2017-2018 Player Profile: Devonte Green

  • 10/25/2017 9:09 am in

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ve transitioned from our look at other Big Ten programs to our player-by-player previews of the 2017-18 Indiana roster. Today, our profiles continue with a look at Devonte Green.

If Saturday’s scrimmage at Hoosier Hysteria is a sign of what’s to come this season for Devonte Green, the sophomore guard appears to be in line for a breakout campaign.

He led all scorers in Indiana’s first public scrimmage with 14 points and was the best player on the floor for the red team, which prevailed 40-31.

Green didn’t lack confidence as a freshman as he averaged 4.4 points in 15.2 minutes per game, including three starts. The New York native shot 43.6 percent on 3s, 45.1 percent on 2s and 70.4 percent from the free throw line in his first season.

Where he struggled, however, was taking care of the ball. Green had a turnover percentage of 28.8 percent, the highest mark on the team. At media day in late September, Archie Miller hinted that he’d like to see Green attempt to make the simple play more often.

“He’s definitely an East Coast guard. He’s got a lot of confidence in himself,” Miller said. “He’s got a lot of city in his game, in terms of how he maneuvers, plays. He’s got a lot of style. Now, we’ve got to take a little bit of the style and tone it down. Just to get a layup, it doesn’t need to be that pretty type of thing. Or don’t try to make the play every single time.

“But he’s done a really nice job, and I think, in identifying him here early, he’s a guy that I think he can really thrive with how we play. He’s got to do it within our framework, but I think he can. He’s definitely got a little East Coast to him. He’s competitive as well, especially in the practice setting.”

The competitiveness Miller referenced doesn’t just come from Green on the offensive end.

Green was very solid defensively as a freshman and has continued to blossom in the offseason.

“The thing I like about Devonte, when focused, he has been tremendous defensively,” Miller explained. “He’s given me great confidence that he could be an Indiana defender, maybe here earlier than some of the other guys. He’s got great instincts, great quickness, physical, tough.”

Assuming Green can cut down on the turnovers – an objective for the entire roster – he should figure heavily into the rotation on Miller’s first Indiana team.

Although Robert Johnson and Josh Newkirk appear to have the inside track on the starting guard spots, Green should be in the mix to take over some of the minutes vacated by James Blackmon Jr.

Bottom Line: Green is a capable playmaker and had some impressive passes as a freshman, but his primary strength offensively is his ability to score. He can handle the ball, but he’s not a point guard. On a team that will be looking to replace the offensive production of Blackmon Jr., Green could shoulder some of the load. Defensively, he has the ability to make a positive impact and as Miller said, early indications are that he could be ahead of some of his peers.

Quotable: “Well, being recruited, a big part of my game was my defense. I’ve always taken pride in it. So I just bring it every day, and I guess he (Miller) sees that.” – Green on his defense at media day.

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  • I’m just preparing myself for the great potential loss ahead of time.

  • marcusgresham

    It would be impolite to say how I want Grayson Allen to leave Assembly Hall.

  • marcusgresham

    His younger brother was at Hoosier Hysteria, too. Don’t know if he’s a player or not–looked like he’s probably somewhere between 14 and 16. He was proudly wearing a shirt with Devonte on it, though.

  • marcusgresham

    Ladies and Gentlemen, may I have your attention. Do NOT take the brown acid!

  • marcusgresham

    I think he will be in Bloomington all four years based on his size. There aren’t a lot of guys his height jumping ship early for the NBA…and he will HAVE to be a PG to play at that level.

  • marcusgresham

    Not a shot–he threw an alley-oop; I believe it was to McSwain.

  • Ralf, Jesus did not have wheels.

  • marcusgresham

    If it worked that way Pat Knight would have been a decent coach.

  • marcusgresham

    You mean WGS? (Winston Garland’s Son)

  • Dasstoni

    I agree I can’t think of any better PG’s on the current roster.

  • pcantidote

    So I’ve heard.

  • pcantidote

    Remember when we had Patrick Ewing Jr. and he led us to multiple Final 4s? Yeah, that was awesome.

  • bball at nick’s

    A guy by the name of Dasstoni has been spreading this rumor. Don’t believe it! 😉

  • Fifer39

    Me too. I’ve always defended Josh Newkirk when he’s been quite heavily criticised at times but, with a view to the future, I was hoping to see Devonte taking more of the share of PG minutes this year.

  • Fifer39

    He had to hold it in the final possession of HH, seriously?? I though Creans reaction was OTT. C’mon coaches, let the guys play and quit worrying about hurting someone’s feelings.

  • Outoftheloop

    I am not buying that Ole. Who is this “better” PG on the roster?

  • Outoftheloop

    If he shoots 55% on FG, 45% on 3’s, 80% on FT, averages 5 assists and 5 rebounds/game, he will be gone!

  • Outoftheloop

    25-30 minutes/game, if he can shoot and pass!

  • Ole Man

    Best pure PG is JN.
    It’s not even close.
    I want to see DG off the ball, attacking.

  • Ole Man

    You have yet to give JN any credit.
    I take nothing you say seriously.
    Honestly, I’m not sure what your purpose is on this board except to diss certain players and troll.

  • Ole Man

    28% TO rate last season. Lots of room to improve.
    Even if he gets down to 20%, do you want him out there 25-30 minutes a game. That’s superstar minutes, btw.
    I think DG has great upside.
    I also think the kid has a ton of growing to do.
    Unless, IU goes 3 guards and/or CH is hurt, he comes off the bench beginning the season.

