As many may remember, the Kentucky Wildcats, back in the day, had a commitment from now three-time NBA All-Star Draymond Green.
A four-year collegiate star, Green had plans to play in Lexington prior to the John Calipari era commencing, as he committed to Tubby Smith in 2007.
Green eventually opted to head to Michigan State. Playing for one of the best college basketball coaches in the nation, Tom Izzo apparently hadn’t quite given Green an offer when he pledged his play to Kentucky.
Here’s the exchange as told by Kentucky Sports Radio’s Drew Franklin. Green delivered these quotes while on the “All The Smoke” podcast.
“How in the f**** could you commit to Kentucky, it’s b***s***,” Izzo said to him, according to Green. Green shouted back, “You ain’t f***** offer me” multiple times, leading Izzo to officially extended the offer in the middle of their shouting match.
“Well, you didn’t have a f***** offer, but now I’m telling you you have a f***** offer,” Izzo shouted.
Green wasn’t an instant-superstar commit. He grew in college. Even that growth didn’t make him a first-round pick so Green’s impact has always been questioned. But, that all changed when analysts saw him as the perfect running mate to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
That said, coming out of high school, 247 Sports gave Green a .9685 rating. The 6-foot-7 forward would’ve likely been on the lower side of a four-star recruit. That’s one reason that led him to Kentucky, a program wasn’t quite the powerhouse is currently.
Green was part of the Class of 2008. His senior season, Green averaged 16.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.