Garrett Green takes final visit to Wichita State


The recruitment process is coming to a close for Garrett Green, who announced he would leave Louisiana State to play his final season elsewhere on July 18.

In the 16 days since that announcement it’s been a whirlwind for Green, who is now on his fourth visit in a little over two weeks. The 6-foot-11 center, who averaged 6.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 18 minutes per game last year at LSU, confirmed this morning via Twitter that his current trip to Wichita State will be his final visit.

Green visited Indiana from July 22-23, Long Beach State on July 29, San Diego State from July 31-Aug. 1 and started his Wichita State visit today.

According to his recruiting profile on ESPN.com, Green originally considered Wyoming back in 2006, where current IU assistant Steve McClain served as head coach from 1998 through 2007. Green’s high school coach, Derrick Taylor, told Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times that he knows McClain well.

The ties to both Long Beach State and San Diego State are likely proximity to Green’s hometown of Woodland Hills, California. The Long Beach State campus is roughly 50 miles from his home and the San Diego State campus is about 100 miles south.

Long Beach State could be the better bet of the two California programs to play in the NCAA Tournament next season as they return four of five starters from a team that won the Big West Conference regular season title. San Diego State, meanwhile, will have to replace Kawhi Leonard, the No. 15 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, and three other starters.

At Indiana, Green has the potential to supplant Tom Pritchard as the starting center on a Hoosiers team that is expected to take a large step forward in the Big Ten with the addition of McDonald’s All-American Cody Zeller.

He acknowledged being impressed with his visit to Bloomington shortly after completing his trip: “It’s amazing. I was watching a couple of the highlight reels of games and the atmosphere, the fans that are there, it’s amazing.”

Green is expected to announce a decision on Friday, which is also the date he graduates from LSU.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Actually, I was speaking in general terms. It applies to everyone. And if you want to instigate for the sake of instigating, there’s a pretty simple solution for that.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Actually, I was speaking in general terms. It applies to everyone. And if you want to instigate for the sake of instigating, there’s a pretty simple solution for that.

  • Anonymous

    He would have attend grad school at LSU, but since he graduated in 3 years he has the option of a transfer to a school offering a program LSU does not provide without the penalty of sitting out a year.

    It’s the same rule Roburt Sallie was using when he considered coming to IU (and eventually decided to go to Louisville,) from Memphis last year.  The only problem for Sallie was that it turned out he never actually completed his requirements to graduate from Memphis.

  • Anonymous

    It will also provide Elston with he opportunity to play at the 4 as Cody’s back up and not have to log minutes at the 5, where he isn’t well-suited to play.

  • Anonymous

    I think if this kid comes here, Elston won’t see the floor very much unless he shows vast improvement on both ends, or at least some consistancy.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Elston but he seemed lost at times over the last 2 years, granted he did play out of position as well.  I hope he picks it up this year.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly what I was thinking. I think a lot of people are missing this fact or are focusing too much on how much it helps TP. IMHO it helps DE just as much or maybe even more than it does TP. If nothing else we would get to find out if DE playing ” out of position ” is what has been holding him back from being more of a consistent contributor or if he has shown everything he has to offer already.

    If Green comes to IU it pretty much creates a situation to where Cody  should only have to play the 5 on rare occasions. IMO the less he has to play the 5 the better off we will be.

  • Anonymous

    Exactly what I was thinking. I think a lot of people are missing this fact or are focusing too much on how much it helps TP. IMHO it helps DE just as much or maybe even more than it does TP. If nothing else we would get to find out if DE playing ” out of position ” is what has been holding him back from being more of a consistent contributor or if he has shown everything he has to offer already.

    If Green comes to IU it pretty much creates a situation to where Cody  should only have to play the 5 on rare occasions. IMO the less he has to play the 5 the better off we will be.

  • base

    I didn’t realize he graduated in three years. He’s a measured man and he couldn’t wait to option a transfer because he wanted out of Baton Rouge. See below my theory to Ace.

  • base

    I didn’t realize he graduated in three years. He’s a measured man and he couldn’t wait to option a transfer because he wanted out of Baton Rouge. See below my theory to Ace.

  • MillaRed

    well said brotha

  • base

    We can move past the grad school talking points because it’s a given he’s visited four schools with curriculums that he approves or he wouldn’t have visited. IU and Long Beach State are top tier schools in SM and Wichita State sounds like their program is successful. Look, Buzz Williams got his Master’s in SM at Texas A&M Kingsville and he’s doing ok at Marquette. There are a lot of good grad schools in the “hot” college of SM. Take your pick.

