March 26, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior forward Draymond Green was named to the Associated Press' All-America Team Monday. Green is just the fourth Spartan to be a first-team selection, joining Mateen Cleaves (1999), Shawn Respert (1995), and Earvin "Magic" Johnson (1979).
"It's an honor because those are the guys who I looked up to, paved the way for me, starting with Magic and going to Respert and Cleaves," Green said. "Those guys, every time I walk into the gym I see their names up in the rafters and that's a goal that everyone has who's playing. Just being mentioned in the same sentence with those guys means a lot. All of them are winners, all of them are great players and all of them are successful and great people."
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.
Green has also been named a First-Team All-American by The Sporting News, United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the Wooden Award, 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.