After spectacular high school and college basketball careers, Danny Green and A.J. Price already were well known across Long Island. Now they'll have a chance to make a name for themselves in the NBA.
The Cavaliers selected Green in the second round with the 46th pick last night. He will help strengthen a Cleveland bench that was the team's weakness at times during the playoffs. Price was taken 52nd by the Pacers. Indiana was unhappy with its point guard situation.
Green graduated in 2005 from St. Mary's High School, where in his final season he was named Newsday's Nassau Player of the Year. The former McDonald's All-American was 74-5 in his three years at St. Mary's.
At North Carolina, Green played shooting guard and forward for the Tar Heels and won a national championship this past season. During his four years in Chapel Hill, he was part of two Final Four teams. He leaves the school with the most games played in North Carolina history.
Three of Green's teammates (Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansbrough and Wayne Ellington) were selected in the first round of the draft.
Price, a point guard, was a part of two state titles and three Long Island championships while at Amityville High School. The UConn guard is a two-time Newsday Suffolk Player of the Year and averaged 28.5 points and eight rebounds in his senior season.
As second-round picks, Green and Price will get non-guaranteed contracts, which means they still need to make their new teams.