  • John D Murphy

    And Jeremiah rivers. His dad played a little and his brother still does. Didn’t Evan Gordon’s brother win the NBA three point shooting contest last year. I don’t ever remember Greens older brother doing that.

  • John D Murphy

    Except apparently for the punting gene that all the Colquitts have.

  • John D Murphy

    Hook, line, and sinker. I think you got your fish. Your post and the reply to it have been the best of my day so far. You sir, win the internet today.

  • bball at nick’s

    Probably the same obsessive troll who used to diss RJ.

  • bball at nick’s

    Or if JN gets hurt, Heaven forbid! He was on the bench during HH after all.

  • Arch Puddington

    ITH has its moments…

  • bball at nick’s

    Are you sure it was his brother? What I’ve read is that they are three brothers, Danny (NBA), Rashad (older than Devonte), and Devonte. Actually, I came upon a very touching story about their lives.

  • IUMIKE1

    Would be interesting to know the percentage that did and didn’t get your comment and what age group each falls into. lol

  • He’s totally coming off the bench the beginning of the season. Just like Peyton Ramsey did. Play the best players, even if that means three guards.

  • I have a gene for making very good toast.

  • TomJameson

    He can play some point, and he (as all the guards) will likely play at the point at some time, but that is definitely not his strength. I think Archie would know better than you or I where Devonte is best.
    DG’s strength is at the #2 spot, and the comparison to JBJ is spot on. Those are the same “type” of players (offensively) although I think Devonte is more mobile, and obviously can play more defense.

  • TomJameson

    We don’t know if his ball handling has improved or not. He led the team in turnovers last year. I know it sounds like I don’t like DG, but I do. I think he is going to be an awesome player for us this year, but not at point.

    JN is a 5th year senior, and if he plays like he did the last third of the season, and cuts down on turnovers (like the rest of the team needs to do), he will be fantastic.

  • TomJameson

    I think I’d rather take Archie Millers take on that, rather than yours. You’ve been quite “vocal” about your pure, irrational, hate of Josh.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Turnovers are a result of poor decision making and poor accuracy, mostly. When I said “ball handling” I literally just meant his dribbling ability and control of the ball. He seemed to have better command and was able to create space easier. Also, I really like JN and agree that he is an integral part of our team.

  • TomJameson

    Okay, with that delineation, I agree. 🙂

    I think DG will get better all around this year. I DO think he’ll cut down on turnovers, and have a breakout season. But I think it’ll be because of his focus on “replacing” JBJ. Lot of differences, but wow, I think DG will be scoring a lot of points as a shooting guard. I still think he’ll play some at the point as well, but his focus will be creating his own shot, and scoring a ton.

  • SCHoosier

    Given Archie’s determination to improve the D and cut down on the TO’s..any one on the floor who is careless with the ball will soon find his butt on the bench. Trick i s to keep DG’s creativity with the ball within the game plan. Last year he was downright reckless on O at times. Freshman flutters? Love this kid’s potential to defend, score and get the crowd into the game. To stay in the game Green must demonstrate his ability to protect the ball.

  • Outoftheloop

    I would call it very close. Split the PG minutes about even between Josh and Devonte. Then give Rob some rest with Devonte as well as Curtis as the shooting guard. Play some games and see about the TO’s, scoring, assists, shooting %, etc. and defense, rebounding, etc. We all want the most productive 5 plus rotation possible.

  • Outoftheloop

    I don’t see starting versus early sub as too important. I do think that 25 minutes or more is the key.

  • Outoftheloop

    Devonte wants to be great. So “curbing your enthusiasm”, is a small price to pay to win over your coach!

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes, and IU was up big time!

  • Outoftheloop

    And Doc Rivers other son.

  • Outoftheloop

    Devonte will likely be one of our 5 best at “winning time”!

  • Outoftheloop

    IU has 4 experienced and talented guards. No one is going to “throw the ball away 6 times a game” and be on the floor. I trust Archie!

  • AndyCapp

    LOL, Upvote!

  • marcusgresham

    Yes. In the autograph line I asked and he said yes, it was his brother.

  • marcusgresham

    That is virtually assured to not happen.
    Yogi only averaged 5.6 assists his senior year (3.8 reb. 4.9a, 3.2 reb. the previous year.)
    You’d have to go all the way back to the 1999-2000 season to even find the last guy to average 5+ apg for IU–Michael Lewis at 5.3–so he’d have to have a season that rivaled the #1 and #2 guys in IU history in regards to assists.
    The last guy to get close (5.3 apg, 4.9 rpg,) was Bobby Wilkerson all the way back in the perfect season. Before him…..no one–assists were only listed back to the 70-71 season, and no one in IU history was able to accomplish that feat.

  • marcusgresham

    I’m 47 so my knowledge of it is second-hand.

  • Ole Man

    Loop, that would be a disaster. Even when he settled down at the end of last year, DG avg. one assist to one TO, so that would indicate he has a long way to go before splitting time at PG.
    A few minutes there to give whomever a rest is one thing; any more he just isn’t ready for.
    Learning on the job as you suggested isn’t really an option either as both JN and RJ are better options than DG at this point; particularly if you want to win.
    The most productive 5 does not have DG starting at PG.