It’s the idea that teams, coaches and general managers can identify strategies used by others and incorporate them as their own, building on a design that brought success to those others in the first place.
In that same vein, 2016 three-star Troy Green has seen the template he likes, one that produced a great result for an in-state player a year older than him with whom Green shares some similarities.
That player is 2015 St. Michael (Baton Rouge) swingman Jacob Evans, who this past summer was one of the biggest risers in the country following a series of head-turning performances on the AAU circuit. Evans grew into a four-star prospect after making the best of his exposure and is now signed on to play at Cincinnati.
“This spring and summer I’m going to be running with Louisiana Dynasty and coach Clarence White,” Green told TSD. “I like what he did with Jacob Evans last year and how he blew up on the circuit. After last summer all the colleges were coming after him and stuff like that. I already have a name for myself, really. I just want to build up on my stock and be able to go to all the camps and make a bigger name.”
Green, who plays his prep ball at 5A school East St. John, has grown a half inch in the last year, now standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing 200 pounds. His game is different than Evans’ (Green has better handles while Evans is a more consistent shooter, for one), but he and Evans, 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, do share one major bond on the floor – they’re both physically imposing and a load for opposing players to defend.
“From last year I made a big improvement on the ball, being a point man,” explained Green. “Coach puts the ball in my hand a lot. That’s helped me grow my game and make better decisions. Honestly I think I’m the best scorer in the class in the state. I don’t think anyone can basically stay in front of me.
“(At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds) I think I’m a matchup problem in Louisiana high school ball. On the circuit I’m hoping that’ll benefit me a lot too, being that I’m a big guard, strong, can get into the paint and penetrate to score or find open teammates. I could be a combo guard I guess, but it doesn’t really matter to me. Whatever my team needs me to do.”
While Green’s game has blossomed, so too has the list of interested college programs since TSD last interviewed Green in April.
As he attempts to make an Evans-like rise, Green has a goal. He intends to grow his offer sheet from six to a minimum of 15 by summer’s end. Green also knows what he’ll be looking for in a program when the time comes.
“I want to major in computer science, so I’ll look to see if a school has that available,” Green said. “I’d also like to have a good relationship with my coach. That’s big, being able to play for a coach that believes in you and having a good relationship with him. That’s number one for me. And I’d like to go somewhere that I can play. I would like to start, but if I can get playing time as a freshman that would help me achieve my goals on the next level. As far as style of play, I like fast pace and getting up and down in transition, but I’ve been working a lot more lately on halfcourt offense.”
But Green assured he doesn’t waste much time thinking about recruiting in-season.
“I put it on the backburner. I’ll cut my list after the summer is over, sometime in the fall,” he continued. “Then I’ll focus in on the schools I want to attend, who they’re bringing in, what they’re doing with their program and the best situation for me and my family.”
His junior season to date has gone well. Green was on the all-tournament team at the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Tournament, helping ESJ beat Brother Martin on its own court for the title. His Wildcats are currently first in their division (7-5A) with the state playoffs soon approaching.
“This year I’ve stepped more into a leadership role,” Green explained. “Last year we had a senior, our big man in the middle (Edwin Winston) was our leader. But this year I’ve stepped more into a vocal role, getting teammates better involved. I’ve scored the ball a little more too this year and rebounded to set the tone at the beginning of the game so other players can follow.”
Now he’s hoping to follow in the footsteps of Evans, making waves in his own way via a proven playbook.