The 2019 recruiting class is starting to take shape and one of the recruits that landed in Scout’s 2019 top 60 last week was Mesa (Ariz.) Hillcrest Academy guard Josh Green.
A 6-foot-6 long, lanky wing, Green has a wide range of strengths and impacts the game for Hillcrest in a variety of ways. As the season nears its end, Green is averaging just over 18 points a game.
“His strength is that he is probably the best defensive player in the country, especially on the ball,” Hillcrest coach Nick Weaver said. “He is a ball hawk at 6-6 and one thing about him besides being athletic is that he is very long. He has close to a 6-11 wingspan we measured.”
“Just real long arms and defensively he’s a monster, he’s very good at getting to the basket and finishing in traffic,” he added. “He’s just a really good athlete, a really good athlete.”
Green, who ranks as the No. 39 overall prospect in the class, is already a popular name among college coaches. Green currently holds scholarship offers from Arizona State, who offered this week, Arizona, California, TCU and UNLV. Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Stanford and North Carolina are also showing interest.
Green took a recent unofficial visit to Arizona for their game against UCLA. He’s also been on unofficial visits to Indiana and TCU.
Despite all the early interest, Green isn’t close to making a college decision.
“This spring, I think in summer I think he is really going to splash on the scene because he has developed a lot this year, a lot and he’s continuing to develop,” Weaver said. “So I think this spring and summer it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s not in the Top 10 or 15 at the end of the summer. I think he’s going to have a huge spring and summer.”
According to Weaver, Green is planning to play on the Under Armour circuit with Earl Watson Elite.