Garrett Green’s H.S. Coach: Player’s experience, toughness could help IU

If making additions to the roster in college basketball worked the way it did in the NBA, and Indiana could just shop around for a free agent to fill its 13th scholarship, the Hoosiers would probably be looking for a battle tested veteran to play in the post. They only have three true big men on scholarship, and the most skilled of the three is also a true freshman.

But Garrett Green could provide them exactly what they need, according to his high school coach Derrick Taylor.

Green, a 6-foot-11, 230-pound center who has one year of eligibility remaining, left Louisiana State after his redshirt junior season to pursue a master’s degree in a field — sports management — that is not offered at LSU. By NCAA rule, he is allowed to transfer without having to sit out a year. He has been contacted by Indiana and is set to visit Bloomington this weekend.

“He’s 6-11 and he’s athletic,” said Taylor, who coached Green at William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., but recently left for St. John Bosco in Bellwood, Calif. “He can really run the floor and he jumps well. He just shoots the ball well. He plays hard. He’s tough. The guy, he’s an experienced player. It’s a lot of positive attributes that he could bring to the party.”

And beyond that, Taylor said, he’s a good locker room presence.

“He’s the nicest kid in the world,” Taylor said. “He’ll never talk back, never cause a problem. He’ll give you everything he’s got.”

Green told Scout.com that he had been contacted by Arizona State and Long Beach State as well as Indiana. Taylor said Green has a visit scheduled for Long Beach State, but nowhere else at this time.

The other two schools are closer to home for Green, but IU got in the game through assistant coach Steve McClain, who knows Taylor from his time coaching out west.

“I know Steve McClain really well and I know Coach Crean,” Taylor said. “And Garrett is intrigued by their style of play and also their tradition.”

Taylor said the biggest area where Green needs to improve is his back-to-the basket game, and that he tends to be a face-up forward on offense. However, he’s shown the necessary strength to play inside. He averaged 6.3 points and 5.1 rebounds as a redshirt junior at LSU. He posted nine double figure scoring games last season and two double-doubles.

“That’s a pretty big physical league,” Taylor said. “He played center in that conference. He’s strong enough and he’s mature enough. He’s shown he can play at that level.”

 

 

7 comments

  1. We need to get this guy. Cody will have someone to go against at practice. This is a great situation to be in, and Garrett will love the IU atmosphere!

  2. Perfect situation both ways…a true win-win situation. Come on, Garrett. You can’t find a better place for that Masters degree than Bloomington, Indiana!

  3. It seems odd that a coach would describe Green’s game without saying a word about his defensive ability. That worries me.

  4. Here you guys go getting all excited about nothing again, if this kid was any good LSU would not let him go.

  5. You fail to understand the situation. He’s graduated from LSU and they don’t have the graduate program in his field of studies. LSU doesn’t even get a vote and he can play immediately. He gets to go wherever he wants, just like Russell Wilson, Wisconsin’s new QB. He was All ACC at NC State last season.

  6. would be great to have another big body on the team. Green and Pritchard would be good compliments to Zeller.

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