March 12, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior forward Draymond Green was named First-Team All-America by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Monday. Green is the first Spartan to be honored by the USBWA since Jason Richardson in 2001 (2nd team) and just the eighth in program history.
Green is joined on the first team by Kentucky's Anthony Davis, Creighton's Doug McDermott, Kansas' Thomas Robinson and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger.
Besides Richardson, other Spartans honored by the USBWA include Morris Peterson (2000-1st Team), Mateen Cleaves (1998-1st Team, 1999-1st Team), Shawn Respert (1995-1st Team), Scott Skiles (1986-2nd Team), Earvin "Magic" Johnson (1979-1st Team) and Johnny Green (1959-1st Team).
Green was also named a First-Team All-American by The Sporting News last week.
Green was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Big Ten Tournament this past weekend after leading Michigan State (27-7) to its first conference tournament title since 2000. The Saginaw, Mich., native averaged 15.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in MSU's three victories over Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio State as the Spartans won their third Big Ten Tournament title in program history.
Green, who was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, is the only player to rank in the Top 10 in the Big Ten in scoring (T-5th), rebounding (1st) and assists (8th). He leads the Spartans in scoring (16.1 ppg), rebounding (10.4 rpg), steals (50), and 3-point field goals (47), while ranking second in assists (3.6 apg) and blocks (34). He's led MSU in rebounding in 28 of 34 games, including 16 of the 18 Big Ten contests.
Further demonstrating his versatility, Green leads the nation with six games of at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. He also paces the conference and ranks among the Top 10 nationally with 19 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.
Each of the USBWA first-team selections is among the Oscar Robertson Trophy finalists for National Player of the Year.
The National Player of the Year, as well as the Henry Iba Award, presented to the National Coach of the Year, will be announced next Monday, March 19. Both prestigious awards will be formally presented on Friday, March 30, at the 2012 USBWA College Basketball Awards Breakfast at the New Orleans Marriott in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four.