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Draymond Green To Be Inducted Into Michigan State Hall of Fame

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“I’m going to the Hall of Fame, absolutely insane,” four-time NBA champion Draymond Green shared on his podcast after learning he would be forever memorized in Michigan State’s athletic history. 

“I literally got chills down my arms when he told me” Green described as he received the call from Michigan State Athletic Director Alan Haller regarding the nine-person Hall of Fame Class of 2022 induction.

Nearly three months after winning his fourth NBA title in eight years, and coming off his 10th NBA season as a Warrior, Green will be adding another meaningful accolade to his rich resume.

“I’m just sitting there like ‘Wow, Hall of Fame, that’s forever,’” the Michigan State alma mater shared on the recognition.

And for the outspoken point-forward, Green’s Michigan State Hall of Fame induction has him speechless, admitting, “I’m thrilled about it…I’m honestly at a loss for words right now just speaking about it.” 

Green’s standout career at Michigan State laid the groundwork for the four-time champion that Warriors fans have watched on a nightly basis for the last 10 seasons. 

“I really just want to thank Coach Izzo… number one, for recruiting me to be a Michigan State Spartan but number two, for pushing me the way he did, for tapping into something that I didn’t even know could be tapped into about myself and teaching me how to work hard. I can’t thank him enough. It’s changed my life,” Green stated.

Tom Izzo, longtime coach of the Spartans, coached Green through all four years at Michigan State, with the pair developing a relationship that far exceeded player-coach.  

“He went about it the old-fashioned way and worked hard to get where he is today. He kept adding elements to his game, and today’s he’s one of the most versatile players in the NBA. He’s never let other people’s expectations define who he is,” Izzo shared on Green.  

The duo remain close to this day, with Izzo texting the four-time NBA All-Star words of encouragement throughout the 2022 Playoffs and subsequent championship victory.

Since his departure from Michigan State, Green has done more for the institution than nearly any other athletic alum, donating $3.1 million dollars in 2015. In 2019, Green’s No. 23 jersey was retired in the rafters alongside Spartan greats Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Mateen Cleaves and Steve Smith.

“I’ve always talked about being a part of this organization forever,” Green said of his Spartan pride. 

“And it’s things like (this) that make you feel that way. It’s not that you win some games. It’s not that you got paid. It’s things like (this) that make you loyal to an organization. It means a lot to me.”

Green called East Lansing home for four years, averaging 10.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists over 145 total games for Michigan State. He played in two Final Fours (2009, 2010), winning three regular season Big Ten championships (2009, 2010, 2012) and earning a Big Ten Tournament Championship in 2012, in addition to being a consensus First Team All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year.

Green concluded his collegiate career as the Spartans’ all-time leading rebounder (1,096), ranking second in career steals (180) and eighth in career blocks (117).

Green is also one of just four players in Michigan State history to earn National Player of the Year honors and the forward’s three collegiate career triple-doubles are second in Spartan history behind Magic Johnson. Plus, he remains the only men’s basketball player in NCAA history to have multiple triple-doubles in the NCAA Tournament.

Since entering the NBA, Green has earned four NBA championships (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022) and has been named a four-time NBA All-Star (2016, 2017, 2018, 2022).

Green was named 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and is a seven-time NBA All-Defensive selection, earning four first-team honors from (2015, 2016, 2017, 2021) and three second team honors (2018, 2019, 2022). Moreover, Green has won two Olympic Gold Medals with Team USA at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016) and Tokyo, Japan (2020). 

Green will be inducted into the Michigan State’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 9 alongside eight other inductees.

The Spartan Hall of Fame Class of 2022 will be further recognized during halftime at the MSU-Akron football game at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 10.

“I’m honored. I’m looking forward to it…And I can’t wait,” Green concluded as he looks forward to a historic weekend in East Lansing.