Bloomington, Ind. – Can IU make it four for four?
Saginaw (Mich.) H.S. forward Draymond Green has scheduled a 2 p.m. press conference at his high school to announce his college decision. The 72nd-ranked player in the 2008 class according to Scout.com, Green has narrowed his list to a trio of Big Ten schools – Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State.
If Indiana lands a commitment from the 6-7, 230-pound forward, he'd be the fourth member of the 2008 recruiting class, all of whom would be ranked in Scout.com's top 100. IU Coach Kelvin Sampson has already secured commitments from small forward Devin Ebanks (No. 10), point guard Bud Mackey (No. 44) and shooting guard Eshaunte Jones (No. 73), leaving a need for a big body such as Green to complete the class.
Indications are, though, that Green could be headed elsewhere. The Detroit News reported Thursday that Green is expected to wind up picking Tom Izzo's Michigan State Spartans over IU and Michigan, but Green has remained mum on his decision leading up to this afternoon's press conference.
Whether it's IU, MSU or UM, Big Ten fans are going to get a chance to see a player that many see as a bit of a tweener, but someone who's a hard-nosed and productive player. He averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals this year while leading Saginaw to a 26-1 record and the Class A state championship.
"Green is one of those undersized guys who simply refuses to let people tell him he's not good enough or big enough," said Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep.
While much of Green's work is done on the interior, Telep says Green has the ability to play on the perimeter as well, which can create some matchup fits for opponents.
"He's got a skill set which will enable him to play facing the basket," Telep said. "At the same time, he'll take advantage of a body built for contact inside. He's not a traditional player, so he'll run into tough post match-ups, but he can also cause issues with his face-up approach."
One of the things Telep believes has held Green back a bit is his conditioning, but that figures to change once he gets into a Big Ten strength and conditioning program. Once that happens, either Izzo, Sampson or Michigan Coach John Beilein will be getting a player who will be a nice piece to their puzzle for the next four years.
"He's a hard-nosed combo forward," Telep said. "The kid's a winner and he's got a motor that runs until empty."
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