Draymond Green Named NABC All-American
Senior forward is the first Spartan to be named a First-Team All-American by the NABC since Mateen Cleaves in 1999.
March 20, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior forward Draymond Green was named First-Team All-America by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Tuesday. Green is the first Spartan to be honored by the NABC since Jason Richardson in 2001 (3rd Team) and just the 12th 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 NABC include Charlie Bell (2001- 2nd team), Morris Peterson (2000-2nd Team), Mateen Cleaves (1998-3rd Team, 1999-1st Team; 2000-3rd), Shawn Respert (1995-1st Team), Steve Smith (1991-1st team), Scott Skiles (1986-4th Team), Sam Vincent (1985-2nd Team), Earvin "Magic" Johnson (1978-2nd Team, 1979-1st Team), Johnny Green (1958-2nd Team, 1959-2nd Team) and Julius McCoy (1956-3rd Team).
Green has also been named a First-Team All-American by The Sporting News, United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and CBSSports.com.
This past weekend, Green averaged 20.0 points and 12.5 rebounds while shooting 57 percent as the Spartans (29-7) defeated LIU-Brooklyn and Saint Louis to advance to the program's 10th Sweet 16 appearance in 15 years.
Green was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Big Ten Tournament after leading Michigan State 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 (5th), rebounding (1st) and assists (T-7th). He leads the Spartans in scoring (16.3 ppg), rebounding (10.5 rpg), steals (53), and 3-point field goals (51), while ranking second in assists (3.9 apg) and blocks (37). He's led MSU in rebounding in 30 of 36 games, including 16 of the 18 Big Ten contests.