Rashad Green Finishes IS8 Career

Reporter Mike Sullivan finalizes his thoughts on Rashad Green's individual game ...

It was going to end soon anyway. But the high school/prep/IS8 career of Rashad Green finally ended last weekend in South Jamaica, New York when the New York Panthers lost a heartbreaker to Mount Vernon in the quarterfinals.

Green, a 6-foot-3 guard/forward, was solid throughout the game. He showed his versatility too. When Panthers lead guard Josh Watkins was sent to the bench with foul trouble, Green did a very respectable job in being the floor general.

Green recorded 15 points and had several sweet passes to cutting teammates for easy layups. His dribble-drive penetration was very effective too. Though he had a late turnover, this shouldn't detract for the game he had against Mount Vernon. Rashad did a terrific job for the Panthers.

Rashad has always had a big supporter in New York Panthers program director Gary Charles. And Charles is smart. Green is going to be a terrific division one player for Manhattan.

Green has the speed and quick first step to get past his defender and to the basket. Over the past couple of years, Rashad has worked hard on improving his perimeter game. Green's first three baskets Sunday against Mount Vernon in the quarterfinal playoff game were from the perimeter. So this area has definitely improved.

Could it get better? Of course. But significant strides have been made and Green is very worthy of the scholarship offer he took from Manhattan. Rashad will be able to have a big impact there too.

A lefty who is athletic as well, Rashad Green's career at IS8 if finished. But, for the next four years, you'll likely to read about him as he starts competing for Manhattan in the 2007-2008 season.

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