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Remember when Draymond Green committed to Kentucky?

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Draymond Green made headlines (again), after poking LeBron James in the eye and calling him a name that is NSFW during Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Despite his antics on the court, Green is one of the reasons the Golden State Warriors have made it to their fourth-straight NBA Finals.

But do you know that he once committed to play Kentucky?

Green verbally committed to play for the University of Kentucky and Tubby Smith on Feb. 20, 2007.

Green picked the Cats over Michigan, Michigan State, Xavier and Indiana. He picked Kentucky because his high school coach, Lou Dawkins, played for Smith at Tulsa.

However, a month later Green decommitted after Smith decided to leave.

“At first, I was kind of upset,” Green told the Lexington Herald-Leeader in 2007. “When I talked to Coach Smith, like he said, ‘I had to do what’s best for me.'”

“If you want me to come to your school, treat me like you want me to come.”

And as we know, Green later committed to Michigan State and Tom Izzo. He became a First Team All-American and the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2011-2012.

The Herald-Leader wasn’t the only one reporting on the commitment. Our own Matt Jones wrote a very in-depth analysis on Green after his commitment to Kentucky.

So just who is this Draymond kid anyway?

Knowing Green now, would you have wanted him to stay committed to Kentucky?


Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

32 Comments for Remember when Draymond Green committed to Kentucky?

  1. abevh5
    12:04 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    I’d rather him of left , I can’t stand him or the warriors

  2. BBNDan7
    12:05 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    Absolutely not

  3. King_tucky
    12:05 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink


    12:22 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    Yes, I do remember…and I also remember that Tubby was NOT “let go”. He ran away when he couldn’t take the heat from the boosters and fans. Neither Tubby, nor Draymond were missed.

  5. michaelb
    12:24 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    Did his college career last 5 years ? If not , I don’t understand this time frame

    • runningunnin.454
      12:38 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

      Played 4 yrs at Mich St, must have committed to UK as a junior in HS.

    • michaelb
      2:23 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

      Ahh thank you

    • michaelb
      2:26 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

      It threw me for a loop because I’m one of those who knows the rosters by year like preachers remember bible verses ha

    12:33 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    Heck no, I wouldn’t want him. He would have been The Grayson Allen of Kentucky. And UK would have a bad rep now because of him.

  7. lindamyers56
    12:44 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    A punk. No way. Dirty player.

  8. runningunnin.454
    1:17 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    Green with the “stick your finger in the eye of the other team’s best player” defense. This series is going to get nasty.

  9. DelrayCat
    1:28 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    By far the biggest crybaby on a team full of crybabies in a league a whiners.
    Can’t stand the dude…but one heck of a player.

  10. 4everUKblue
    1:28 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    The way he plays he would’ve fit in perfectly at dUKe, with all his dirty antics.

  11. 4everUKblue
    1:30 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    Since players began building superstar teams the NBA is no fun to watch….that and pro sports it rigged.

  12. CMC
    1:32 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    I’m sure we’d love him if he was here but I can’t stand him now. If I were Ty Lue I’d bust his chops with a bench warming goon every game to shut him up!!

  13. Bluebloodtoo
    1:47 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    I remember last year when Green got suspended from playoffs for playing dirty. It seems he didn’t learn anything. As matter of fact, Green really seems more like a thug than a professional.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      1:54 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

      In other words, I’m very happy he decided not to come to uk.

    • TonyMontana
      5:12 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

      A thug? He’s cocky and arrogant. But I don’t recall him ever walking onto the court holding a pistol. Maybe if he came to Kentucky he would carry himself in a different manner.

      Perhaps this is the exact image he wants. He’s the kinda guy you hate if he’s on the other team, but love him if he’s on your team. Opponents don’t like going against him because he doesn’t take any crap and he will get under your skin. He’s like a Bill Laimbeer, Laettner or Rodman. I dont really like him, but calling him a thug is pretty dumb.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      9:25 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

      Between his on court persona and his interviews, there is plenty there to make me feel like it’s a reasonable guess that he’s thug ish. I doubt know him personally, obviously.

    • Yes he’s a thug. Have you forgotten how many times he’s kicked guys in the family jewels? He once did it to somebody on the Thunder and you can see Durant in the background complaining. Now they’re teammates. Go figure.

  14. BBaxterUK
    1:47 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    Yes,antics aside he’s a ground n pound player

  15. Rembrandt
    1:55 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    There is nothing particularly remarkable about Draymond Green’s commitment and decommitment. Sean Kemp, Darryl Dawkins, Tracy McGrady, Bill Willoughby, and Dirk Nowitzki also committed to UK at one time or another. Stuff happens.

  16. michaelb
    2:24 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    Exactly all the above ^ He’s one of those guys you just hate , but if he’s on your team ya love him kinda thing

  17. Randall lee
    2:26 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    He’s a ass hole

  18. Kat4Life
    2:45 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    I do not like him in a tree
    I do not like him on my knee
    I do not like him here or there
    I do not like him anywhere
    On the court he’ll hit your sack
    And laugh while you try running back

    Draymond Green just makes me sick
    I do not like the big-mouthed prick

    • Bluebloodtoo
      9:27 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

  19. Epperson
    3:25 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    Yes… can you imagine him with Wall, Cousins, Bledso, and PP. Plus, w/ his attitude he might of hit Billy G in the middle of a game…that would have been the highlight of the Billy Clyde days.

  20. CB3UK
    5:54 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    Slow news day apparently. Why would I remotely care about a guy who didnt play here.

  21. kydrummer
    10:05 pm June 3, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t remember him being that dirty in college.

  22. Rabbi Li
    6:53 am June 4, 2018 Permalink

    Glad this didn’t happen. Draymond is a dirty player who has to dirty up the game to compensate for lack of finesse & athletic ability. That’s not what we want to be known as or for producing.

  23. StuckinLville
    1:32 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    He wasnt like that in college. But knowing how he is now, hell no. You would think he was a Duke player the way he is on the court. Just dirty.