Izzo: Green has great shot to have jersey retired

By Larry Lage

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, March 27 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo reacts to play in the closing minutes of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament West Regional semifinal against Louisville on Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Phoenix. Louisville won 57-44.

Chris Carlson, Associated Press

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says Draymond Green has a great shot at having his jersey retired to the Breslin Center's rafters.

Izzo took a look back Tuesday at a season that ended last week with a loss to Louisville and ahead to next year without Green on the team.

Green became the fourth Spartan selected to The Associated Press' All-America first team, joining Magic Johnson, Shawn Respert and Mateen Cleaves.

He would be the 10th player to have his jersey retired by Michigan State. The others are: Johnson, Respert, Cleaves, Johnny Green, Greg Kelser, Jay Vincent, Scott Skiles, Steve Smith and Morris Peterson.

The do-it-all forward will leave a void on the court and off it, where his leadership helped to improve the team's chemistry.

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