Draymond Green has donated $3.1 million to Michigan State athletics in support of the men's basketball program.
Green recently signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Golden State Warriors.
“I was pretty heavy when I got here and not expected to be a pro or doing what I'm doing today,” Green said at a Breslin Center news conference with Izzo, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and MSU athletic director Mark Hollis, with the current MSU basketball team and many others on hand. “So can I come in here and take credit for that, or do I give the credit where it's rightfully due, which is this university? And if so, how do I show my thanks? That was just a small way of me saying thank you.
“I can say thank you all I want and I can talk to coach Izzo every day. But how do I do something to say thank you but to also help these guys over here have the opportunity that I have? One thing coach Izzo used to always tell me is ‘I'm living my dream. All I want to do is see you live yours.’ As a freshman, it's hard to believe that. The way he's on you, you don't understand it, it's hard to believe it. Once you realize, ‘This guy wants me to be successful more than I want to be successful,’ it develops that love and makes you want to come back and give back to these guys like others have done for me.”