 rpg), steals (47), and 3-point field goals (45), while ranking second in assists (3.5 apg) and blocks (28). He's led MSU in rebounding in 25 of 31 games, including 16 of the 18 Big Ten contests.
In five of the final 11 games of the season, Green led the Spartans in scoring, rebounding and assists. Further demonstrating his versatility, Green leads the nation with five games of at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. He paces the conference and ranks among the Top 10 nationally with 17 double-doubles. He's on track to become the first player from a power six conference to average 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists since Tim Duncan (Wake Forest) did it in 1997.
This marks the third time Izzo has landed accolades from the USBWA. He was named the USBWA National Coach of the Year in 1998 and was also named District V Coach of the Year in 2000.
On Monday, Izzo garnered Big Ten Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his career.
Izzo guided a team that was not ranked in the preseason Top 25 to a 13-5 conference record, capturing a share of the Big Ten title. For Izzo, it was the seventh Big Ten Championship of his career, ranking fifth all-time among league coaches. The Spartans entered the season with just two players who averaged more than 20 minutes per game in 2010-11.
After starting the season 0-2 with neutral site losses to No. 1 North Carolina and No. 6 Duke, Michigan State won 15 straight games to vault into the Top 10. MSU opened conference play with four wins, but dropped three of its next five. Standing at 6-3 in league play, Izzo guided the Spartans to seven straight conference wins to grab a share of the league title.
This year's Spartan squad has displayed the staples of all great Izzo teams: rebounding and defense. MSU leads the Big Ten in all games in rebound margin (+8.8) and field-goal percentage defense (.376).
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