Highly athletic, multi-positional prospect who shines at running back, but has also been recruited by many at corner. “Because there were a lot of teams that had me as a top priority, but I just feel like certain teams can get better -- even without me -- but I want to help create my own legacy and help a team build its legacy even more. They've already got a nickname set up for me (‘Money’), everything,” Green said. I thought about it, I didn't want to do it too quick. And I've been there before and I loved it there. He also scored more than 20 points in 14 games as a sophomore, cut down on his turnovers and improved his ability to score at all three levels. AJ Green wants to return to UNI basketball after NBA Draft process Panther sophomore declares for draft for feedback, could stay in with first-round promise Both Boone and Vecenie believe more serious NBA conversations are ahead as Green eventually tries to become UNI's first NBA Draft pick since 1973. Track standout with a 10.38 100 and 21.46 200 on his resume. “Coming back is something that I want to do not only for myself, but all my teammates, too,” Green said. Couples good initial burst with home run-hitting long speed. He's very enthusiastic with everything he says. “The release on his shot is ... unique. Tulsa (Okla.) Union four-star running back AJ Green has committed to Arkansas. Sam Pittman offered Green shortly after taking over in Fayetteville, and running backs coach Jimmy Smith and the Hogs’ offensive staff have made the Tulsa native their top priority ever since. Tools and Resources Used by Real General Managers. But it was still barely 1-to-1 (92 assists to 90 turnovers). Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard. He is the Razorbacks’ 11th verbal commitment for the Class of 2021. The Register chatted with two NBA Draft experts — The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie and CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone — about Green’s draft decision and the effects COVID-19 has on it, as well as Green’s game and future NBA outlooks. Although AJ Green is likely to return to UNI following last weekend's early declaration, insight here from NBA Draft experts provides a clearer look at Green's NBA potential. https://bit.ly/2rj0khwAnd follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DesMoinesRegisterOr Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DMRegisterOr Twitter: https://twitter.com/DMRPanthers= = =And support our journalists by becoming a paying subscriber: https://bit.ly/2Gc11mO Maybe you can do some FaceTime calls with the way the pre-draft process is working this year. © 2005-2020 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. “We're going to get this rebuilding done and we're going to get this thing rolling. He’s going to have to prove he can take on tough assignments. Two-sport athlete in football and track (60 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters). After winning the MVC’s Freshman of the Year award in 2019, Green followed it up by winning the league’s player of the year award this season. Boone: "There are some limitations to his game and to his upside. Spring 2018: Placed fifth in Oklahoma 6A 100 meters and recorded personal best 10.38 (wind-aided) as only a freshman. With Green on board, Arkansas now holds three commitments from the state of Oklahoma. In terms of what he needs to improve, he needs to show he can defend at the next level. The junior-to-be said there’s still a lot he’s focused on accomplishing with his teammates at UNI before moving on. Spencer Haldeman #30. AJ Green #4. He’s probably not going to get a chance to travel and be in front of teams. So the anticipation in his passing isn't always great. Tywhon Pickford #3. The COVID-19 pandemic certainty adds another layer. He calls me every day just to check up on me, make sure I'm doing good, so yeah, he's great. “A lot of it was what I had heard from Coach (Ben Jacobson),” Green said. It's not a problem when he has time to load it up. Spring 2019: Won Oklahoma 6A gold in 100 meters (10.52 season record) and bronze in 200 meters (21.46 personal record) as a sophomore. "They were ready. “Coach talked to quite a few people that he knows around the league, got some feedback from them about what they thought would be a good decision for me, and then I talked to Coach about it and talked to my family a lot about it. Full Roster. Of the 156 early-entrant players, Green is one of at least 30-plus prospects from mid-major schools. All rights reserved. as Missouri Valley Conference player of the year, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. "I talked to Keuan not too long ago. “I still haven’t gotten to an NCAA tournament and that’s something we always talk about as a program.”, UNI men's basketball picked for championship repeat in MVC preseason poll, Cedar Rapids set to host more NCAA national tournaments, Deep bench a requirement for UNI football in 2020, UNI women's basketball picked 3rd in MVC preseason poll, UNI men's basketball piecing together non-conference schedule, Iowa Economic Development Authority approves up to $2.6 million in tax credits for brownfield, grayfield developments in Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids teachers say coronavirus driving 60-hour weeks, Enter your pet in The Gazette Halloween costume contest, Iowa City photographer adapts during pandemic, raises money for homeless, Cedar Rapids estimates derecho recovery will cost at least $60 million, Iowa high school football roundup: First-round playoff scores, stats and more, Here are the 2020 Iowa high school football second-round playoff matchups, Marion rallies to stun Clear Creek Amana in Class 3A first round, Social media has made the Black Lives Matter movement undeniable, Iowa Ideas panelists say, Online learning could find permanent niche as legacy of COVID-19. I think we'll see a lot more underclassmen decide to come back to college— as opposed to staying in the draft this year as compared to year's past — because of the pandemic and the way the draft process has been so restricted.”. Green believes the Razorbacks can continue to capitalize in his home state. Slippery strength to run through arm tackles. He’s 6-foot-3, 6-foot-4 — so a big part of that is going to be gaining bulk. Congratulations AJ! Both analysts focused on Green’s decision-making before he jumps to the next level. He's funny. In fact, under the implemented rule that prospects can only twice declare for the NBA Draft and return to school during a collegiate career, this was the essential use-it-or-lose-it option for Green, since he didn’t declare as a freshman. That's what we're doing.”. Boone: "UNI trusts AJ with the ball a lot, and he's generally fine if it's a situation where he's looking to score. Confirm that your trade proposal is valid according to the NBA collective bargaining agreement. “They're telling me how many times I'm going to get the ball on special teams, offense, all of that. Green (@ajgreen_18) “Just some long, hard consideration. "Jimmy Smith, that man, he's a great man. They have manifested excellence by giving a damn. Height: 6-4 (193cm)     Weight: 189 (86kg), Current NBA Status: Draft Eligible in 2022, Early Entry Info: 2020 Early Entrant (Withdrew), High School: Cedar Falls High School [Cedar Falls, Iowa]. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Green broke down his decision in an exclusive interview with HawgSports.com on June 5. Green has been sidelined since early in training camp with a torn ligament in his ankle. I have heard that (workouts) might get moved back,” Green said. He’s the third from his own conference. Northern Iowa Quick Links. Adequate build and frame for the athlete designation that could translate to the backfield or the secondary. After a freshman year that revealed glimpses of his expected impact, Green led the Valley in scoring (19.7 ppg), free-throw percentage (91.7%) and 3-pointers made (91). Green announced in favor of the Hogs on Friday, turning down offers from Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU, Texas, Nebraska, Baylor and many others. I'm a competitor.". Green has been getting shots up during the pandemic in his parents’ driveway and occasionally at some gyms. UNI's AJ Green has basketball in his blood Dad is an assistant and mom played in college, too.

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