A look at Garrett Green’s potential impact at Indiana

Garrett Green is in Bloomington this weekend on his first visit since the announcement earlier this week that he would transfer from LSU and play his final collegiate season elsewhere.The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Green averaged 3.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game in three seasons at LSU.

Green, who will graduate with his bachelor’s degree in early August and is looking to pursue a master’s degree in sports management, will be eligible immediately. Inside the Hall examines how the potential addition of Green could impact the 2011-2012 Hoosiers:

– Experienced, capable post presence: Green’s numbers as a junior at LSU were respectable — 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in just over 18 per minutes per game. He had stellar performances like 18 points in a road win at Auburn, 15 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to Wichita State and 10 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Arkansas. He also had rough stretches like LSU’s final four games, where he scored a total of just 14 points in 52 minutes. And he also struggled mightily from the foul line (44 percent). But even with his up and down career in Baton Rouge, Green’s experience playing in the SEC for three years against the likes of Florida, Kentucky and Vanderbilt would be a positive and welcome addition.

– Competition for minutes: Tom Crean, based on his recent Twitter comments, is ready to coach a team that’s prepared to battle for playing time. Green would help push guys like Tom Pritchard and Derek Elston to produce at a much higher level than a year ago. And if they fail to embrace that challenge, Crean, with Cody Zeller and Green in the fold, would have the deepest frontcourt rotation he’s had to date in Bloomington. The unique circumstances of the Indiana rebuilding project over the past three years have forced Crean to allocate playing time to guys that didn’t always deserve it. Adding Green could help to ensure that doesn’t happen in 2011-2012.

– More help for Zeller: As much as he’s been anointed as a savior for Indiana basketball, there will be an adjustment period next winter for Cody Zeller. From a basketball IQ, fundamental and skill perspective, he’s easily the most college-ready player Crean has recruited at Indiana. He is an elite player that will one day likely play the game for a living. But he’s still a freshman that has yet to experience the rigors of college basketball in the Big Ten. Green, along with Pritchard, would give the Hoosiers another option at the five that would allow Zeller to play almost exclusively at the four spot.

– No scholarship impact: The Hoosiers are currently one scholarship under the NCAA limit of 13 for next season and because Green only has one year of eligibility, he won’t impact the scholarship situation beyond next season.

(Photo credit: Travis Spradling/The Advocate)

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    DE is like a 2-year-old opening Christmas presents.  He never quite gets the current give unwrapped before he runs to the next one!

    He just needs to play with a little more patience and intelligence or he’s not going to make it at the D1 level. 

  • http://www.sportshaze.com The Movement

    I think this would be a great get, just to agree with everyone else. His size alone should help make a difference next season, plus he soudns like a great person as well.

  • Anonymous

    Why is he leaving LSU, and how is he immediately eligible to play?

  • Anonymous

    Why is he leaving LSU, and how is he immediately eligible to play?

  • Anonymous

    Why is he leaving LSU, and how is he immediately eligible to play?

  • Anonymous

    Why is he leaving LSU, and how is he immediately eligible to play?

  • Anonymous

    Agreed with all.  He needs to mature and pull it together.  Otherwise, what is otherwise a good talent, he won’t see the floor much should Green come and it won’t get a lot better with incoming classes.

  • Anonymous

    He graduates this summer (after his Junior Year).  The NCAA has ruled if one has graduated early and that school at which they play does not offer a graduate degree in their desired field of study that person is able to transfer to a school that does and not be punished for it (i.e. sit out a year as is typical). 

  • Anonymous

    He graduates this summer (after his Junior Year).  The NCAA has ruled if one has graduated early and that school at which they play does not offer a graduate degree in their desired field of study that person is able to transfer to a school that does and not be punished for it (i.e. sit out a year as is typical). 

  • Anonymous

    Hoosiers are showing Green some love.  Had 97 followers when he tweeted yesterday that he was on the way to Indiana.  Has over 360 followers now and almost all additions are IU fans.

  • Kelin Blab

    An addition of Green give IU quality depth at every position, with probably the exception of PG. I think VJ and Remy could hold it down til Yogi arrives for certain. It also gives, hopefully, competitive practices.

    If you go with Hulls, Oladipo, Watford, Pritch, and Zeller
    vs.
    VJ, Mo, Pritch, Elston, and Green

    sprinkle in some remy, elston, d.moore, and etherington and you have some solid practices.

  • eph521

    If he signs with IU, the student section could create an area called Gang Green. I’m sure they could have some fun with that.

  • eph521

    If he signs with IU, the student section could create an area called Gang Green. I’m sure they could have some fun with that.

  • eph521

    If he signs with IU, the student section could create an area called Gang Green. I’m sure they could have some fun with that.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite day of the year at IU, every year, was what I like to call Halter Top Day (I think Bill Simmons deserves credit for the term). The first day of spring, when it’s sunny, and the ladies come out in full, if you believe that’s not a selling point from the players’ perspective then you’re just kidding yourself.

