Minnesota’s most recent scholarship offer went to 2018 guard A.J. Green of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Green is ranked as the 87th best prospect in the country for his grade and last weekend visited Minnesota unofficially.
While on that visit Green received a scholarship offer from Richard Pitino and the Gopher program.
“Right away I was kind of surprised they offered me,” Green said. “It’s a way to keep being motivated, something to work hard for so I can maybe get more looks from high major programs and maybe more scholarship offers.
“I really like the Minnesota program a lot. I have a good relationship with Coach Ben Johnson there and the rest of the staff. Coach made it sound like they should be really good next year so that will be interesting to watch.”
Green was at Minnesota last year for a football game and an unofficial visit so this is his second unofficial visit to the program.
“Saturday morning I got to campus and I went to watch the players workout,” said Green. “They did some conditioning and lifting stuff.
“Then I talked to Coach Richard Pitino and the staff. I had a good talk with them for awhile. Then after that I went with the team, hung out, and watched the football game against Colorado State.”
Green is no stranger to Minnesota as his part of his family roots are in the Twin Cities. AJ’s father Kyle Green is in his 12th year as an assistant coach at Northern Iowa but before coaching there (as well as at Marquette, Lewis University, and UW-Eau Claire) Green began his basketball career in Minnesota.
Coach Green went to school at Minneapolis Washburn High, St. Thomas University, and Hamline where he played. Green also coached at Hamline and Southwest Minnesota State.
A.J. has never lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area but he has been here many times.
“My grandparents live only ten minutes away from the University of Minnesota campus,” A.J. said. “I’m up in the Twin Cities a lot and if I went to Minnesota I would already be used to being in the area.
“Also, Coach Ben Johnson used to be an assistant at Northern Iowa where my father coaches so I have known him for awhile.”
The 6-foot-1, 170 pound Green has earned offers from Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, North Dakota, and now Minnesota. There are several other high major programs calling the four star prospect as well.
“I’ve been talking to Nebraska, Wisconsin, I’ve had one of the Stanford coaches come to my open gym last week, and I talked to their head coach this week, and I talk to Northern Iowa pretty much every night almost, and that’s about it really,” Green said.
With his father able to supply a different type of advice and wisdom than most recruits are able to receive Green does have a nice advantage.
“It helps a lot because my dad is always giving me tips on things I should say, how to go about it, how to think about things that are a part of recruiting, so it really helps me a lot that he has the experience he does,” said Green.
As a sophomore at Cedar Falls Green averaged 17.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and three assists a game shooting 47.3 percent from the floor, 44 percent from the arc on 157 attempts, and 90 percent from the foul line on 90 attempts.