Roundball: Danny Green Spotlight

CHICAGO -- Most kids who are selected to All-Star games like the Roundball Classic or the McDonald's All-American Game are satisfied enough with all of the free gear and time off from school they get. While future North Carolina Tar Heel <A HREF=[PlayerNode:786648]>Danny Green</A> likes those things too, what he likes even more is competing, improving -- and winning.

After being named co-MVP for the East squad during Tuesday night's game with a solid 15-point, nine-rebound, three-block and three-steal effort, the 6-6 wing from Manhasset (N.Y.) St. Mary's had mixed feelings about his Roundball Classic experience.

"When we first got here it was a lot of fun, they show you a lot of love here and treat you really nice," said Green of the Roundball. "I think we came together a little bit and everybody became friends, but the game tonight, I'm not too happy about that."

A competitor who wants to win in any game he plays (after all, his high school team lost only one game all season), Green was happy to have won an MVP trophy but was still disappointed in his team's 136-119 loss to the West and didn't feel that he played up to his capabilities.

"I just wanted to perform really well and do the best that I could," said Green. "I think I did alright, I don't think I played as best as I could and I could do better but I played pretty well."

"I was surprised (to get the MVP), I didn't think I was going to get it. I didn't think I did that much. Yeah I hustled, but I didn't think I had that many points or whatever."

The game also gave Green a chance to run with a future teammate in 6-3 combo guard Bobby Frasor from Chicago (Ill.) Brother Rice. Green enjoyed the opportunity to get to know Frasor a little better on and off the court.

"It was fun, we got to know each other being roommates we got to talk a lot and watch the games together and have some fun," said Green. "We tried to talk about the (UNC) games a little bit and tried to watch their game Sunday but the Illinois game came on instead."

On Wednesday Green will return home to New York but he won't have much time before he's on the move again. He's going to look into making a road trip up to Syracuse to watch North Carolina on Friday, will try to fit in some workouts and get ready to leave on Saturday for the McDonald's All-American game in South Bend, Ind.

"The same way as here, I'm going to try and have fun and perform the best that I can," said Green. "As soon as I get home I'm going to try and stay focused, maybe get some workouts in, get some shots up and just try and head out there and have fun."

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