June 28, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Draymond Green was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the fifth pick of the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft. Green becomes the 13th Spartan drafted to play for Coach Tom Izzo and the 12th player selected since the 2000 NBA Draft.
"I knew it was a possibility when I went to Golden State and worked out," said Green. "I just felt the chemistry with the coaching staff and the front office. They seem like hard workers out there. So I was happy and shocked, and at the same time thankful.
"When I realized that I would still be sitting there (in the second round), I knew I would end up at a team with somebody who really wants me, and I couldn't ask for better ... I'm going to make the best of my situation. I just want to go in and help in any way I possibly can."
"One of the best things about being a coach is seeing your players realize their dreams," said Izzo. "I know Draymond wanted to be a first-round selection and I certainly believe he deserved to be one, but in some ways he almost wouldn't have it any other way. I guarantee that Draymond will continue to work hard and rise to the top. There is no doubt in my mind that he'll make Mark Jackson and the Golden State Warrior organization look very smart for selecting him."
Green joins Jamie Feick (1996-2nd round), Mateen Cleaves (2000-1st round), Morris Peterson (2000-1st round), Jason Richardson (2001-1st round), Zach Randolph (2001-1st round), Andre Hutson (2001-2nd round), Marcus Taylor (2002-2nd round), Erazem Lorbek (2005-2nd round), Shannon Brown (2006-1st round), Maurice Ager (2006-1st round), Paul Davis (2006-1st round) and Goran Suton (2009-2nd round) as NBA Draft picks under Izzo. All-time, Michigan State has had 56 players selected in the NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-7, 230-pound forward was named the Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year and the Michigan State George Alderton Male Athlete of the Year. He became MSU's first consensus first-team All-American since Cleaves did it in 1999, and just the fourth in school history, also joining Earvin "Magic" Johnson (1979) and Shawn Respert (1995). Green joins Scott Skiles (1986-Basketball Times) and Respert (1995-NABC and Sporting News) as the only Spartans to ever earn National Player of the Year honors. He earned First-Team All-America honors from the Associated Press, The Sporting News, United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the Wooden Award, CBSSports.com and the NABC. He also was named Big Ten Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten Tournament, and earned a spot on the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team.
The Saginaw, Mich., native led 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.
In addition to finishing his career as MSU's all-time leading rebounder (1,096),he ranked 17th in career scoring (1,517 points), second in career blocks (117), second in career steals (180) and tied for the career lead with 145 games played. He also finished just 27 assists shy of breaking into the Top 10. He joins Greg Kelser and Johnny Green as the only players in Michigan State history to record 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 points in their careers.
On the season, Green ranked third in the nation with 22 double-doubles and ninth in rebounding (10.6 rpg). He finished the year with seven games of at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, tying Ohio State's Evan Turner (2009-10) for the most by a player from a power six conference since 1996-97. He also became the first player from a power six conference to average 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists in a season since Tim Duncan accomplished the feat in 1996-97.