Long Island Lutheran’s Devonte Green #11 shoots a jumper against Bishop Loughlin during a high school basketball game in the City Legendz Invitational at Gauchos Gym, Dec. 6, 2015 in the Bronx, NY. (Photo: Associated Press)
Indiana’s 2016 recruiting class grew to include a fourth member Saturday with the addition of New York guard Devonte Green.
Green announced his commitment Saturday afternoon, picking the Hoosiers over Iowa State, Kansas State, VCU and others. The 6-3 prospect out of Long Island Lutheran is the younger brother of San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green, and projects as a combo guard at the next level.
He made his announcement on News 12 Long Island, a TV station in New York.
“My relationship with the coach, the style of play,” he said on the live broadcast, when asked what the keys to his recruitment were. “(IU) coach (Tom) Crean is a great coach. I had a good time on my visit. People have great energy there. I like the campus and the school.”
The 247Sports Composite ranks him the No. 195 overall player in the current senior class, and the No. 6 prospect in the state of New York in 2016.
Green joins a guard-heavy class that also includes Crown Point’s Grant Gelon and Huntington Prep’s Curtis Jones. Top-40 forward De’Ron Davis has also signed with the Hoosiers in the 2016 class.
Multiple national analysts see him fitting into that group as a combo guard, capable of initiating the offense and creating for others, but also finding points inside and outside the 3-point line.
“Green is a solid scorer who improved his 3-point shot as his high school career went on,” ESPN recruiting insider Jeff Borzello said. “He was actually more efficient from behind the arc than inside the arc in the AAU circuit, but he can get points at all three levels. He’s not afraid of contact and will finish at the rim.”