When Rodney Green entered La Salle from Prep Charter in 2006 he was filled with athleticism and scoring ability. He was however, learning a new position. They say point guards are born and not made. For a while it seemed that theory was absolute. Green struggled at times plagued by bad decisions, poor defense, and the inability to garner the respect as floor leader. Through it all his coach, Dr. John Giannini remained faithful and to a point stubborn about his insistance that Green was a point guard. That faith was rewarded as Green turned in his finest season as an Explorer averaging a team best 17.8 points per game as well as dishing out a team high 3.4 assists to go along with grabbing 5 boards a game. He filled the stat sheet up almost every night and did it with consistency as the year progressed. He improved every phase of his game this year including his ability to hit the outside shot. Green finished the year shooting over 34% from 3 point range. That improved accuracy from the perimeter now allows him to force a defender to guard him from the outside where he can blow by most or force them to play off of him where he now can just rise up and drain the outside shot. Perhaps the biggest improvement has been his decision-making. He rarely forces the ball to teamates and lets the game come to him. In addition he has a better feel for getting the ball in teamates hands where they can score the basketball.
Better days lie ahead for the La Salle basketball program. While Giannini gets the credit for turning the program around truth be told he couldn't do it without Rodney Green. A good program needs good players, good leaders, and good people. Rodney Green fits all three of those qualities. Given his improvement every year in the program one has to think a more experience team in 2009-2010 led by an even better Rodney Green could have the magical season Explorer fans have been pining for.
Congratulations to the 2008-2009 ExplorerHoopReport.com Player of the Year....Rodney Green.
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