June 27, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - On Thursday evening, Draymond Green will realize his childhood dream when he hears his name called in the 2012 NBA Draft. The 2012 consensus First-Team All-American and Big Ten and Michigan State male athlete of the year closed his career as one of the most decorated and accomplished players in Spartan basketball history, and is now eager to begin the next step in his basketball career.
"This is the realization of a lifelong dream and I'm very excited," said Green. "The process has gotten a bit long, but overall I'm thankful and grateful for it because not a lot of guys actually get the opportunity to go through this process ... One thing that everybody tells me is to take it all in. You can't worry about what's going to happen on draft night, because at the end of the day, that's going to take care of itself. You can't decide what's going to happen, you just have to sit around and wait. So you just have to enjoy the process, compete and go hard.
"I'm definitely ready for the NBA. I think that's one of the things that staying four years at Michigan State has definitely helped me with and the man that Coach Izzo has helped me become. I'm definitely ready to make this jump. It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here. Everything that I've been through has helped prepare me for this process and this jump."
Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo is impressed with the work Green has put in, and believes great things are in store for him.
"The last few weeks I think Draymond's even gone up more (in the draft),"said MSU head coach Tom Izzo. "I think at one time he was a 25-32 (draft pick). But everyone I'm hearing now is that he's been good in the workouts and his character has been off the charts.
"Draymond has done what he could do to improve (his draft stock) - the senior year he's had, the workouts he's had, his character, his graduating from college. He's done all the things he needs to do and I like his chances."
The 2012 NBA Draft will be held at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. ESPN will televise the draft beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.