Combo forward Draymond Green commits to UK

Since visiting Kentucky for their game against Florida, Draymond Green couldn't stop thinking about the Wildcats. So when Tubby Smith called this morning, Green gave Smith his first verbal commitment in the class of 2008.

When Green visited Kentucky on February 10th he didn't get the scholarship offer he was hoping for, instead Coach Tubby Smith said he needed to talk to Green's parents before he put the offer on the table.

"He didn't offer me a scholarship because he said he wanted to meet my parents first. He was just saying how he wanted to talk to my parents and we just waited a couple of more weeks until I was ready to make my decision."

After talking it over with Green's parents and Saginaw (MI) High Coach Lou Dawkins, Smith decided it was time to offer him a scholarship.

"I was eating lunch and coach Dawkins came in and got me and said Coach Tubby Smith was on the phone. He just told me how they really wanted and I was already leaning towards making a decision, but once he said that I just made my decision then."

Green, who also had interest from Indiana, Clemson Xavier, Dayton, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Bradley, was blown away during his visit to Lexington and didn't see how he could turn down the offer.

"I went down there for the Florida game and the atmosphere and coach Smith was lovely," Green said. "It was like ‘how can I turn something like this down?' The coaches, the players, the facilities everything was state of the art.

"The degree that you get there could take me anywhere in the country and going there would help with life for me after basketball."

Green's put together an impressive season averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds, while leading Saginaw High to a 16-1 record.

"I've had a pretty good season individually and team wise. We have pretty much wrapped up the valley championship. It's going real good and I've played a big role in every game we've played."

The 6-foot-7, 225-pounder, who possesses a solid mid-range game and good court vision, plans to fill a similar role in college to the one he plays in high school.

"I see myself fitting in good and doing the same thing I do now by playing the three or four."

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