Catching up with future Cowboy Gerald Green

We feature Gerald Green, a 6-foot-8 small forward from Gulf Shores Academy in Houston, in this the third installment of a series on the five high school basketball players who signed with Oklahoma State in November.

Ken Williams, the head coach at Gulf Shores Academy, has a message for Eddie Sutton: "He's going to be very pleased with Gerald and the way he's playing. He's taking care of business."

Green is averaging 34 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists a game in leading Gulf Shores Academy to a 24-4 record Gulf Shores is an independent team that has played in tournaments in Florida, New Mexico, Missouri and the Bahamas this season.

"We play a powerhouse schedule," Williams said. "It's probably the No. 1 schedule in the country. So he plays the whole game and doesn't get much rest. And I play him at all positions – the 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 – in almost every game. He can do it all."

Williams said Green's best game of the season came against Blue Ridge (Va.) High School. The 6-8 Green scored 50 points in Gulf Shores' 69-50 victory.

"I wanted him to score 80," Williams said, "but he's an unselfish kind of guy and started passing to his teammates. It was amazing to see. He was coming off the pick and hitting his open shots and making his free throws. I really think he could have scored 80 that night."

That's the reason NBA scouts are at every one of Green's games. "Toronto and the Boston Celtics are living down here," Williams said. "He's exactly what they're looking for."

But Williams believes that Green will wind up playing at Oklahoma State.

"He's going to go to Oklahoma State for at least a year or two," Williams said. "He feels there are some things he needs to improve on in his game. But if he's like LeBron James and is the number one pick in the draft ... well that's a no-brainer.

"I feel Oklahoma State came in and got a steal in Gerald Green. Gerald is on a whole other planet (when it comes to playing basketball)."

Williams says as good a player as Green is on the basketball court he's even a better person off it.

Green, who has been named the MVP in five tournaments already this season, was named the most valuable player of the Toyota Boys Invitational in which Gulf Shores won the title this past December in Farmington, N.M.

"But he gave it away," Williams said. "The guy is unbelievable. He gave it to one of his teammates. I wouldn't give an MVP away to anybody, but he wanted Chris Blaylock to have it. He said that he came in (off the bench), played hard and deserved the (MVP) trophy, so he gave it to him.

"I'm happy to have him on my team. He's been a blessing."

Next: Byron Eaton, 5-10 point guard from Lincoln H.S. in Dallas

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