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Saginaw High retires Draymond Green's jersey

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(04/11/12) - Awards and honors continue to roll in for Michigan State Spartan Draymond Green.

Receiving recognition from the city of Saginaw, and from his fellow Trojans, Green is getting showered with hometown love.

Wednesday morning, Saginaw High retired Green's jersey. Before dominating the court as a Spartan, Green led the Trojans to a state championship back in 2008.

This season, he is the Big Ten's Player of the Year and was named a first team All American by the Associated Press, and added to the John Wooden All American Team.

"It's been a dream of mine since I was a kid," Green said.

'Day-Day' says he is thankful for the support from his community, and he took the opportunity to encourage students.

"Even if you want to go to the Army, you have to have good grades. Don't just get by," he said.

He even called one young man out of the audience for some face to face motivation. "Let's start by pulling up your pants and looking presentable."

Green says it's all positive reinforcement to let the younger generation know they too can be successful. "I was sitting in those seats a little while ago, and just like me, they can achieve. It's not impossible. They can achieve even more than me. "

Green will graduate from MSU this May with academic honors.

He says he is preparing for the NBA draft.

Last month Tom Izzo said it's likely the Spartans will retire his number 23 jersey.

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