On Monday, Michigan State’s Draymond Green was named the Big Ten player of the year and today, the awards keep on rolling.
Green was picked as an All-American by the Sporting News along with fellow Big Ten player Jared Sullinger from Ohio State.
“It’s an honor to be named an All-American, and have my name in the company of all the great players that have come before me at Michigan State; guys like Mateen Cleaves, Earvin Johnson, Steve Smith and all the rest,” said Green. “Those guys had a huge impact on the current success of the program, and I’m just a product of what they built.
The list of first-team players also includes Murray State Isaiah Cannon, Kansas; Thomas Robinson and Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, who was named the player of the year.
The Sporting News dubbed Kansas coach Bill Self as the coach of the year.
In the Big Ten, the Sporting News named Indiana coach Tom Crean as coach of the year and Indiana’s Cody Zeller as freshman of the year.
The last time the Sporting New honored a MSU player was back in 2001 when Jason Richardson was selected to the second team.
Besides Richardson, other Spartans honored by Sporting News include Morris Peterson(2000-1st Team), Mateen Cleaves (1999-2nd Team, 2000-1st Team), Shawn Respert (1995-1st Team), Steve Smith (1990-1st Team, 1991-1st Team), Scott Skiles (1986-1st Team), Sam Vincent (1985-1st Team), Earvin “Magic” Johnson (1979-1st Team), Johnny Green (1958-2nd Team, 1959-2nd Team). Green is the first Spartan to earn All-America honors of any type sinceDrew Neitzel was a second-team honoree by CBSSportsline.com and ESPN’s Dick Vitale in 2007.