2016-2017 Player Profile: Devonte Green

  • 10/17/2016 8:09 am in

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we begin our look at Indiana’s roster with Devonte Green.

Devonte Green has some big shoes to fill.

The younger brother of San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, the 6-foot-3 combo guard will be following in the footsteps of Yogi Ferrell and Isiah Thomas, donning the number 11 while at Indiana.

Green, who has been playing varsity basketball since seventh grade, received offers from nearly 15 schools, including Arizona and Texas, before deciding on committing to Indiana back in January. Green said the biggest factors in his decision were his relationship with the coach and the style of play.

As a senior at Long Island Lutheran, Green was one of four finalists for Mr. Basketball New York. Green led the team in scoring, putting up more than 20 points a game.

“[Devonte]’s just a tremendous athlete and he had a couple of games where he rattled off seven or eight 3s for us,” Long Island Lutheran coach John Buck told Inside The Hall back in June. “He’s got that ability, he’s just got to keep the game very simple and stay very consistent.”

Green is known as a scoring guard but has developed an all-around game to match. He averaged 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game in his senior season while leading the Crusaders in steals and blocks.

“When he’s locked in defensively – and everyone talks about him offensively – but defensively was his greatest asset for us,” Buck said. “He’s really, really good on the ball. He plays very hard. He has the ability to do so many different things just looking at his stat line.”

In fact, Crean said at media day last week that Green was second on the team in deflections through the first 10 or 11 practices.

How much playing time Green receives his freshman year remains uncertain. The backcourt is already stacked with upperclassmen James Blackmon, Robert Johnson, and Josh Newkirk, as well as incoming top 60 guard Curtis Jones.

It will be vital for Green to make the most of his early season minutes if he wants to be a significant part of the rotation once conference play comes around.

Quotable: “Devonte just kept getting better and better. He’s exactly what we want the program to be about, improvement. It’s not just improving when you get to Indiana, it’s the improvement you make before that. Devonte was one of those people, as we watched, I wanted to like him, I did like him. But I needed to see more, and by the time we offered him a scholarship, I’d seen plenty and I don’t think we’re even close to seeing how much we’re going to see.” – Tom Crean speaking to the media in June.

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  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    love his athleticism, i think there’s a ton of upside. really glad we got him. and i’m relieved that drug lord el chapo was returned to prison.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I don’t know why, but I just have a feeling Green is going to have a much better career than a lot of 4 star recruits. I think he’ll surprise a lot of people.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    I don’t know where to post this, so I guess I’m doing it here. I saw the practice aired on BTN on Saturday and here are my takeaways:

    1.) CTC is dialed into EVERYTHING that goes on during his practice. I mean, obviously coaches pay attention while guys are running drills, but coach looked like a lion stalking prey on the serengeti! He was totally tuned into guys not squaring up their bodies when they shot or dribbling too much before shooting. He really wants these guys to get it right and succeed.

    2.) JN was good, but I was more impressed with RJ’s ball handling and decision making. I could see him running point easily. There were a couple times CTC praised him for his decision making on the offensive end.

    3.) JBJ is quick and still can shoot lights out. There wasn’t too much D being played by anyone in the practice, but he looked solid on the defensive end and I believe got a steal.

    4.) To piggy back on my comment about defense, what defense WAS played, Devonte Green looked great! Long arms and seemed to get up on the ball without fouling.

    5.) To my surprise, Grant Gelon was a good shooter from deep! Obviously he was recruited as a shooter, but sometimes that doesn’t transfer over from high school to D1 bball. He looked to be able to keep pace fine and still knock down some treys.

    6.) BIGGER surprise, Johnny Jaeger might actually be a solid contributor! He was quick and could handle the ball. Made good passes and took it to the basket sometimes for a quick layup going through 2 defenders. It was just one practice, but he’s on the right track.

    7.) TB caught the ball on the blocks and tried to back into DD and then went up for a jumper and FLAT FOOTED, DD jumped up and TB was DE-NIED! I audibly let out a “HA!” and expected to see DD do his best Dikembe Mutombo. “NO NO NO”! LOL! I can see why he holds the blocks record for his school.

    Just b/c I didn’t say something about each guy doesn’t mean they weren’t good. EVERYBODY on that team is hard nosed and is a hustler. They definitely have the desire and skills to do something great this year. I’M EXCITED!

