Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 4/3/12

Michigan State University head coach Tom Izzo and senior forward Draymond Green were honored with national awards from the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Sunday.

Tom Izzo was named the UPS NABC Division I Coach of the Year, marking his eighth national award of his career.

Draymond Green was named NABC Division I Player of the Year, which is the third time a Spartan has ever received National Player of the Year honor. The first two being Scott Skiles in1986 and Shawn Respert in 1995.

“It means a lot to be one of only three players of the great Spartan tradition to win a player of the year award,” said Green. “We’re talking about greats like Smith, Cleaves, Johnson, Kelser and many more. For me to win an award of such great magnitude means a lot for me to be able to contribute to making this an even better program. I consider myself lucky to follow in their footsteps.”

Draymond Green and Tom Izzo hoisting the Big Ten Tournament Title.

Green finished his career at MSU as the school’s leading rebounder (1,096), 17th in scoring (1,517 points), second in career blocks (117) and second in career steals (180).

This season, the senior forward led the Spartans in scoring with 16.2 ppg, rebounding 10.6 rpg, and steals with 54. He also ranked third in the nation with 22 double-doubles.

“You don’t get to coach a player like Draymond Green very often, but you appreciate it while you can,” Izzo said.  “His efforts, along with those of his fellow seniors and all his teammates are responsible for my award. I’ve always said that no coach ever gets to make a shot, grab a rebound or make a defensive stop. Players play the game, and this year’s team gave me everything they had. As a coach, that’s all you can ask.”

Izzo has won this award for the second time in his career, the first time being in 2001.

Michigan State finished the season with with a 29-8 record, winning a share of the regular-season Big Ten Championship and the Big Ten Tournament title.

The Spartans became just the 10th team in NCAA history to go from unranked in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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