Senior forward Draymond Green became the fourth Michigan State basketball player named first-team All-American by the Associated Press.
He joins Mateen Cleaves (1999), Shawn Respert (1995) and Magic Johnson (1979) in receiving the honor that was announced Monday.
“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. “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.”
Joining Green on the AP first-team are Kentucky’s Antonio Davis, Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Kansas’ Thomas Robinson and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger.
Green, arguably the most versatile player in the country, averaged 16.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists. He led the Spartans to a share of the Big Ten regular-season title, the conference-tournament championship and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State was eliminated last week by Louisville in a West Region semifinal.
Green also has been named first-team All-American by several other groups, including the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the United States Basketball Writers Association and the Wooden Award.
freshman point guard Trey Burke was selected as an AP honorable mention
All-American. Burke, who averaged 14.8 points and 4.6 assists, is considering
turning pro early. He has until April 10 to declare for the NBA