UA has attention of Houston prep stars

Arkansas head coach Stan Heath and his staff are hot on the trail of 6-8 Houston prep star Gerald Green and his 6-1 point guard teammate Javon Adams and the interest is mutual.

Those hoping that Houston prep hoops standout Gerald Green is truly interested in Arkansas should take a cue from his stated intention to take both unofficial and official visits to Fayetteville.

I'm definitely coming up there to visit," Green said. "I'd like to get up there this summer on an unofficial and then come back for an official once school starts. Tell people up there I am very interested in Arkansas. I have a lot of love for them."

Kansas, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Virginia, Texas A&M, Arizona, UCLA and North Carolina State and many others join Arkansas in pursuit of the 6-8, 200-pound junior wing from Houston Gulfshores Academy.

Green will land at either the two guard or small forward in college, is ranked No. 53 on the Insiders Top 100 players in the class of 2005 and is bonafide star that has Arkansas head coach Stan Heath and his staff and so many other D-I schools coveting his signature.

"Actually I was just talking about Arkansas and what a good situation it is," Green said. "It's real nice and I would have to say they are at the very top of my list. I like the (Arkansas head) Coach (Stan) Heath, the way they play and I have heard nothing but good things from people about them."

Green is both high school and Houston Elite AAU teammates with 6-1, 190-pound point guard Javon Adams, another top junior that Arkansas is also very interested in and who has a top three of Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Boston College.

Adams averaged 34 points, 8 assists, 4 steals and 4 rebounds while Green was tossing in 28 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks per game this past season for a 35-2 Gulfshores squad.

Both Adams and Green - who are ranked in some publication's top 30 players nationally - have been plan to attend the Reebok ABCD camp July 7-11 this summer and the pair also has been a couple of the select few invited to the NBA Players Development Camp on June 18-22 in Richmond, Va.

"It would be great to play with Javon in college," Green said. "He is the best point guard I have ever played with or played against or seen on the high school level. He can do it all. There are a lot of people who think he is just a shoot first guy, but it is not like that. He looks for the pass first and then fills it up if it's not there."

The pair will be on display this weekend at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, which begins Friday with games on the campuses of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Duke.

"This will give us a chance to see all three of those places on unofficial visits," Green said. "We'd both like to see as many different situations as we can."

Green transferred to Gulfshores Academy from Dobie High School and was reclassified as a junior. He did so in part because he was locked down into playing power forward or center at his old high school.

"It wasn't that bad a situation, but I knew that coming to Gulfshores and being able to play out on the perimeter will help in my development," Green said. "I've been able to play the two or three here and it has helped me a lot, making me a more all-around player."

It doesn't hurt that the private academy has enough resources to send its team to play in the Bahamas.

"We went down there and played in a tournament that had the team (fellow top 2005 prospect) Magnum Rolle was on," Green said. "I think we beat them by about 50 or so. It was a nice trip."

Green cautions that while he has achieved success, he is far from a finished project.

"I know I have been very blessed with my skills, but I work hard every day trying to improve them," Green said. "My size allows me to shoot over anybody who is on me and my ballhandling is coming along, but I still need to work on my strength and my quickness and my defense because it is a disadvantage for me when I play the two and have to guard some really quick little guy."

Green says he is most often compared to Boston Celtic Paul Pierce, but he thinks of another player.

"They say that because we both look like we are moving slow and then just explode on you," Green said. "But I think I'm more like (Detroit's) Tayshaun Price. I've got long arms and can get things done outside and inside and take advantages of mismatches."

Green's Houston Elite club will be playing in the Rumble in the Bronx, the Denton Shootout, the Reebok Big Time in Las Vegas and their own tournament in Houston.

"It's going to be a pretty full summer," Green said. "We've got a lot of great players and I think we'll have a lot of success."

Green has plans to get down to a final five sometime in July and then could pull the trigger on a decision as soon as September.

"When I'm sure it is the right one I won't waste any time," Green said. "But I am going to make sure it is the right one."

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