A classic line from the movie “Hoosiers” now applies to Devonte Green: “Welcome to Indiana basketball.”
Green, a 6-3 senior guard on the Long Island Lutheran boys basketball team, committed to Indiana University last night.
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“They play the kind of style of play that my high school team plays,” Green said last night. “Push the ball, real fast pace, a run-and-gun kind of offense. It’s a good fit.”
The North Babylon product has thrived in that style of play with his ability to score inside and out, averaging 20.2 points per game this season for the 9-1 Crusaders. Green — the younger brother of Danny Green of the San Antonio Spurs — was Newsday’s Nassau Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2014 and a first-team All-Long Island selection last season after leading Lutheran in points per game (16.5) and rebounds per game (6.5). He is also a tenacious perimeter defender.
“Devonte is one of a select few players that can dominate the game on both ends of the floor,” Lutheran coach John Buck said. “He can make deep threes attack the rim with power finishes, and shut down the other team’s best player. He makes his teammates better and has shown tremendous growth this season. I look forward to seeing him rise to the challenge of playing at Indiana. He has all the tools to have an excellent career in the Big 10.”
Danny Green, who attended North Carolina, congratulated his younger brother last night on Twitter and Instagram.
“He liked everything that he heard,” Devonte said of Danny’s reaction. “He thought if it felt right I should make that decision.”
But what will happen when Indiana plays UNC?
“He’ll probably show up to the game on the Indiana side,” Devonte said with a laugh.
Green, who revealed his decision last night on News 12 Long Island, said he was also considering Kansas State, Cincinnati and Iona.
But in addition to Indiana’s style of play, he said he was impressed with the campus, the fan support, and the tradition of the school. He also said he believes Indiana coach Tom Crean will be highly influential in his development as a player.
“He told me he saw something special in me that he’s seen in his former players that turned into pros,” Green said. “He thinks I have the ability to do the same things they did.”