Green Getting Big 12 Interest

Quality and quantity comes to mind when trying to describe the Jayhawks 2005 recruiting targets.  Add Gerald Green to a growing list of guys Kansas is considering for their next class.

Gerald Green is an emerging wing player who hails from Houston.  His 6'8" 195 lb. frame is one of the many reasons why Division I coaches are interested.  Toss in an eye opening jump shot and improving defensive skills and you have the resume of a potential super star at the next level.

The Big 12 Conference is well represented for this lone star state talent.  Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Kansas State have shown significant interest, so has Virginia, Alabama, Miami, and Arizona State.  Green has thoroughly enjoyed the recruiting process.  "It's great and I'm loving the entire process.  I am very fortunate to have this opportunity.  I am thankful everyday for it."

At the present time, Green says that KSU and Arizona State are recruiting him the hardest.  However, the senior to be wing player likes the Jayhawks as well.  "Kansas has called my coach, and I've talked to them a couple of times.  I know they are stacked, but playing time is not the most important thing to me."

PT means quite a bit to just about everybody, Green shares what is at the top of his list.  "I want to win championships.  If I work hard, playing time will be there." 

Green is quickly moving up player rankings because of his strong work ethic.  "I train with John Lucas (Sr.).  It's a tough work out, but it makes me a lot better.  I like taking on tough competition, it makes me better."  Oklahoma State has offered Green, but the Houston talent claims it's all business when working out with Lucas Sr despite his son playing for the pokes.  "It's a pretty good school, but he doesn't say too much about it."

Oklahoma has picked up players from the state of Texas in the past.  Green describes why he likes the Sooners.  "Coach Sampson is a real good coach.  He's probably one of the best in America."  Another factor which is a plus for OU is the fact that Green's grandmother lives just 15 miles North of Norman in Oklahoma City.

Basketball minds have compared Green to Orlando Magic star Tracy Mc Grady when he was in high school.  The comparison between the two stars humbles Green.  "I couldn't wear T-Mac's socks when he was in high school.  I look at him, Kobe Bryant, and Paul Pierce.  I try to make my game like theirs because they are tall wings and that's what I want to be."

Green continues to improve his game thanks to hard work.  Schools are going to have to work hard to land this up and comer. Top Stories