Green coming on strong

After a stellar sophomore season at East St. John, Troy Green is embarking on another Nike Circuit run with the Red Storm. TSD caught up with the physical 2016 guard for the latest on his development and recruitment.

In the modern-day version of basketball, where short, speedy guards rule the roost, it's rare to find a developing perimeter player who not only knows how to gets his own shot but embraces physicality as a major part of his game.

Troy Green is unmistakably cut from that cloth.

A Class of 2016 three-star guard from East St. John, Green claims to check in at 190 pounds and "at least 6-3, probably closer to 6-4." Although a fairly new name on the recruiting scene, Green has already garnered a reputation around Louisiana as one of the state's toughest players.

"I like to defend the other team's best player and I like to lock him up," Green explained. "And if my team relies on me getting rebounds, even me being at 6-3, I can go in there with the big dogs and get the job done."

According to Green, that nastiness and ability to play above his height stems from his upbringing in the game. "When I was younger I really was taller than everybody, so I started playing inside from a young age," said Green. "I guess it just carried over to now."

These days Green is most often found at the two or the three, personifying the role of "slasher" to a tee. He has aspirations of playing elsewhere in the backcourt, but those desires take a backseat to improving his overall skillset.

"I'm best (out on the perimeter) because of my ball-handling, and I've always had that decision-making and I'm a good passer," said Green. "I'm trying to be a one. That's what my dream is. I'm just working hard on my game every day."

His prep squad made it to the second round of the 5A state playoffs before bowing out to East Ascension. Green's attention now turns to the Nike Circuit, where his Red Storm 16U team hopes to pick up where it left off last summer when it won the 15U national title.

"Playing with Skylar Mays, a true point, he can get you the ball whenever you need it. It's real comfortable playing with him, him and Wayde Sims," Green recalled of the experience last summer. "I played my natural position, just got buckets and we won a national championship."

Coming into this summer Green is even more optimistic about his group's chances playing alongside Malik Crowfield and Herb McGee, both of whom he has known and hooped with for years.

"We added Herb and Malik from Riverside Academy. I've been playing with them since I was around six years old, so we've really got chemistry already," continued Green. "Since Wayde and Skylar play together, too, it's going to be nice. It's not a big deal for us to gel together. It'll take a little time, but I think we can win the 16s national championship on the Nike Circuit."

Green also spoke to the interesting dynamic of players who compete against one another in the winter having to put that aside and bond once the calendar flips to spring and summer.

"It does (get competitive) sometimes when we're playing against each other for our schools. We'll be talking trash on the court, stuff like that, but at the end of the day we're still friends," Green noted. "We can come together and have a handshake. Now that we're on the same team we're trying to achieve the same goals."

When it comes to recruiting, Green is yet to field an offer but is receiving interest from a number of Division-I programs, including several in-state.

"No offers right now, but I've got Iowa State interested as well as LSU, Tulane, UNO and some other local Louisiana schools," said Green.

His point person at LSU is head coach Johnny Jones, who has had Green on the radar since last summer when he saw him play at a summer tournament in Las Vegas. But there is one program with a distinct style of defensive play that Green called his "dream school" should his recruitment take off to another level.

"At my size, I'm long for my position. I've got a 6-5, 6-6 wingspan, so I like Syracuse a lot because it's in that zone," Green explained. "With that zone I could use my length effectively."

With his junior season close at hand, Green is on track academically. The player reports a 3.0 GPA and will take the ACT near the beginning of next school year. "I just got an ACT packet from my coach," said Green. "I've been studying for it, but I'll probably take it early in my junior year."


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