Catching Up With Wesley Green

With the start of the DePaul men's college basketball season right around the corner, WeAreDePaul.com's Scott Phillips catches up with Blue Demons big man Wesley Green in this interview.

As the season quickly approaches questions are lingering from the minds of DePaul fans. One question fans are always asking is, "How is Wesley Green going to play this year?" Green, the 6'9" junior center from Eustis, Florida has seen injuries and off the court problems derail his success in previous seasons, but this year Wes is determined to answer his critics and help contribute to a winning team.

Wesley Green is a very popular and well-liked student at DePaul. When walking around campus it's hard to ignore Green's smile as he is usually cracking jokes, and keeping everyone in a good mood. While Green may be a comedian off the court, he has worked extremely hard this off-season to ensure his success on the court.

"I spent this summer working real hard on my body," said Green. "I'm bench pressing 410 pounds now, and I've really gained a lot of strength to help my game. Pretty much the whole team is benching above 300 pounds now."

In addition to working on the physical elements of his game, Green also cited the team's improvement in the mental portion of basketball as a key element to success this season. "Everybody is definitely more focused about everything this season. It was hard last year because we were close in so many of those games. Everyone saw we were losing by only 4 or 6 points. This year we have to make the plays to win," said Wes.

Wesley also talked about his frustrating foot injury that sidelined him for parts of last season. While many players in his position might give up, Green was determined to get back onto the court. Even though Wesley was often seen wearing a walking cast on his leg, he still got back onto the court to help out his team as quickly as he could.

"Last season was tough," said Green. "I got into a good rhythm and all the sudden it was all messed up. It's hard to go from having a good game, to being hurt."

Blue Demons coach Jerry Wainwright also recognizes the importance of having a big man like Wes. "It would be great to have a healthy Wesley Green all year. He becomes a really pivotal guy. He gives us a different kind of option," said Wainwright.

Although Green was out with the foot injury, he has assured everyone that he is completely healthy and ready to play. "This year I am definitely physically and mentally prepared to play," said Green. "I've worked hard in the off season, and winning is the most important thing to me. I'm ready to play everybody."

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