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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  • Arch Puddington

    Devonte Green is one of the key indicators of the upcoming season. If he can bring his best stuff night in and night out, he could change the whole complexion of the team. Even allowing for the discussion we recently had about Josh Newkirk’s being better than many want to give him credit for, DG just has that little extra something that you need in a lead guard. I said in a post following Hoosier Hysteria that he has more sass to his game than anyone else on the team, and I mean that in a good way. He can get to spots that arguably no on else can, and he has just enough swagger to stand up to big moments. It will take more than just him for the Hoosiers to make the tournament, but if he emerges as a player who can initiate our offense for 30 minutes per night, we will be better for it.

  • Mark Bando

    Green is going to be the best player on our team next year. You heard it here first.

  • pcantidote

    Whether he starts or not, DG is going to be a key player on this team likely logging big minutes at both SG and PG. He’s a guy that can do a little bit of everything — score, pass, rebound, defend. Heck, I think his brother even plays in the NBA ;). I think with him, RJ and JN, we will have a very solid perimeter defense, which will be a refreshing change.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i get what you’re saying. this team needs a leader, a bonafide floor general, no matter if he’s playing 1 or 2 (i think CM mentioned he may play both positions). and it’s gonna take someone with his personality and his confidence to step up and take on that role. the challenge will be cutting down his turnovers

  • Arch Puddington

    Wait, his brother plays IN THE NBA? Then why isn’t he already starting? Maybe Archie Miller isn’t as smart as we thought.

  • Ivan Renko

    this kid is the most intriguing player on the roster IMO. the article already said it, but DG is going to thrive under Archie’s system. would not be surprised at all if he’s 1st or 2nd team All Big10 by his junior or senior year.

    assuming his TOs go down, he has already proven he can shoot the 3 at a high rate (44% I believe?), get to the basket, and make some very impressive passes. there were a couple last year he made to TB down low that dropped my jaw. don’t forget about his stifling defense!

    excited for what the future holds for this kid!

  • Tcuomo

    I think Alex got the article title wrong. It should have read: 2017-2018 Player Profile: Danny Green’s Little Brother

  • Dasstoni

    Not mentioned in the above article, this guy is the brother of NBA player Danny Green a one time hero of the NBA finals and former UNC star who also excelled defensively so he has the genes for success. Devonte has the strength and confidence to be a top tier B1G guard and he will be a clear favorite to start at the Point Guard position this year after a very few number of games.

  • Ivan Renko

    imagine this starting lineup – DG, Romeo, Justin Smith, JM, DD.

  • pcantidote

    It has to be a conspiracy. Archie probably knows that if he starts him he will obviously flee to the NBA after one season with his NBA genetics. Archie is just holding him back.

  • Ivan Renko

    as if no one had any idea that he was Danny Green’s brother for the last 2 years

  • Dasstoni

    In this scenario however the “DG” would be Darius Garland, for future reference to avoid confusion you may consider referring to Devonte Green as DGLB (Danny Green’s Little Brother)

  • Arch Puddington

    This whole place is falling apart.

  • Arch Puddington

    Thank you for a reasonable post. Don’t be surprised if you get pushback on the whole “genetics” thing (I mean, Zach McRoberts and Vijay Blackmon also have brothers in the NBA…..), but this is a fairly stated opinion.

  • Dasstoni

    Have Patience, Archie has only had a couple months with the players, I suspect he will realize sooner rather than later that DGLB should be starting at the point guard position, especially after some of the harder non conference games on the schedule when other point guards on the team seem frazzled and throw the ball away 6 times a game.

  • pcantidote

    You mean Winston Garland’s little son, right?

  • Ivan Renko

    Lol. is LBoDG also acceptable? asking for a friend

  • Said it before and I’ll say it again: DG won’t be in Bloomington as long as most of us would like. Big things on his horizon. He’s the most electrifying player on the roster, case closed.

  • bball at nick’s

    I agree he has a good future ahead of him, but Archie believes that his path to greatness means toning down his game a bit, more consistency and less flash. He needs that discipline.

  • Ole Man

    Depends from my POV. He plays, as Archie has noted, too out of control. Even in the scrimmage the other night it showed.
    If he learns to play under control his talent will then begin to really shine.
    If not…

  • Ole Man

    I doubt he will ever be a “clear favorite” to start at PG this year or any year.
    He can pass, yes, but as mentioned he has to get his TOs under control.
    Your dislike, bordering on hate, for JN is well documented and may be clouding your judgement.
    DG might be able to play some minutes at PG but if he is the starter there it would probably be a disaster for IU.

