Point Guard Headed To SEC

Taurean Green, an outstanding point guard and the son of Florida Atlantic Coach Sidney Green, is off the board. Just this week, Green opted to play his college basketball in the SEC.

Billy Donovan is a big fan of kids who work hard. Guys who put in the time in the gym to work on their games score big points with the coach.

This week, the Florida Gators received their first commitment from the Class of 2004. Taurean Green, a point guard from IMG Academy, committed to play his college ball in Gainesville on Tuesday.

"I love the coaching staff there," Green said. "They were up front and honest with me and they told me the situation."

Green's ready for his role on the Gators and he's keeping it simple. "Just to go in play my game and just run the team and work hard. That's basically my job. Our goal is to win championships."

The guard's basketball pedigree is a good one. His father Sidney was a pro and is now the head coach at Florida Atlantic. So, that begs the question: will father get to coach against his son?

"No. Not a chance," the eldest Green joked.

While dad isn't quite ready to schedule the Gators again, he is quick with the praise for Donovan and his staff. "I wanted him to look at all his options. His ultimate goal was to play for an upcoming program with a great coach. Coach Donovan fit all the qualities that he and his mother and I wanted in a coach.

"Taurean feels good about this situation. He really likes [Donovan] and he's been up front and honest with him from day one."

And while dad couldn't be happier about his son's choice, Taurean is relieved to see the process end. "I'm going to feel more relaxed on the circuit. I won't have to be kicking myself in the head if I have a bad game."

At 21 points and 9 assists a game as a junior at IMG, the bad games were few and far between.


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