Green aims to lead Michigan State to NCAA title

LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer Published:

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State's Draymond Green is the first player from one of the six major conferences to average at least 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists since the 1996-97 season, when Tim Duncan did it at Wake Forest.

Green, though, is more interested in joining Magic Johnson and Mateen Cleaves as leaders who led the Spartans to national titles.

The senior says just being mentioned in the same sentence with Johnson and Cleaves is an honor.

Green will begin what he hopes is a six-win run to seal his legacy as one of the school's all-time greats on Friday night when top-seeded Michigan State plays 16th-seeded Long Island University-Brooklyn in a West regional game.

The versatile forward averages 16.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists.