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By Jason Perry

September 26th, 2004



Danny Green Commits to UNC

Danny Green, a 6-5, 180-pound SG/SF from Manhasset, NY, has committed to play for Roy Williams and the University of North Carolina.  The high school senior made his announcement Friday evening.

Green averaged 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game as a junior at St. Mary's High School.  Those solid numbers led usual New York suitors St. John's and Pittsburgh to vigorously pursue him, yet it was his impressive performance on the summer circuit that drew the most attention and contributed to North Carolina's hard recruiting charge.  Green was the overall statistical leader at the star-studded Reebok ABCD Camp and shard MVP honors with Mississippi St.-bound guard Monta Ellis.  Playing for the AAU New York Panthers at the Reebok Big Time tournament in Henderson, Nev., Green demonstrated his streaky shooting touch, hitting five three-pointers and scoring 20 points during one half of a game.  He also displayed his overall talent, blocking 5 shots and grabbing 8 rebounds in the same contest and playing with great confidence.  In the IS8 Nike Summer League in New York, Green's team won the championship, with the future Tar Heel scoring 33 points in the deciding game.

The Sporting News' Mike Decourcy placed Green second (behind Ellis) among those high-schoolers whose stock has risen the most as a result of their summer performances.  "Left off some top 100 lists before the summer, he might crack the top 50," Decourcy wrote of Green in early August.  And the New Yorker has indeed risen up the recruiting rankings.  Dave Telep of places Green at #43 overall in the Class of 2005 (#12 among shooting guards, though there is the very real possibility that he will become a small forward at Carolina), while's Brick Oettinger ranks him #46.  Green comes in at #89 on's list, illustrating the inexact science that is recruiting prognostication.  The reporters at gave Green the nod as the top player in the state because of his impressive summer, his versatility, and his willingness to do what it takes to win.  That particular trait no doubt caught the attention of Roy Williams and his staff.  His off-the-court character undoubtedly swayed the Carolina coaches as well.  According to Breakdown Magazine, schools like Colgate offered Green a scholarship based on his work in the classroom (The Patriot League, of which Colgate is a part, offers grants-in-aid based on financial need, not athletic ability.).

Williams and assistant coach Steve Robinson paid an in-home visit on Monday night, and clearly Green came away impressed.  "I enjoyed my meeting tonight with coaches Williams and Robinson.  We had a great visit, and they are real down-to-earth guys," he told's Adam Powell. 

Green, like so many other kids, cheered for the Heels growing up.  Now his dream of donning the light blue uniform will become a reality.  He joins Poplar Bluff, MO power forward Tyler Hansbrough (#7 in rankings), Chicago combo guard Bobby Frasor (#35), and Arlington, VA combo guard Marcus Ginyard (#41) in UNC's recruiting class.  Williams continues to look for another big man to add to the class.  The most likely candidates are  Athens, Alabama power forward Richard Hendrix (#8) and/or Metuchen, NJ center Andrew Bynum (#14).       

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