Wesley Green - Truly Blessed

When talking with DePaul Blue Demons sophomore center Wesley Green, one word is heard repeatedly - "blessed". Green truly feels blessed for the opportunity that he has to play basketball and earn an education at DePaul. "I'm just blessed to be back at DePaul," said Wesley. "Everything is a blessing right now."

Wes Green has worked extremely hard all summer long to improve. At the start of the summer, Green weighed over 300 pounds. Through diet and conditioning, Green got down all the way to 278 pounds at one point during the summer. He has since worked with DePaul Strength and Conditioning Coach Tim Lang to put on more muscle mass and is up to around 285 lbs.

"Right now, I feel like this is the best physically that I've been at DePaul," remarked Wesley. "We're getting up every morning at 6:30 for conditioning as a team. We're running real hard. At nighttime I go work out again. Me and my roommate, a walk-on named Jeremy Jones, go work out again at nighttime. We work on my jump shot and we run together. I put in extra work so I can be what I'm trying to be."

Green credits new Blue Demons coach Jerry Wainwright for giving him the motivation and discipline to make that sort of improvement. "Coach Wainwright is actually a blessing in disguise. I was just blessed that he came along. He's a good guy. We have a mutual friendship with my godfather who he knows very well for the last 20 years. We sat down and discussed what I need to do as a player and all the different things to do as a person and become a man. I really connected with Coach Wainwright at a personal level more than a basketball level."

Wesley's godfather is Delaney Rudd. That name might be familiar to Blue Demons fans. Rudd played at Wake Forest with Green's father Kenny. In the second round of the NCAA tournament in 1984, in what would be legendary DePaul coach Ray Meyer's final game, Rudd hit a shot at the buzzer in regulation that tied the game and sent it to overtime where the Demon Deacons scored a 73-71 victory over DePaul.

At one point during the summer, Green considered leaving DePaul and enrolled at Daytona Beach (Florida) Community College. It wasn't long before Wesley heard Chicago calling him home. "It was a decision that I had in my head from previous circumstances," related Wesley. "I was making more of an emotional decision than a mature decision. When I sat down and thought about everything, I felt like DePaul was the best place for me academically-wise and athletically-wise. It's just a blessing."

For now Wesley continues with his studies and working out with his teammates at open gyms. "Open gym is great," exclaimed Wes. "We're competing. We are starting to add stuff that we learned in individuals from Coach Wainwright. We're adding that stuff into our system. Everybody's hungry right now. Everybody's trying to prove everybody wrong. My teammates are working hard. Cliff's (Clinkscales) come back and he's shooting better. Sammy (Mejia) is working harder than ever. I think we're going to be special when it's all said and done."

It's safe to say that Green is happy to be a Blue Demon. "It's been just so great to be around DePaul, from Ms. (Athletic Director Jean Lenti) Ponsetto all the way down to (Sports Information Director) Scott Reed. Scott Reed, ever since day one was pushing me, telling me to stay focused. ‘It's going to be all right. Better days are ahead.' Finally, better days are here."

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