March 26, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior forward Draymond Green was named to the 10-member Wooden Award All-America Team Monday. Green is the first Spartan to be honored by the Wooden Award since Charlie Bell in 2001, and just the eighth in school history.
Green is joined on the 10-member team by Murray State's Isaiah Canaan, Marquette's Jae Crowder, Kentucky's Anthony Davis, Missouri's Marcus Denmon, West Virginia's Kevin Jones, Creighton's Doug McDermott, Kansas' Thomas Robinson, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and North Carolina's Tyler Zeller.
Besides Bell, other Spartans honored by the Wooden Award include Morris Peterson (2000), Mateen Cleaves (1999, 2000), Shawn Respert (1995), Steve Smith (1990, 1991), Earvin "Magic" Johnson (1979), and Greg Kelser (1979).
The John R. Wooden Award winner will be announced Saturday, March 31st on ESPN at the Final Four in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 36th annual Wooden Award Gala will take place on Friday, April 6, 2012, and will honor the men's and women's winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching winner Geno Auriemma of Connecticut.
Green has also been named a First-Team All-American by The Associated Press, The Sporting News, United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), CBSSports.com and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Green finished his career as MSU's all-time leading rebounder (1,096), while ranking 17th in career scoring (1,517 points), second in career blocks (117) and second in career steals (180). He also finished just 27 assists shy of breaking into the Top 10.
This past weekend, Green closed out his Spartan career with a 13-point, 16-rebound effort vs. Louisville in the Sweet 16. He was named to the West Regional All-Tournament Team, averaging 17.7 points, 13. 7 rebounds and 6.0 assists in three NCAA Tournament games.
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 (8th). He leads the Spartans in scoring (16.2 ppg), rebounding (10.6 rpg), steals (54), and 3-point field goals (52), while ranking second in assists (3.8 apg) and blocks (36). On the season, he led MSU in rebounding in 31 of 37 games, including 16 of the 18 Big Ten contests.