  • SCHoosier

    DG is going to have to fight for minutes..but will earn rotation time IMO. Love the comments on his defense. That combined with his physicality (built like a football safety)
    and offensive capability should make him a contributor his freshman year.

  • Yeah, I saw a lot of the same. Newkirk will deliver, I’m pretty confident about that. And I too was particularly impressed with RJ. He’s going to be the floor general by January. He’s solid in all ways and will play his way AT LEAST to “honorable mention” in the Big Ten honors, but I expect more. Second team in conference, perhaps. People need to be much more excited about a 3rd year guard who has started his entire career, has been asked to do a whole lot from day 1, and has generally delivered. In addition, he’s been overshadowed by Yogi and JBJ the entire time. RJ is going to be a stud for IU. Mark it down.

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  • HuntinHoosier86

    Yeah, JN looked a little lost at times with plays, but has good hustle and read on the offense. Hopefully he can defend well.

  • Bruce Clark

    Sounds like we have two lock-down guards in Green and RJ. Great to read about Gelon and Jager: more needed depth. Very happy for JBJ: sounds like he is fully recovered and Davis: sweet! Having another athletic 6’10” player to go against in practice will help both DD and TB – and I envision DD, TB, and OG in the front court often this year.

    Coming back to RJ: he has been overshadowed his first two years but looking forward to seeing RJ take over the floor leadership this year.

  • I’m open to this. I’ve heard several people make similar comments. But I for one am not a believer yet. This is entirely due to my own ignorance. I just haven’t seen much of him to have an opinion, and I can basically say this for all the new freshmen. I’m eagerly awaiting lots of pleasant surprises from the new class. And I’m fairly optimistic they’ll at least make some contributions this year and be very solid in the next.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    CRAP! Can’t believe I forgot about OG!!!

    8.) OG IS A BEAST! He was jammin’ it, running the floor to beat everybody, solid on D. He’s the real deal!

  • John D Murphy

    I have a good feeling about DG. I think in 4 years we’ll be talking whose replacing him.

  • Zach

    Just got done watching the rerun of the practice last night on BTN. I LOVED what I saw from both RJ and especially Juwan. Just like RJ has been overshadowed by Yogi and JBJ, Juwan has been in the shadows of OG and TB. Juwan is so versatile I can’t wait to watch him this year.

  • Chi-Town Hoosier

    Thank you! Agreed – nobody really gives RJ much love, but he is critical for this team this year and I think he showed better than Newkirk in that practice (I think he even stripped Newkirk one possession) and he made an excellent read and pass on another secondary break. This guys has been solid his first two years – I am hoping that he can continue to progress as a facilitator and ability to create his own shot. I feel like he was really feeling it at the end of last year which made that injury so tough.

  • Agreed with everyone about RJ, and I think the only reason he’s remained in the shadows a bit was his injury last season. He was JUST starting to get serious recognition for his defense. I think we’d be talking much, much more about him if his perimeter defense had helped us beat UNC in the tourney last year.

  • inLinE6

    That was very true. We just needed somebody to check Marcus Paige. That was a crazy night.

  • my take was that he was the best on the floor that day. Hands down. But it was only a few minutes of scrimmage, very early in the season. You might say IU has “a few others” who might place themselves in this debate as the season goes on.

  • kennygeorge

    Folks, some great comments, and the season is so close, I’m breaking out in hives!!! Did I see some NEW hairdos out there??? It was great watching practice and reading your comments. Time to rock and roll.

  • bleeding crimson

    I think what I like the best of all is that coach is “dialed in” as you stated. I think he has finally become the coach he needs to be with the staff and team that he has built to his standard and style. It is not just his style but he has learned to adjust tot he BIG 10 ways as well. We are watching a good coach becoming a great coach. He has made many mistakes but also has made changes along the way to compensate for such. Not only do we have a great balanced team but they seem to gel quicker, have a team spirit and great work ethic about them.
    Kudo’s to CTC and Co.

    I not surprised about anything else that you have stated except DD could be a beast.

  • ConcernedCitizen

    Devonte is instant offense, inside and outside. He will mixed it up underneath with the trees and wants to guard the best guard on the floor. Hoosier land will love him. I’m happy with all of the newcomers. I believe Kansas will have their hands full!