Charlotte Signs Freshman JUCO Guard

Charlotte 49ers head coach Bobby Lutz Tuesday morning announced the signing of 6-0, 160 lb. combo guard Derrio Green (Panama City, Fla./Gulf Coast C.C./Mosley H.S.) to a National Letter of Intent and Grant-In Aid Scholarship to play basketball with the 49ers in 2009-10.

Derrio Green, who averaged 13.6 points and 5.2 assists in his one season at Gulf Coast Community College, will have three years of eligibility with the 49ers. An athletic guard, Green had a 2.10 Assist-to-Turnover ratio and shot .479 (156-326 FG) from the field and .442 (76-172 3FG) from three-point range.

He scored 38 points as the Commodores toppled the nation's third-ranked junior college, Miami-Dade, in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region VIII Tournament. In that game, Green knocked down nine three-pointers and scored five points in the decisive overtime period.

"He has explosive scoring ability but he's not always looking to score," said Lutz. "Derrio is a special player because he can play the point or the two -- he's both a scorer and a point guard. He is exceptionally quick and athletic and seems to play his best in big games."

He gives the 49ers another option at point guard, where rising senior DiJuan Harris set the school record in minutes played, last year.

"It felt like home," Green said of his visit and decision to sign with Charlotte. "I was really comfortable when I went up there. The coaching staff and the players played a big part and the playing style is perfect for me. Whatever I can do to help the team win, that's what I'm going to do."