Better than advertised?
That might be the case with Hoosier freshman Devonte Green. The 6-foot-3, 186 pounder from New York was unranked by many of the well known recruiting services but has not played that way this fall. At least according his his fellow New Yorker on the team, sophomore center Thomas Bryant.
"I feel like Devonte will surprise people," Bryant said last Thursday at Big Ten Media Day. "I played with him for awhile and I see the talent in him. I saw it ever since we played AAU together. He'll surprise a lot of people because he has a lot of talent."
Despite being the younger brother of long time NBA guard Danny Green, Devonte didn't get the hype of fellow NYC area guards in his class like Rawle Alkins and Mustapha Heron. Being out in Long Island where he played at Lutheran High might have played a part of being under the radar.
"I think they were just overlooking him," Bryant said. "I know that mindset of being overlooked by other people. I know he's going to bring a lot to us this year. I can't wait for him to bring it out."
He does bring that New York guard swagger to practice according to junior James Blackmon Jr.
"He has a lot of confidence in himself," Blackmon said. "He's not going to shy away from anyone. I love that about him. In practice he's getting the most out of me. He's trying to prove himself as a player and I love that."
Enough confidence to help fill the Yogi Ferrell void at point guard?
"He's someone that could definitely help with the point," Blackmon said. "He can handle the ball. It's just being able to get others involved. Whoever does that the best will handle the ball."
And he'll dunk on people as sophomore forward OG Anunoby already found out this year. Bryant address what has become he most talked about slam by a Hoosier since Yogi Ferrell surprised everyone with one last offseason.
"That dunk came out of nowhere and everybody got hyped," Bryant said. "I think it was adrenaline for Devonte and I don't think OG saw it coming, but it happened."
He's also making his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball based on what head coach Tom Crean had to say on Thursday.
"Devonte Green right now is second on deflections on the team in about 10 or 11 practices," Crean said.
Watch Thomas Bryant talk about his fellow New Yorker: