April 5, 2008
Senior Mike Green made Butler history when he took the floor to play in the DiGiorno College All-Star Game at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Friday, April 4. He became the first Butler player ever to play a collegiate game on the floor of the NCAA Final Four.
Green was a starting guard for the American team in the annual game sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The contest was played on the same floor as the Final Four for the first time in the game's history, which dates back to 1963.
The National team, led by Duke's DeMarcus Nelson, won the high-scoring game, 106-100. But it wasn't about winning or losing for Green.
"This was really fun," said Butler's senior guard after the game. "It was a great experience to come down here and have a chance to practice with and play against some of the top seniors in the country."
The national team jumped to a big lead in the game, but the American team rallied behind Green, Houston guard Robert McKiver and Georgia guard Sundiata Gaines to tie the score at 45-45 by halftime.
The game remained close in the second half, but Nelson and Xavier's Josh Duncan helped the National squad pull away for the six-point win.
Green finished the game with nine points, four rebounds, a team-high five assists and one steal. He played 25 minutes, second only to Gaines, who posted 18 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes. McKiver led the American team with 20 points in 22 minutes.
Nelson was named the game's MVP after leading all scorer's with 21 points. Duncan finished with 16 and Shan Foster of Vanderbilt added 15.