Draymond Green Named Big Ten Player Of The Year; Tom Izzo Coach Of The Year
Michigan State senior forward Draymond Green was selected Big Ten Player of the Year by the league’s media and coaches, the conference office announced Monday, March 5. Tom Izzo was selected Coach of the Year by the coaches and media.
Green was also named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team by the league’s coaches. Sophomore guard Keith Appling earned third-team all-conference honors, while freshman Branden Dawson found a spot on the All-Freshman team and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the league’s media.
For Izzo, it is the third Big Ten Coach of the Year honor of his career, having previously been honored in 1998 and 2009. Green is the first Spartan to earn Player of the Year honors since Kalin Lucas was honored in 2009. He is the seventh Spartan to earn Big Ten Player of the Year honors, joining Jay Vincent (1981), Scott Skiles (1986), Shawn Respert (1995), Mateen Cleaves (1998, 1999 – coaches), Morris Peterson (2000 – coaches) and Lucas (2009). (MSUSpartans.com)