Big East Calls On Jacob Green

Jacob Green is heading to the Big East. The 6-foot-9 power forward out of Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga, made his pick this week.

The West Virginia Mountaineers took out their crystal ball, peered into the future, saw what they liked in Gonzaga's 6-foot-9 big man Jacob Green and accepted a commitment from the D.C. standout.

Green, who averaged a mere 5 points and 4 rebounds as a junior, had a breakout summer and was pursued by (and visited) George Washington and Fordham.

"He played minimal minutes (as a junior), Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner said. "He's a kid that if he continues to do the things he did in pre-season, he's a double-double guy for us. We're going to need him to do that."

Turner, like many feels that Green's best basketball lies ahead of him. His defining moment and his personal litmus test occurred at the NBA Players Camp where he had a strong showing and developed the confidence needed to crank his game up another notch.

"His best basketball is still ahead of him. I think the one thing that is going to happen for him is that once he develops his body and gets physically stronger, you'll see the skills he has on display – he'll be able to body the bigger guys.

"As he gets stronger, he'll be able to get that off. His last six months in terms of his growth and development as a player have been amongst the biggest I've seen in that span in a long time."

West Virginia operates under the same type of system Gonzaga often likes to employ so the transition – from a basketball standpoint – should be rather seamless.

"He felt comfortable and we play a similar style," Turner said. "It was a good fit in terms of being able to come in and grasp the system right away."

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