Saginaw guard Mike Green just put up 29 points in the boy's basketball championship game. But catching a football might be the more likely path in his future.
Green says Cleveland State, Ohio, Western Michigan, Central Michigan and other mid-majors are looking at him for basketball. But for football, he's drawing eyeballs from Big Ten schools. He says Michigan State, Iowa and Michigan are among those showing interest in him as a wide receiver.
Green says football has become more of a focus and he's giving the prospect of playing on the gridiron at the next level more attention. He went so far as to stop playing summer ball in the AAU.
"I'm not doing that this year," he says. "I'm just going to work out." The talented 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior is ranked as the state's number 41 football prospect for 2009 by MichiganVarsity.com.
Last year Green made it to East Lansing for an MSU football camp. He showed his skills to the staff, and hopes to do so again this summer, because he says he has much more speed than he showed. He says he knows the 4.8 he ran in the 40 was high, but points to the manner in which it was recorded as a problem.
"I know I'm faster than that. I mean, I need a motivator, I need to race against somebody or something. … I need benefits to run real fast," he says with a chuckle.
One of Green's basketball teammates at Saginaw, Draymond Green, is already committed to play for Tom Izzo and the Spartans next season. When asked if Draymond's presence on campus would help in a transition to college if the Spartans pony-up an offer, Green succinctly said, "Yes, it would."
Green keeps himself busy in his spare time with drawing and sees himself using that skill in a future career. "I planned on being an architect, but I'm not sure anymore. Something in that field, though," he says.
As for his football skills, Green points to the simplicity of the game and competition as reasons to love the fall.
"I just like to run and catch the ball," he says. "And beat the defender."
Stay tuned to GSN for updates on Green's recruitment.
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