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Originally published: January 19, 2013 8:33 PM
Updated: January 19, 2013 8:49 PM
By MIKE GAVIN firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credit: James Escher | St. Mary’s Devonte Green, right, blocks a shot by Kellenberg’s Richie Ragusa in the fourth quarter. (Jan. 19, 2013)
“That’s Danny Green’s little brother.”
Devonte Green hears the whispers echoing from the stands game after game.
“It puts a target on my back,” Green said of being the younger brother of Danny Green, a former St. Mary’s star who is now a shooting guard for the San Antonio Spurs. “It’s nice that people know who I am but I get compared to him everywhere I go and that gets annoying sometimes. It puts pressure on me because I have to perform everywhere I go.”
Yet everywhere he’s gone this season, he has performed.
The freshman guard, in his first season with St. Mary’s and fourth overall at the varsity level, scored 27 points Saturday — including the 1,000th of his career, according to St. Mary’s coach Bill Harkins — as the Gaels cruised to an 84-57 win at Kellenberg.
Danny Green’s little brother isn’t so little anymore. He’s now being recognized more for his game than his last name.
Green, who is averaging 21.6 points this season, says that the main difference between him and his older brother is that Danny is more of a spot-up shooter, whereas he will attack the basket. He showed that Saturday by creating his own shot off the dribble or getting out in transition for the easy bucket. None of which were prettier than an up-and-under lay-up he converted plus the foul shot to put St. Mary’s ahead by 16 just before the half.
Green also defended Kellenberg’s best offensive player, Jeremy Arthur, who was limited because of foul trouble and held to eight points.
“People don’t talk about the defensive side of him,” Harkins said of Green. “He’s a heck of passer, shooter and scorer but defensively, him pressuring guys can change the game.”
In the Gaels’ starting lineup — which consists of one freshman, three sophomores and one junior — Jessie Govan is to Devonte Green what Tim Duncan is to Danny Green.
The big man knows how to use the glass on shots out of the post, controls the boards, and helps erase teammates’ mistakes on the defensive end. The 6-9 Govan had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Then there’s Patrick Jackson, the Manu Ginobili of the unit, a slasher with range who can get to the basket or pull up for the midrange jumper. He scored 11 of his season-high 22 points in the first quarter and added seven assists.
“My teammates were looking for me, I made good shot selections and took what was available,” Jackson said. “We all know how each other play and get each other involved.”
That includes Stephen Milhaven, who Harkins calls “a throwback player.” The 6-4 junior, the eldest member of the starting lineup, can bang with the big bodies down low or step out and hit the three, both of which he did Saturday while scoring 11 points.
Bryan Gellineau scored 11 of Kellenberg’s 13 first-quarter points and finished with a season-high 24 points and 14 rebounds. Conor Powers had 14 points, including four threes.
But Kellenberg couldn’t stop Green, who in addition to reaching a milestone, had six assists and four steals. He says that he speaks regularly to his older brother, who in his fourth season in the NBA is averaging a career-best 9.6 points.
“I talk to him three or four times a week,” Devonte said. “He just tells me to keep working hard and keep going after it.”
As Devonte continues to create a name for himself, maybe it will one day be Danny who hears the whispers.
That’s Devonte Green’s older brother.
Team Green 8U Team: from left to right top row coach Danny green, Dante green Jonathan Medley, Trey Spann, Justin Jayden Haynes Jackson McEachern, Dhane Pearley, Coach Craig Kat Keyes. Bottom row left to right Jalyke Gaines, Jalen Lyn, Jaylin Simmons Dalhano Davis, Zatai Townsend.
The Team Green camp dates for next summer in North Babylon next year July 22-26 & July 29-Aug 2nd 2013. The hours are 9am-2pm and the fee is $300 for all campers. NBAC participants get a $25 discount and anyone interested in a payment plan should start sending in payments ASAP they can put down $50 and pay monthly.
There is also the Floral Park camp in the month of July. Those dates are July 8-11th the fee is $250 for the 4 day camp.
Devonte Green from Team Green won the the Conneticut Showcase this past weekend with his AAU team Team Scan. He played up from his age group and played very well averaging 15pts a game. His teammate Chancellor Ellis also a Team Green camper played well this weekend stroking his outside shot and also averaging 15pts a contest.
The next stop for Team Scan is the nike event at Boo Williams in Virginia this weekend. His little brother Dante Green won the semi final game last night in the NBAC Little League to get to the championship tonight. He led his team with 6pts as his team has shown tremendous improvement over the course of the season.
Congratulations to Team Scan (Devonte Green‘s team) which played this past weekend at the Boo Williams showcase event in Virginia. Team Scan won the championship over DC Assault the #1 team in the country. Team Scan was the #2 team nationally coming into the tournament. Team Scan was down 5 points with 55 seconds to go and Devonte Green went on a 7-0 run by himself to propel Team Scan for the win. Devonte pulled up and hit a three and was fouled on the play to complete a 4pt play to pull Team Scan within 1 with 35 sec left. Team Scan got a stop on the defensive end and called a timeout. Team Scan Coach drew up a play for Devonte Green to go to the rack, but instead devonte gets a handoff at the wing and drives to top of the key and nails game winning three with 6sec left in game to solidify comeback win and his position as the #1 guard in the country. Congrats to Devonte and Team Scan on a big win!
Another Team Green member producing at the highest level.
Danny Green from the San Antonio Spurs is in the running for most improved player in the NBA this season.
Rashad Green USF is recovering from wrist surgery in route to his NBA career.
I spoke with some kids last night at a youth program run by Keith Saunders founder of SONYIA. So it was Team Green and SONYIA working together to help youths against drugs and gang violence.
Go to the registration page and fill out the registration form. Follow the directions and mail it or bring it in! Hurry while spots last!
The Breakfast Fundraiser was great ! Team Green wants to thank all participants that attended the breakfast. We had 100 people that came and enjoyed the food. Everybody said the food was great and the service outstanding!
We appreciate all the support and look forward to serving the community in the future. I would like to give a special thanks to Charlie Klages and NBAC for all their support of Team Green.
The academic scholarships are only available to kids in the high school grades 9-12 with a gpa of 90% or better in the core subjects of math, english, social studies, science. Report cards are needed as proof of eligibility. We would also want a 250 word essay about What Education Means to the person and their future goals and ambitions. The hardship award will be provided to three campers with application and proof of income. There will also be 3 scholarships provided for middle school and 3 high school girls players with high academic standing 90% interested in joining the camp. I am trying to motivate more girls to attend.
Thanks again to you and your family from TEAM GREEN!
Team Green is supporting and helping the social network “Its Only Social” to promote the North Babylon Reunion July 28th which brings all the north babylon families together from all over the country. The goal is to raise funds for the homeless and offer scholarships to the local kids for college tuition
The Team Green Basketball Camp is also working with North Babylon Athletic Club to promote a basketball fundraiser game July 27th at the North Babylon High School west gym for the NB Basketball Alumni.
Their will be food, prizes,entertainment, live DJ Marvin Toney will provide the music. the local radio stations WBLI and WBAB will be attending as well as the Long Island Wizards playing the younger generation North Babylon Alumni. The old school alumni will be guests of honor and seated in the vip section of the gym.