Midway through his eighth grade year, 2019 shooting guard prospect Josh Green and his family -- including older brother Jay Green (playing for Hillcrest Prep's post-grad basketball team, now) -- picked up and moved from their native Australia, and headed to Mesa, Ariz. -- including Jay (18), Green's younger brother (12), younger sister (5) and parents.
"My brother was trying to get in front of the schools that were looking at him for basketball recruiting, and my dad got a job out here," Green said.
Jay was the first over, playing in several tournaments with Arizona Power AAU two summers ago, and was then followed by the rest of the clan.
Last week, the younger Green hauled in his first high-major offer, after California's Cuonzo Martin watched him practice last week and throughout the summer, and, after seeing what Scout has seen in recent months, extended a scholarship.
"I've been learning about them, and I'm just thankful for the opportunity," Green said. "I know they have high academics, and a high-major basketball program."
Green paid a lot of attention to the Bears during this last season, particularly to No. 3 overall NBA Draft pick Jaylen Brown, but he didn't get a chance to see them when Cal headed to his old stomping grounds last summer. He was already State-side, but he did pay attention to the trip: "I read all about it, and thought it was really cool."
Being a 2019 prospect, contact is severely limited for Green and the Bears, who cannot call Green, but can receive calls from him, and can exchange unlimited texts.
"I called him when he offered me, but we haven't gotten to talk much," Green said. "He likes how I can play at point guard, and thinks that I can be a point guard, bring the ball up the court. I watched them all last year with Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb and everyone, and I like the way I play. I think I could fit in pretty well. I'm a wing now, but the coaches feel that I could be a one, and my coaches are going to help me with that. I'm still going to play the two and three, but I'm going to do some point guard stuff, like bringing the ball up the floor."
Of course, the Bears are already a cosmopolitan hodgepodge, with Kingsley Okoroh (Great Britain), Brandon Chauca (of Filipino and Peruvian heritage), Roger Moute a Bidias (Cameroon), Grant Mullins (Canada), Roman Davis (Dominican Republic) and Stephen Domingo (Nigeria) with international backgrounds (Domingo's father was born in Nigeria, he has dual citizenship, while Davis's maternal side hails from the Dominican). Being from overseas, education is important to Green, who holds a 3.7 GPA.
Playing for the Earl Watson AAU program, after a year playing with the Oakland Soldiers, Green is also familiar with two Cal 2017 commits in Jemarl Baker and Juhwan Harris-Dyson, as well as Bears target Ira Lee, though he hasn't broached the topic of Cal quite yet. He has observed what his older brother, Jay, has gone through, as a recruit, accompanying him on an unofficial visit to Arizona State.
The Bears are so far Green's best offer, but it shouldn't be long before other schools start seeing what Martin saw.
"Josh Green is a wing with good size and length, is a plus athlete, has a nice feel and passes the ball well and can score off the bounce or with his jumper," Scout Basketball Recruiting Analyst Josh Gershon told BearTerritory. "He's on his way to being a Pac-12 prospect."null