But this year, the senior forward will be a very vocal leader of a team of unproven players to a season likely bountiful in ups and downs.
But along with top-notch, all-around skill on the court — he became just the third player in MSU history to record a triple-double with two last year — Green brings unequaled leadership on and off the court, and his head coach, Tom Izzo, knows that.
“No question who our leader is; it’s Draymond Green,” Izzo said. “He’s put himself in that position by being who he is and what he is, what he’s meant to this program.”
Izzo said Green put in more work than just about any player this summer. Green lost more weight, changed his body-fat percentage and has become a “very good 3-point shooter” according to Izzo.
He likely will become just the third player in program history to join the 1,000 point scorer, 1,000 rebounder club.
This season, Green will play a variety of roles on the court, and it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see him average very Magic Johnson-esque numbers. Last year he averaged 12.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists. With scoring threats Kalin Lucas and Durrell Summers gone, Green’s scoring could increase, along with no proven point guards, added ball distribution could see his assist numbers increase significantly.
Green also is a preseason All-Big Ten selection, as well as on several All-American preseason lists and ranks high on several award lists.
Also check out msuspartans.com’s video profile of Green.
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