Posted On: 10/3/18 2:54 PM
Transferring from a public school to a private school always involves a lot of adjustment. For 2019 guard Drew Green, attending McDonogh from Lake Clifton last year didn’t include many road bumps as most. First and foremost, Green was a great student in the classroom. Usually for student athletes in this situation, the work load and expectations of a private school education can be a shock, but Green has been able to maintain a great GPA.
On the court is where he experienced the most challenges. The MIAA A Conference is considered as one of the best on the east coast and some may argue that it is one of the best in the entire country.
“It was a really big adjustment for me,” Green continued, “the playing style was completely different. Players are much more skillful and everyone is just bigger, stronger and faster. The entire game is a lot faster as well. The MIAA as a whole is just way tougher in my opinion.”
Although the adjustments were extreme, Green quickly found his role next to current Florida guard Noah Locke. He was a secondary option offensively behind Locke, but made he presence felt throughout the game by doing the little things and stuffing the stat sheet.
The 6-foot-3 guard has great athleticism that allows him to play above the rim. He can put the ball on the floor as a slasher and finish around the basket. Green has a high basketball IQ, but there were portions of last season where you could tell the speed of the game altered his decision-making.
This past spring/summer while playing for Cecil Kirk, Green had a specific part of his game that he focused on improving. Many college coaches have been critical of it based on last season, but he has worked relentlessly and I’m confident in saying that the hard work will show from the start.
“I really focused on my shot,” Green told Prep Hoops. “Specifically when I was tired. I want to be able to shoot the ball well all of the time. Anyone can do it when they aren’t tired, but I want to be one of the players that have that extra gear late in games. I’ve been getting in the gym this summer as much as I can and just shoot until I can’t anymore. It’s something that I’ll never stop working on.”
Looking ahead to this season, McDonogh has a ton of young talent. Green will be one of the lone seniors and returners from last year, so he will be leaned on heavily during high-pressure situations.
“I feel as though we have a good group,” Green said as he spoke on expectations for this season. “We’ve built some pretty good chemistry and I feel as though we will do well in this conference. As for myself, my goal is to help my team win as much as possible and do what I can both on and off the court to help these guys and give it my all every game.”
Green’s recruitment has started to pick up recently. Chestnut Hill offered Green, his lone offer to date, but more schools from all levels have been in contact with him. Stone Hill has been a school that has become interested, Green told Prep Hoops.
Green boasts a 3.5 GPA currently with intentions of majoring in some type of social work or physical therapy in college.
— Uncle Drew???????? (@DrewGreen_) December 4, 2017