  • sarge

    Nearly spit my soda on the screen this was so funny

  • “genes” don’t work that way. If they did, Michael Jordan and whoever else would fill the elite ranks of all sports, and current rosters wouldn’t be filled with names I don’t recognize. Genetics isn’t a simple, linear, direct relationship…far from it. See for example, “Evolutionary Developmental Biology.”

    At least we agree that DG is going to be a star very soon…

  • bball at nick’s

    Unless JN is not healthy or not living up to Archie’s expectations in practice, I don’t see how a coach can sideline one of his solid and hardworking senior starters to accommodate a sophomore player. Having said that, I think Devonte will see plenty of minutes and has the ingredients to be a starter one day.

  • Point taken. But I think he’ll rein it in. I saw it already happening. Remember when Crean got all over him in that odd outburst at the end of a game for shooting the ball instead of holding it last year? I think he’s matured a bit already and will continue to do so. Case in point: he held the ball in visible frustration in the final possession of HH last weekend, because Archie directed him to do so (instead of shooting). He’s learning. He’ll be just fine. I hope. If not…great, an extra year as a Hoosier!

  • sarge

    You got it wrong, its Devonte Green: Legitimate Baller

  • I see what you did there.

  • I chortled.

  • bball at nick’s

    I told you you are a troll.

  • Not so fast. There are a few recruits that might challenge that statement next year. Juwan as well.

  • VOXAC30

    @clyde_escope:disqus … I don’t know man, I have far outgrown the jeans of my father. LOL sorry couldn’t help myself.

  • Arch Puddington

    Man. let’s hope.

  • Tenacious Newt

    Leave the clowns to the cotton candy boys. We’ve got a defense to learn. Now how do I get a picture show over the avant garde emoticon?

  • Arch Puddington

    Easy,now. He’s toned it down, and he has had some fun with the whole “Danny Green’s brother” thing. Seems like he’s making a good faith effort to contribute.

  • bball at nick’s

    He’s still hating on JN. Did you read his post to which I responded. He’s toying with us, not that I care. I’ll have fun with it, but won’t take him seriously.

  • Jay Skibbe

    WTF ?

  • Jay Skibbe

    TRANSFER ?

  • IdahoHoosier

    We are all glad you are a Danny Green (and UNC?) fan. Not super relevant to Devonte, and constantly bringing up the success of his brother is really unfair and overshadowing. Let Devonte Green be his own guy please.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I have hope DG will clean up the turnovers. But there is some irony commenting on other guards turning the ball over after an article that reminded us that DG had the highest turnover percentage on the team last season. Unless he can change that, he’s just as bad or worse as the guards he’ll be subbing in for.

  • Arch Puddington

    It’s worth pointing out that his TO problem got better over the course of the season. Over the last 15 games of the year, obviously almost half the season, he averaged (rounded off) 1 TO in an average of 20 minutes of playing time. He only averaged 1 assist during the same stretch,so the ratio still isn’t what you’d like, but 1-2 TO per game for a primary ballhandler is totally acceptable.

  • StudentHoosier

    Devonte’s brother, Danny, is in the NBA. People forget that.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I disagree that he isn’t a point guard. He may not have been in the past but what I saw at Hysteria was a leader and facilitator who was also a scorer. He’s got some Allen Iverson in his game for sure.

  • Ole Man

    He’s a combo; he can play some point. IU has better on the roster at this point.

  • HoosierOne

    That’s one thing IU needs this year…..a Defensive maniac. Someone like Victor O who can come into the game and lock down the best playmaker on the other team and take tremendous pride in it. After all, there are plenty of offensive points to be had off turnovers. I want Grayson Allen to leave assembly hall crying because he couldn’t do anything he wanted to do. DG….will that someone be you? 🙂

  • YES YES YES

  • nope

  • Hoosier Hall

    I don’t know if that’s true at this point. He looked much stronger, more composed and confident. His ball handling has improved (it was already pretty good) and he just had a swagger. We definitely have more experienced and proven guys but I feel like Devonte is going to break out even more than Deron Davis this season.

  • iubase

    agree. He has a huge upside. I suspect when B10 season starts he will be logging in 15-20 min a game. He is quick and has ability to score in isolation – which will be needed. He works hard on D. Not sure he leaves before his senior season though….which would be great.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I saw the same thing you did. Green really impressed me. He looks way stronger too.