Just before his team played the Nets at Barclays Center on Monday night, Spurs guard Danny Green shared an incisive, glowing scouting report — not about anyone on the Nets, but on the newest recruit at Indiana University. Green is very positive about the kid: his brother Devonte, the high scorer for Long Island Lutheran.
Devonte, of North Babylon, announced on Saturday that he has chosen to play for Indiana. The Hoosiers are fortunate to have him, according to the starting shooting guard on one of the NBA’s best teams.
“He’s a very good player, he’s very talented. He does a little bit of everything. He’s a scorer, more of a scorer than I was in high school,” said the 6-6 Danny, a former star at St. Mary’s in Manhasset. “He’s smaller than my brother and I were. He’s a better ballhandler and better penetrator than I. He can create his own shot. Hopefully he can learn to keep up the mental part of the game and take his emotions out of it. Sometimes he gets a little emotional. But he’s very skilled.”
The younger Green, who is 6-3, is averaging 20.2 points in his senior year for Lutheran, having been the 2014 Nassau Player of the Year and an All-Long Island player last season. Danny did not try to steer his younger brother toward North Carolina, his old school, or anywhere else, for that matter.
“He didn’t ask me many questions,’’ Danny said. “I thought I’d let him enjoy the recruiting process on his own. He got recruited by a couple schools, took a couple visits, talked to a couple coaches. He really liked Indiana. That’s where he wanted to go. He told me before he made his announcement. I congratulated him and told him I was proud of him.”
Danny is 28, which means he plans on being in the NBA four years from now. It sure would be impressive if he and Devonte someday were on the same roster.
“Maybe. You never know,” Danny said. “If he continues to play, continues to work, it would be great and exciting for me and for our family to see somebody else play on this level.”