Style of play, atmosphere leads Green to UK

Out of nowhere, Kentucky received a commitment from one of their 2008 targets. Combo forward, Draymond "Day Day" Green made his college choice on February 19 th when he committed to the Wildcats.

Only the most rabid followers of recruiting had heard much about Green. Green is widely considered one of the top juniors in Michigan and also one of the top players in Michigan regardless of classification.

Green is a do it all kind of forward with several strong points to his game. "Right now my rebounding, my ball handling and my post moves on the block are my strengths," Green said. "I've also got a good midrange jumpshot," Green continued. "I've been working hard on the long range shot lately and most importantly my defense."

Green, at 6-foot-7 225 pounds, has been listed anywhere from shooting guard to power forward. However he believes that he can excel where ever the team needs him. "It really doesn't matter where I play. Whatever spot I'm needed for at the time, I will play it," Green said.

Green has been a stat sheet stuffer this season. He's averaging 23 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, four blocks and three steals per game. While Draymond is capable of playing several positions and doing many things on the court, he feels his game is most comparable to a certain NBA All-Star. "I compare my game to Carmelo Anthony," said Green. "It's just the stuff he does. He can back his man down. He can take him off the dribble. That's what I do," Green finished.

Green made an unofficial visit to Kentucky for the Florida game on February 10th. The visit gave him a closer look at the Kentucky program and coach Tubby Smith. Green came away impressed enough to make his college choice.

What was it about Kentucky that made Green make this early decision? "Coach Smith and his style of play. I like the way he lets his team get up and down the court. That's the style I like to play," Green said. Green also loved the atmosphere at Rupp. "It was real nice. It was made for basketball," Green said. "The student section alone was amazing!"

Green also took in the new practice facility. "It was lovely, everything was state-of-the-art," said Green.

This was an early victory for the 2008 recruiting class. Green was being recruited by several schools. He had offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, Boston College, Clemson, and Xavier.

Green is currently rated as a three star prospect according to Scout.com.


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