Nike Interviews: Donte Green

Another youngster that has emerged on the 2007 basketball target list is Towson Catholic (MD) forward Donte' Green. He sat down with GoBlueWolverine at the Nike All-American to discuss his recruitment at this early point in his process.

Mt. Royal (MD) Towson Catholic's Donte Green has been moving up the charts this summer thanks to his very versatile skill set. At 6-8 210 pounds, he has a very nice face-up game and an improving low-post attack. He caught our attention at the Nike All-America camp with his ability shoot and/or drive from the high post. We also noticed that he was overpowered down low at times, but what he currently lacks in strength, he makes up for with excellent athleticism. Green has both good quickness and leaping ability, which makes him a very good rebounder and shot blocker.

Michigan is just getting involved in his recruitment and GoBlueWolverine will be keeping tabs on him throughout the year. In the meantime, below is the Q&A session we conducted with this rising prospect at the Nike All-America camp.

How did last season go for you?

"I became a starter at the beginning of the season. It was a real good year. We finished second place in the Baltimore Catholic league and fifth in the state of Maryland. I averaged about 16 or 17 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists."

Is there a player in college or the pros that you compare your game to?

"I like Lamar Odom's game. Kevin Garnett's too. They do what's needed…even the stuff that people don't want to do, like hustle. I can get points, rebounds, and I block shots. I can step out and hit the jumper and I can put it on the floor a little bit. Plus I encourage my teammates."

What schools are you hearing from at this point?

"I'm hearing from Virginia, Clemson, Maryland, Georgetown, Duke, Syracuse, and Florida State the most right now."

Have you taken any visits?

"I've taken unofficial visits to Maryland and Georgetown."

Do you plan on taking any more before school starts?

"I'm looking in August to take unofficial visits to North Carolina and Connecticut. My man Rudy Gay from Baltimore is up there, so I'm going to go up there and chill with him for a while."

Were you a fan of any particular school growing up?

"Actually I was a big fan of North Carolina when I was little. A cousin of mine went there. But right now that's not a big thing. I'm really open to anybody."

Will distance from home be a factor?

"Oh no. I was actually born in Germany. I lived overseas half of my life. I've just been back in the states for four years. I'm used to traveling and used to being away from home. That's actually kind of fun to me."

What are going to be the most significant factors in your decision?

"The college campus, the education, and the coaching staff. I'll also look at how I gel with the players."

Do you have a timetable for choice?

"Probably just before, or early in my senior year…I'll make my decision. I'm not going to wait until the end."

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