Consistency critical for Devonte Green #iubb

Inconsistency has marked Devonte Green’s first two seasons at Indiana.

But the junior guard seemed to take a step toward steadying his game during IU’s spring workouts. To second-year Indiana coach Archie Miller, Green appeared to be one of the Hoosiers most focused players this spring, filling Miller with optimism as he moves to fortify his backcourt in the coming weeks.

“I thought, with our six-month program in the spring, he was as consistent as any (IU player),” Miller said. “He focused a lot on his shooting the ball in the spring and he really improved.”

There’s a lot to smooth with Green, whose wild swings between good and bad basketball defined his sophomore season.

After starting five of IU’s first six games last season, Green yielded to Al Durham and struggled to assert himself as a reliable contributor from off the bench.

Green found his footing as the Hoosiers approached the final month of the regular season, responding to a short, four-minute appearance against Purdue on Jan. 28 with one of his better personal showings of the season in an otherwise ugly IU loss at Ohio State two days later.

In the six games between Jan. 30 and IU’s Feb. 17 win at Iowa, Green scored in double figures three times, while dishing 27 assists against only 10 turnovers. That streak began with back-to-back games without an error against Ohio State and Michigan State.

But Green’s production fell off across Indiana’s final three contests, a span during which the New York native combined for 11 points, four assists and 10 turnovers.

“He showed glimpses at times where he can really be one of the better guards in the league at times for how he did things,” Miller said. “I thought toward the end of the season, he was our most consistent ball-handling guard, but he took a step back when the season ended and we got him to our spring program. I thought, in our conversations, he’s starting to take his game a little bit more serious. He’s starting to take the approach of (having) his own individual pride in what he is and how he does it and go up a level.”

Although his decision-making still needs fine-tuning, Green has demonstrated natural flair for passing.

He was the only IU guard who could consistently feed the post, and he finished conference play ranked No. 13 in the Big Ten with an assist rate of 23.9.
With freshman point guard Rob Phinisee and blue-chip shooting guard Romeo Langford set to join a backcourt that also includes Durham, Green will once have to compete for a role on the floor.

But with workouts set to begin and the preseason only a few months away, Miller is optimistic that Green will be equipped to battle.

“We’re ready to get started with him,” Miller said.

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      1. Knew there was an article somewhere. According to the Jeffersonville News and Tribune, Langford explains his number choice:

        Langford has already decided that he will wear the No. 0 at Indiana this upcoming season.

        “Well, I was going to be No. 1 but obviously Al [Durham] got it, so I’m not going to force somebody to give up their number,” Langford said.

        Why choose that number?

        “[Brooklyn Nets guard] D’Angelo Russell,” Langford said. “He was No. 1 in high school and No. 1 was taken when he went to Ohio State. And in the [NCAA] Tournament that year they asked him on a commercial, or something, ‘Why’d you pick number zero?’ He said because that’s how many people can guard him, so that’s my reason.”

        1. I would have gone with No. 6…..and told the fans it’s because a sixth banner is on the way. And Bill Russell wore it…He was average.

  1. If both Green and Davis(if he gets healthy enough soon enough to get sufficient off-season work done)can elevate their game to something resembling consistently average to B1G performance gives this season special possibilities. Morgan not playing the 5 every game will draw additional game planning focus for the opponents D. Really like the potential chemistry which the deep bench offers. Race Thompson’s development from a RS year will offer positive surprises. FB & BB seasons can’t get here soon enough.

  2. Consistency is much harder to achieve than it seems over extended periods. It looks as though player has improved consistency and then falls back into lack of it when lengthy pressure is present. Good example Lagow at qb among others. It depends on ability and will of player with ability to up game.

  3. The most difficult aspect of consistency is playing up to the edge of your talents…The challenge is to test your limits while not going to the extremes of showboating and exploring to the point that it is counterproductive to the team. The amount of narcissism and individualistic priorities forced upon the game from the NBA downward adds to the challenges of consistency.
    Having a coach with a far more disciplined mindset to play defense, along with the repetitive stressing and humble appreciation of the fundamentals in the game, will change the culture and improve consistency throughout the roster.

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