Michigan State standout Draymond Green was a do everything player for Tom Izzo during last season. At 6-foot-7, Green was one of the most productive players in the college game earning consensus first team All-American honors along with being named the Big Ten Player of the Year while helping the Spartans win a share of the regular-season Big Ten championship and the conferences tournament title.
However, while all signs pointed for Green to hear his name called during the first round of Thursday nights NBA Draft, he waited until the second round when the Golden State Warriors selected Green with the fifth pick of the round.
Green becomes the 13th Spartan drafted to have played for Tom Izzo and the 12th player selected since the 2000 NBA Draft.
Green stayed positive through it all.
"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."
Spartan coach Tom Izzo was also positive about the direction Green is headed in the coming years.
"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."