Three Lucky Oakland Students Win Warriors Tickets Thanks to Draymond Green

Three lucky Oakland students will get to watch the Warriors attempt at making history at the Oracle Arena Wednesday night, thanks to the generosity of power forward Draymond Green.

The Warriors announced that Dyllon Louis of McClymonds High School, Travon Hadnot a 12th grader at Dewey Academy, Joseph Martin, a 10th grader at Coliseum College Prep Academy were the winners of Green's largesse.

They will get to meet No. 23 ahead of the game against the Memphis Grizzlies, where the Warriors are trying to win the most games in a single season in NBA history.

Warriors spokeswoman Lisa Goodwin said the team worked with the schools to find the type boys that Green was looking for, and released brief bios of each of them:

  • Joseph, who was born in Liberia and grew up in a refugee camp along the Ivory Coast, is an honor roll and point guard at his school's basketball team. He is one of eight siblings. He has a 3.2 GPA.
  • Dyllon moved to West Oakland after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans left his family homeless and his mother very ill. She sent him to live with his godfather and instilled in him the drive to get good grades. He now has a 3.73 GPA.
  • Travon was raised in a single-family household and struggled at a mainstream high school, but is turning things around at the academy where he plans to graduate.

The last team to set such a record was in 1995-1996, when the Chicago Bulls won 70 games that year. Warriors coach Steve Kerr played for the Bulls back then.

Without Green's offer, these three students likely would not have had the means to attend the game. Tickets on Ticketmaster are going for more than $300. Courtside tickets are going for $17,000.

But Green wanted even those who couldn't normally afford such an event to be able to be present for possible history.

"Going to buy 3 tickets and find an underprivileged kid in Oakland and allow them to witness history Wednesday!!! Let's get it fellas!!!” the forward tweeted.

In an interview, he followed up on that thought: "When you do right, good things happen to you."

NBC Bay Area's Raj Mathai contributed to this report.

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