A Rising Star In Class of 2015

Tupelo (MS) High School combo guard Antonio Green is a rising star among Mississippi's class of 2015.

  • Name: Antonio Green
  • Classification: 2015
  • High School: Tupelo (MS) High School
  • Position: Combo Guard
  • HT: 6-1.5, WT: 165
  • Scout.com Ranking: NR
  • Schools of Interest: Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss

  • Green, who plays his AAU ball with the marcrowe program based in Jackson, MS, unofficially visited Mississippi State this past weekend, one of at least three schools that are already showing interest in the talented guard.

    "Mississippi State, Alabama have shown interest and I'm sure Ole Miss has because he went there unofficially during the summer," said Tupelo High School head basketball coach Jeff Norwood. "But the (coaches) that have been the most involved in him would probably be Mississippi State. He went to a camp down there so they have had an opportunity to see him play. I'm not sure how involved Alabama has been with him or when they first saw him play but I know they've shown some interest and had him come over there and take a look around. There are other (schools) out there that know about him but I don't know how involved they have been with him."

    Norwood definitely thinks Green's future on the college level will be on the level of the SEC.

    "I definitely think he can play in the SEC," he said. "I think he is a high-major player as long as he stays on the same path that he is on right now and continues to work hard. Although he's not tall - he's probably 6-1 to 6-2 - he's quick and has long arms. He's not an obsessive jumper but he jumps quick and he moves quick. He changes direction really fast."

    While he's athletic enough to play on the high-major collegiate level, it's another attribute of his that Norwood likes the most about him.

    "The thing that I like the most about him is his passion for the game," said the first-year Tupelo High head coach. "During my time with him, if I open the gym he is going to show up shortly after you open it and he will stay there until you have to ask him to leave. That is what I think a really good player is made of."

    Norwood also likes his offensive game.

    "I think what I see the most and really like is that his motor is really running on the offensive end," he said. "He feels like he can score on anybody and any team. He is very eager to get the ball inbounds and then prove that he can do it. There is something about him that causes him to want to perfect his offense, whether it be a floating shot, a stop and pull up or whatever shot it may be. His ball-handling has also gotten a lot better since I was first around him."

    But as you would expect from a player just now going into his 10th grade year, there is a lot that Green still needs to work on.

    "He's still a little immature, which is what you would expect from someone who is just a 10th grader," said Norwood. "I'm referring more to understanding how important playing on the (defensive) end is. He plays defense and he does it very well when that is what is on his mind. I think, as he gets older and realizes it makes it easier to win, he will become a better defender."

    Although he plays guard, which guard spot he winds up playing on the next level is still in the developmental stage.

    "I think he would best be described as a combo guard right now," said Norwood. "He likes to have the ball in his hand which leans him more to the point guard side but he can also score. Sometimes being a scoring point guard hurts the team effort but being a point guard who can score is always good."

    Keep it on Scout.com and GenesPage.com as we continue to follow the progress of this talented member of the Mississippi class of 2015.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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