Long Island’s Green Wants To Battle City Foes
I’ve been to many high school basketball games throughout the city this season. It’s been a pleasure watching the talented Christ the King Lady Royals stay undefeated with at least five Division I talented players. Cardozo keeps on winning without the big man Theo Davis in the middle. The Catholic AA men’s division, with CTK, Bishop Loughlin and Xaverian is arguably the best conference in the entire country.
There is one game I have been anticipating and it will be played at the Island Garden in Hempstead tonight at 7:30 p.m. Lincoln, recovering quite nicely from the loss of the NBA’s Sebastian Telfair, is once again the #1 seed in the PSAL playoffs.
St. Mary’s of Long Island, ranked #4 in USA Today’s Top 25 High School Poll, feature Danny Green, w ho I think is best player in the region. At first, Green doesn’t look like the strongest or the fastest kid. I didn’t know what the hype was all about so I decided to see him on January 30 at St. John’s University when his team played Xaverian at the Tom Crotty Classic.
At the end of St. Mary’s 70-47 victory, Green’s 17 points, 9 rebounds, 7 blocked shots and 3 assists convinced me of his ability. He grabbed rebounds, blocked shots, finished on the fast break, can leap and defend inside.
The accolades seem to support my assessment with. The 6 foot 6 Green was just named to the McDonald’s All-American team and the Electronic Arts/Reebok Roundball Classic at the United Center in Chicago.
Due to NCAA requirements that incoming freshman must participate in only two post-season tournaments, Green had to turn down the Jordan Classic at the Garden on April 16. Jordan may not mind the decline because his alma-mater, North Carolina, will benefit from the talents of the 6’6 forward, who will be attending in the fall.
Green, who also plays for the Long Island Panthers AAU team, told me a few weeks ago that he was shocked at first of the opportunity to become a Tar Heel next season.
“At first I didn’t believe it. One night I was coming to the hotel from the (Reebok) ABCD Camp and one of my coaches Billy Turner said the Tar Heels called!! Tar Heels called,” Green said.
“He told me an assistant from the Tar Heels was interested in me because he saw me at the camp. I said wow, really!”
It’s hard to turn down North Carolina, who is currently the second ranked team in the NCAA. With his college future secured, Green is not done yet with his high school career.
St. Mary’s have destroyed the competition in the Long Island Catholic League and have finished at 20-0 for the regular season. They will await the loser of the city catholic championship in the first round of the federation tournament, which begin in two weeks.Green is determined to win the federation championship after a bitter defeat to Christ the King last year in the semifinals. The Gaels though have revenged their loss to CTK with a win early this season and captured wins at the prestigious Beach Ball Classic in South Carolina.
If the postseason results are the same as the regular season, St. Mary’s will be hoisting the championship at Glenn Falls in late March.
“We’re more experienced this season. I put a lot of pressure on myself but I have confidence that my teammates (Monmouth bound Tyson Johnson and Tyrone Hanson) will help out,” Johnson says. “I know they’ll come through.”
The PSAL and Catholic citywide championships will resume this weekend after the spring break.