    Some think location is a deciding factor. but I don’t give it a whole lot of weight unless the kid is homesick or misses his gal or thinks a location will make a difference.

    His final decision will probably rest on who can help his cause the most. His cause is basketball and opportunity after basketball. Coach wouldn’t offer him unless he couldn’t immediately help and be productive. Crean is so widely connected in sports that after basketball, Green would have many leads for opportunities.

    This Friday, he’ll be a Big Ten player. He’s too smart to be a Big West or Missouri Valley player.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QGJL32OTBJBNKZZKWX7GXVZA6U Adam B

    If he wants to get an MBA, live close to home, and play a lot he’ll probably go to SDSU. If he wants to play a lot, get an MS, have all of his games on TV, and play in front of 15,000+ every night, he’ll probably go to IU.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QGJL32OTBJBNKZZKWX7GXVZA6U Adam B

    If he wants to get an MBA, live close to home, and play a lot he’ll probably go to SDSU. If he wants to play a lot, get an MS, have all of his games on TV, and play in front of 15,000+ every night, he’ll probably go to IU.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QGJL32OTBJBNKZZKWX7GXVZA6U Adam B

    If he wants to get an MBA, live close to home, and play a lot he’ll probably go to SDSU. If he wants to play a lot, get an MS, have all of his games on TV, and play in front of 15,000+ every night, he’ll probably go to IU.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QGJL32OTBJBNKZZKWX7GXVZA6U Adam B

    If he wants to get an MBA, live close to home, and play a lot he’ll probably go to SDSU. If he wants to play a lot, get an MS, have all of his games on TV, and play in front of 15,000+ every night, he’ll probably go to IU.

  • Anonymous

    Kinda depends on whether or not he just wants to get back home.  If he does then IU and Wichita St have no chance. 

    I don’t think playing time will be an issue at any of the schools.  A 6’11″ guy that boards a little and can score a little is welcome at every program including IU and we could really use him this year.

    Hope he isn’t homesick.

    Choose IU.

  • Anonymous

    Kinda depends on whether or not he just wants to get back home.  If he does then IU and Wichita St have no chance. 

    I don’t think playing time will be an issue at any of the schools.  A 6’11″ guy that boards a little and can score a little is welcome at every program including IU and we could really use him this year.

    Hope he isn’t homesick.

    Choose IU.

  • Anonymous

    Kinda depends on whether or not he just wants to get back home.  If he does then IU and Wichita St have no chance. 

    I don’t think playing time will be an issue at any of the schools.  A 6’11″ guy that boards a little and can score a little is welcome at every program including IU and we could really use him this year.

    Hope he isn’t homesick.

    Choose IU.

  • Anonymous

    Kinda depends on whether or not he just wants to get back home.  If he does then IU and Wichita St have no chance. 

    I don’t think playing time will be an issue at any of the schools.  A 6’11″ guy that boards a little and can score a little is welcome at every program including IU and we could really use him this year.

    Hope he isn’t homesick.

    Choose IU.

  • Anonymous

    Kinda depends on whether or not he just wants to get back home.  If he does then IU and Wichita St have no chance. 

    I don’t think playing time will be an issue at any of the schools.  A 6’11″ guy that boards a little and can score a little is welcome at every program including IU and we could really use him this year.

    Hope he isn’t homesick.

    Choose IU.

  • Anonymous

    Kinda depends on whether or not he just wants to get back home.  If he does then IU and Wichita St have no chance. 

    I don’t think playing time will be an issue at any of the schools.  A 6’11″ guy that boards a little and can score a little is welcome at every program including IU and we could really use him this year.

    Hope he isn’t homesick.

    Choose IU.

  • JerryCT

    I believe Green helps the team by enabling more normal rotations where DE can play the 4 and TP can maintain his aggressiveness.

    The idea of him bothering shots , scoring , not fouling are not reflected in any of his stats. He shoots more than DE and TP combined, connects at alower %, fouls as much, and blocks very few shots plus he turns it over.

    He will help the team but he needs to improve his game to meet the expectations I keep reading here.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QGJL32OTBJBNKZZKWX7GXVZA6U Adam B

    At the very worst he’s a Capobianco clone that plays no more than 5 minutes without fouling. At best he’s a rotation guy who gets rebounds and lets Zeller not defend the other team’s 5. If anything, he’s depth at the post and that’s sorely needed.

  • MillaRed

    If he was a Capo clone I don’t think he would be offered a spot here. We let Bobby go for a reason.

