Warriors’ Draymond Green Endorses Michigan State Spartans’ Wing For 2021 NBA Draft

Published 01/06/2021, 10:24 AM EST
Jan 4, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports


The Michigan State Spartans look to be one of the best college basketball teams this season. While they started the NCAA season ranked in the top 25 of the AP Poll, the Spartans have fallen to some surprising losses in recent games. Despite that, the hopes for this team are high. Especially for their 6’6″ wing, Aaron Henry.

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Henry is a junior and scheduled to enter the 2021 NBA Draft. He was in the running for the 2020 NBA Draft, but returned to the Spartans after Cassius Winston left the team. This promised a bigger role for Henry, and so far, he has averaged 14 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. His play has gotten him a glowing endorsement from Draymond Green.

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Considering how Green is known to be one of the smartest players in the league, this sort of endorsement won’t fall on deaf ears. However, Draymond is also saying something many scouts have already said. Hopefully, Henry does not fall from his current projected status as a first-round pick.

Michigan State Spartans find success behind Aaron Henry?

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While the Spartans have fallen to the tail end of the AP Top 25, Henry led them to an impressive win over the higher-ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights. In an absolutely loaded Big 10 Conference, Henry will need to elevate his play to help Tom Izzo and his team find the success they need to have a successful season.

Jan 5, 2021; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Aaron Henry (left) shoots against Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Jacob Young (42) during the second half at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Henry is a lanky two-way wing with a shot on him. While obviously he still needs to improve his game, he is showing that he has the talent for a bigger upside. Draymond isn’t incorrect in saying that he can contribute to the NBA immediately. However, Henry’s game should only improve.

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The 2021 Draft class is very deep. Players with a lot of talent like Henry will fall in the draft boards. Hopefully, whichever team selects him next year bear the fruits of success that a talented wing can bring to them.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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