Draymond Green named AP, Wooden All-American
If there is an All-American team out there, it is safe to say Draymond Green will be on it.
On Monday, Green was named to arguably the biggest two All-American teams: The Associated Press and the Wooden.
Green received 53 first-team votes (of a possible 65) for the AP team and was the lone senior, joined by Kansas’ Thomas Robinson, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Creighton’s Doug McDermott.
He is the fourth player from Michigan State to be selected to The Associated Press All-America team, joining Magic Johnson, Shawn Respect and Mateen Cleaves.
“It’s an honor because those are the guys who I looked up to, paved the way for me, starting with Magic and going to Respert and Cleaves,” Green said. “Those guys, every time I walk into the gym I see their names up in the rafters and that’s a goal that everyone has who’s playing. Just being mentioned in the same sentence with those guys means a lot. All of them are winners, all of them are great players and all of them are successful and great people.”
The Wooden Award All-American team, composed of ten members, featured Green and the same four as the AP team. They were joined by Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan, Marquette’s Jae Crowder, Missouri’s Marcus Denmon, West Virginia’s Kevin Jones, and North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller.
Green is the first Spartan named to the Wooden Award team since Charlie Bell in 2001, and the eighth overall.
Green also is a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award. The winner will be announced Saturday on ESPN.
Green already has been named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News, United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), CBSSports.com and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).