Former Michigan State All-American Draymond Green has been named to the 12-man U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team. Green becomes the third Spartan to represent Team USA at the Summer Olympics, joining Magic Johnson (1992) and Steve Smith (2000).
“Can’t wait for this experience,” Green posted on his Instagram account. “Honored to represent my country and bring home that gold medal. #USABMNT #UNITE.”
Joining Green on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title, are: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors/North Carolina); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls/Marquette); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings/Kentucky); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors/USC); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder/Texas); Paul George (Indiana Pacers/Fresno State); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers/Duke); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers/Texas A&M); Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors/Villanova); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors/Washington State).
This past season, Green earned Second-Team All-NBA and NBA All-Defensive first-team accolades as he averaged 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game. He earned his first All-Star appearance and became the first player in league history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocks in a season.
Green was a four-year letterwinner at Michigan State (2008-2012). As a senior, Green was a consensus First-Team All-American, while earning National Player of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Big Ten Player of the Year accolades.
The USA National Team will train July 18-21 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Americans' Las Vegas training concludes July 22 (6:00 p.m. PDT) with the USA Basketball Showcase presented By Verizon that features the USA facing Argentina at the T-Mobile Arena. Spartan alums Denzel Valentine and Gary Harris will be in Las Vegas as part of the 25-member USA Men’s Select Team that trains with the National Team.