2011 Guard Picks Texas A&M

Coach Mark Turgeon and the Texas A&M basketball staff quietly added to its future this weekend with a surprise commitment from a Class of 2011 shooting guard from the state of Texas. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop interviewed basketball's latest commitment

While college basketball programs are scheduling official visits in the stretch run of the 2010 recruiting class, Coach Mark Turgeon and the Texas A&M basketball staff quietly added to its future this weekend with a surprise commitment from Class of 2011 shooting guard Jordan Green from Flower Mound Marcus (TX). The 6-foot-4, 160-pound wiry athlete was offered shortly after taking an unofficial visit to College Station last week.

"The facilities were great and I liked the Bright Academic Center. The traditions and the feeling I got when I was there was what I was looking for," Green said. "I like Coach Turgeon's no-nonsense approach and his Elite camp was run so well. It was all about drills and developing the players' skills. I'm all about business and working hard. Our styles fit."

You won't find Green on any national lists – yet. The shooting guard came off the bench for Flower Mound Marcus last year as a sophomore averaging over eight points a game for a talented squad and he didn't get the national exposure on the AAU circuit playing for the Dallas Heroes. The squad disbanded midway through the AAU season and missed the high profile Las Vegas event. However, the junior-to-be turned heads with several breakout performances late in the summer, especially at the Deron Williams Camp that hosted the top players in the nation. Green attributes his hard work and improved outside shot for his success this summer.

"This was my first year with a big AAU program, and I focused on my stroke. I was a sidewinder," Green said. "I worked on my form and I went to the gym every night with my dad and practiced 1000 shots a day. I'm now confident shooting from anywhere on the floor."

Several schools started to take notice, including Coach Turgeon who had seen Green several times at these camps during the July evaluation period. The guard caught the attention of the staff at A&M's Elite camp, but it was his enhanced play at the July camps that wowed the Aggies.

"On my unofficial visit, Coach Turgeon told me they only recruit guys who can shoot and they thought I showed a good stroke," Green said. "They also like my length and versatility. I will play mostly point guard in the fall, but in the summer I was working at both guard positions and the wing. They are recruiting me as a shooting guard."

Only 15 years-old and weighing scant 160 pounds, the Flower Mound product recently visited the doctor who estimated his patient will eventually stand 6-foot-7 by the time he hits the Reed Arena court in more than two years. Green realizes that he needs to improve his overall strength and foot speed, but says that his length is a big advantage on defense.

"My length is a big plus on defense. I have a 6-foot-9 wingspan and it's hard for players to get around me," Green said. "But I know I must get quicker to stay with Big 12 guards. It will be a challenge and I'm looking forward to it."

Green joins highly-regarded lead guard Jamal Branch, who committed to the Aggies over a year ago. That gives Texas A&M two prospects in the 2011 class that will improve Turgeon's backcourt when they arrive on campus in two years.

."If you look at the history of Final Four teams, they have great backcourt play," Green said. "Jamal is a great guard, and hopefully I'll contribute as a shooting guard. The coaches said they are looking to close out our class strong with a wing and a post, and if that happens we should be a Final Four caliber team."

Green indicated that his commitment ends the recruiting process. He will be coming to College Station on September 5 for the first football game and hopes to make it for several basketball games throughout the season. "I want to get to know the players on the team," Green said. "I hope we'll get to play some pick-up games and hang out.

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