    Green’s a 5th year senior and is more athletic than TP. If he and CZ are running the floor on both ends it completely changes the team. TP will make a nice backup which is his ceiling at the Big Ten level. He is too inconsistent to think otherwise.

  • MillaRed

    If he was a Capo clone I don’t think he would be offered a spot here. We let Bobby go for a reason.

    Green’s a 5th year senior and is more athletic than TP. If he and CZ are running the floor on both ends it completely changes the team. TP will make a nice backup which is his ceiling at the Big Ten level. He is too inconsistent to think otherwise.

  • MillaRed

    If he was a Capo clone I don’t think he would be offered a spot here. We let Bobby go for a reason.

    Green’s a 5th year senior and is more athletic than TP. If he and CZ are running the floor on both ends it completely changes the team. TP will make a nice backup which is his ceiling at the Big Ten level. He is too inconsistent to think otherwise.

  • MillaRed

    If he was a Capo clone I don’t think he would be offered a spot here. We let Bobby go for a reason.

    Green’s a 5th year senior and is more athletic than TP. If he and CZ are running the floor on both ends it completely changes the team. TP will make a nice backup which is his ceiling at the Big Ten level. He is too inconsistent to think otherwise.

  • MillaRed

    If he was a Capo clone I don’t think he would be offered a spot here. We let Bobby go for a reason.

    Green’s a 5th year senior and is more athletic than TP. If he and CZ are running the floor on both ends it completely changes the team. TP will make a nice backup which is his ceiling at the Big Ten level. He is too inconsistent to think otherwise.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QGJL32OTBJBNKZZKWX7GXVZA6U Adam B

    I prefaced it with “at the very worst,” but having a Capobianco clone for just the 2011-2012 season is much better than having an actual Capobianco from 2011-2013. What I was trying to convey was that if he comes, the worst thing he can do is be another Capobianco. I don’t think he would be because he’s played in a BCS conference before, but I do think it is a possibility.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QGJL32OTBJBNKZZKWX7GXVZA6U Adam B

    I prefaced it with “at the very worst,” but having a Capobianco clone for just the 2011-2012 season is much better than having an actual Capobianco from 2011-2013. What I was trying to convey was that if he comes, the worst thing he can do is be another Capobianco. I don’t think he would be because he’s played in a BCS conference before, but I do think it is a possibility.

  • Anonymous

    I got the impression he’s gonna be a plain old Senior (taking graduate classes) this year since he completed his undergraduate degree in only 3 yrs.

    Within hours we’ll know if the discussion about displacing TP is even necessary. If so, i think it’s too early to un-seat The Pritch from the starting lineup. IMHO Green will be part of the “B” team that subs in..time will tell maybe.

  • Anonymous

    when do we expect this announcement?  what time today?

  • Anonymous

    when do we expect this announcement?  what time today?

  • Geoff

    Anyone else read this on Twitter? “he’s got a tough decision, but hopefully he’ll have his mind made up in the next few hours!” — 1 hr ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/btown1056 Brian Workman

    Any news on where GG is going to play at yet? I thought he was going to announce today but haven’t heard anything.

  • Gustin

    Ace, one year and two summer sessions, is definitely possible.  I completed my MS in Instructional Systems Technology at IU while working full time for the university, and I was raising a family.  However, we all hope he  comes to IU.

  • Anonymous

    That’s what I thought too, but if you read what Alex posted in reply to me a little further up the page he has completed 4 years of college but he redshirted one season so he still has a year of eligibility while he attends grad school.

  • Anonymous

    That’s what I thought too, but if you read what Alex posted in reply to me a little further up the page he has completed 4 years of college but he redshirted one season so he still has a year of eligibility while he attends grad school.

  • Anonymous

    That’s what I thought too, but if you read what Alex posted in reply to me a little further up the page he has completed 4 years of college but he redshirted one season so he still has a year of eligibility while he attends grad school.

  • Ktolly

    Correct me if I’m wrong but didnt Garrett say “I would have a decision by Friday graduation day” ? Not that he would announce Friday. We may not know for a few days….

  • Anonymous

    tick..tock..tick..tock. But if he’s made his decision, why not announce it?

  • Ktolly

    Maybe he wants family and friends present..maybe they are coming in from out of town? I dont know but does it really matter? The season still doesnt start until Nov. We have a good team with or without him and we are going to surprise a lot of people.

  • Ktolly

    Maybe he wants family and friends present..maybe they are coming in from out of town? I dont know but does it really matter? The season still doesnt start until Nov. We have a good team with or without him and we are going to surprise a lot of people.

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