Nov. 14, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
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Michigan State men's basketball head coach Tom Izzo announced Wednesday that three players have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Michigan State next fall and play for the 2008-09 Spartan basketball team.
The signees include Draymond Green (F, 6-7, 230, Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw), Korie Lucious (G, 5-10, 165, Milwaukee, Wis./St. Pius XI High School) and Delvon Roe (F, 6-8, 220, Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward High School).
"I am very excited about this class," said Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo. "You have three players that all have the potential to be Mr. Basketball in their respective states. In last year's class, we were looking for what our needs were. This year, we were not only looking to address our needs, but we were looking for some more basketball players.
"When you put these three together, you've got a guard and a couple of swing guys that can play two or three positions. I really believe that in this class we have guys who know how to play the game, and they're not one-dimensional players. We've now put together back-to-back recruiting classes with guys who can play the game and shoot the ball. They are guys that are going to take care of business on the court and off.
"Finally, I'm happy with the job my assistants did in the recruiting process. Sometimes they don't get the credit they deserve. But the staff did a great job."
Draymond Green (F, 6-7, 230, Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw) - Averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals as a junior ... Led Saginaw High School to the Michigan Class A State Championship and a 26-1 record ... 2007 Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News Dream Team Member, the lone junior on the team ... Shot 52 percent from the field and 73 percent from the foul line ... First-team all-area and all-conference selection ... Ranked the No. 98 player overall in the nation by Scout.com, including the No. 29 power forward ... Rated the No. 77 player in the ESPN 150, including the No. 21 power forward ... Averaged 12 points and 11 rebounds as a sophomore ... Plays AAU basketball for the The Family, having previously played for the Michigan Mustangs ... Plays for Coach Lou Dawkins at Saginaw High School.
Izzo On Green: "What attracted me to Draymond was that he has great hands and great skills. The other thing I like about him beside his versatility is that he played for a great high school coach in Lou Dawkins on a team that won a state championship. He has an understanding of how to win, and I think that is very, very important. I think he needs to get into the best shape of his life, and that will be taken care of. He was out for a period of time during the summer because of injury, which might have caused him to slip in the national rankings. We expect him, however, to be a very good player for us."
Korie Lucious (G, 5-10, 165, Milwaukee, Wis./St. Pius XI High School) - Averaged 24.2 points, 5.4 assists, 4.3 steals and 2.6 rebounds as a junior at St. Pius XI High School, leading his team to a 19-4 record ... Shot 48.3 percent from two-point range, 42.3 percent from 3-point range and 82.5 percent from the foul line ... Named the 2007 Classic Eight Conference Player of the Year ... First-team all-area selection ... Participated in the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival, averaging 18.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists ... Ranked the No. 90 player overall in the nation by Scout.com, including the No. 11 point guard ... Rated the No. 85 player in the ESPN 150, including the No. 9 point guard ... Attended Rufus King High School as a sophomore, averaging 12.1 points, 6.5 assists and 2.3 steals ... Plays AAU basketball for DTA Wisconsin ... Plays for Coach Joel Classen at St. Pius XI High School.
Izzo On Lucious: "In Korie Lucious, we knew we were going to be losing Drew Neitzel, and he's a guard that can do more than one thing. Even though he's only 5-10 in stature, he's one of the quickest ball-handling guards. And I think sometime in the future we can play him and Kalin Lucas at the same time, giving us an extremely quick backcourt. Korie is a guy who can really shot the ball. An extra benefit is that he has played against good competition and he's a winner, playing for a very good coach in Joel Classen."
Delvon Roe (F, 6-8, 220, Lakewood, Ohio/St. Edward High School) - 2007-08 Sporting News First-Team All-American ... 2007 EA Sports National Junior of the Year ... 2007 EA Sports All-America second team and Parade Magazine All-America fourth team ... Averaged 22.5 points and 11.5 rebounds as a junior at St. Edward High School, leading his team to a 25-1 record, the Ohio Division 1 semifinals, a No. 23 final national ranking and a No. 5 Midwest Regional ranking by USA Today ... Led St. Edwards in blocks (60) and steals (69) and was second in assists ... Shot 40 percent from 3-point range as a junior ... Runner-up for 2007 Ohio Mr. Basketball honors ... Named 2007 Player of the Year in Ohio by the Cleveland Plain Dealer ... All-Ohio Division I honoree ... Participated in the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival, averaging 30.3 points (tournament best) and 10.3 rebounds ... Ranked the No. 9 player overall in the nation by Scout.com, including the No. 2 power forward ... Rated the No. 7 player in the ESPN 150, including the No. 2 power forward ... Averaged 20.5 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 steals as a sophomore ... Named all-state honorable mention and all-district as a sophomore ... Averaged 16.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks as a freshman, earning all-conference accolades ... Plays AAU basketball for King James Shooting Stars ... Plays for Coach Eric Flannery at St. Edward High School.
Izzo on Roe: "I don't think there's any question that Delvon Roe is everybody's first team All-American. He took his team to the state semifinals last year, and he's a favorite to go back and win a state championship. He plays for another great high school coach in Eric Flannery, so he's been well-coached. He improved his three-point shooting a lot last year. He's kind of like a Raymar Morgan, but maybe more athletic in scoring around the basket. He's not quite as strong as Raymar is though, but he's similar. Delvon is a winner from the get-go, and he's really going to help us. On and off the court, he has the credentials to do great things."