  • Anonymous

    Putting DE in his natural position and keeping TPs minutes down would be HUGE for this team. I’m not saying that as a diss on Pritchard, but I think he would respond much better if he could focus his game without the pressure of starting and facing someone bigger almost every night.

    Also curious about Green’s defense which I haven’t seen much, if anything on. An enforcer down low that could help keep Zeller’s fouls down would really contribute a a freshman learning to play at the college level.

  • SeattleHoosier

    the key here will be academics.  not sure we have a strong program in what he’s interested in, but his focus will be primarily on the quality of his degree and the options that it will provide him.

  • SeattleHoosier

    the key here will be academics.  not sure we have a strong program in what he’s interested in, but his focus will be primarily on the quality of his degree and the options that it will provide him.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Eyes:

    I can assure you that it hasn’t changed since the 1960s when I was on campus.  Some things are so good they don’t need to change.  The show put on by the IU co-eds during spring/summer in B’town is one of them.

    Maybe someone older than me can weigh in on a different era.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Eyes:

    I can assure you that it hasn’t changed since the 1960s when I was on campus.  Some things are so good they don’t need to change.  The show put on by the IU co-eds during spring/summer in B’town is one of them.

    Maybe someone older than me can weigh in on a different era.

  • Kari_tyler

    This guy played in the SEC! everyone waqs so excited about Guy Marc who was a juco played with average numbers. Bring him on. GO HOOSIERS!

  • Kari_tyler

    Remy is going to suprise everyone! He gets to the rim whenever he wants and can finish. just saying

  • Kari_tyler

    Remy is going to suprise everyone! He gets to the rim whenever he wants and can finish. just saying

  • unclekerfuffle

    Check out the national ratings for Sports Management and compare the three schools.  IU is the real deal.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Check out the national ratings for Sports Management and compare the three schools.  IU is the real deal.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Check out the national ratings for Sports Management and compare the three schools.  IU is the real deal.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Seattle:

    Check out the national ratings for Sports Management and compare the three schools.  IU is the real deal.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Seattle:

    Check out the national ratings for Sports Management and compare the three schools.  IU is the real deal.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Seattle:

    Check out the national ratings for Sports Management and compare the three schools.  IU is the real deal.

  • Anonymous

    pushing pritch and elston to play at a  high level. Boy would that be nice verses them just playing because we hane nobody else. If pritch is a fould maching he can take his  seat at the end of the bench.

  • MillaRed

    I agree with you and baller but we all know CTC wants VJ at PG so I’m choosing my battles wisely.

    But H yes. VJ is a two. VJ is a two!!!!

  • MillaRed

    I agree with you and baller but we all know CTC wants VJ at PG so I’m choosing my battles wisely.

    But H yes. VJ is a two. VJ is a two!!!!

  • MillaRed

    Indeed.

    Can Green stay on the floor without picking up 4 fouls in 10 minutes? If so, at his size, he is a major upgrade eh?

  • MillaRed

    Indeed.

    Can Green stay on the floor without picking up 4 fouls in 10 minutes? If so, at his size, he is a major upgrade eh?

  • Steelhoosier

    The Parks, Recreation and Sports Management MS program at IU is top notch and highly respected. I’ve been through it; it’s not easy to get in. If it’s academics he’s searching for, it’s a done deal.

    Big Ten + great Masters Program + great fans…unless he’s looking to go home, we’re a lock.

  • Steelhoosier

    The Parks, Recreation and Sports Management MS program at IU is top notch and highly respected. I’ve been through it; it’s not easy to get in. If it’s academics he’s searching for, it’s a done deal.

    Big Ten + great Masters Program + great fans…unless he’s looking to go home, we’re a lock.

  • Derbus

    What about Will, in your face thunderDunk, Sheehey:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHg3cZJpmhU

  • Derbus

    What about Will, in your face thunderDunk, Sheehey:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHg3cZJpmhU

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I’m sure KB just forgot temporarily as he is a Will Sheehey fan.

  • Anonymous

    That is crazy though.  Shows the difference in fan base between IU basketball and really any SEC basketball school.  Like it.

  • Anonymous

    That is crazy though.  Shows the difference in fan base between IU basketball and really any SEC basketball school.  Like it.

  • HoosNation

    Woooooooohooohoooohoooo!!

  • Anonymous

    i can’t stand missed free throws. argh

  • Anonymous

    nice that we are getting to a point where we accidentally leave out good players because there are so many

  • Anonymous

    nice that we are getting to a point where we accidentally leave out good players because there are so many

  • Anonymous

    totally agree … he went to my school down here and ive seen him play 3 – 4 x’s ….im now 38 , but that team he was with had 3 d-1 players on it and he made the whole team better.

  • http://weeklycritiquely.blogspot.com/ IUfanPurduePhD

    They could shower themselves with almond extract before the game if they wanted to go the extra mile.

  • Anonymous

    don’t be dissin’ on Pritch. I heard he’s lookin’ for you…watch your back.

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