A. J. Green (basketball)
|No. 4 – Northern Iowa Panthers|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|League||Missouri Valley Conference|
|Born||September 27, 1999|
Cedar Falls, Iowa
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Cedar Falls|
(Cedar Falls, Iowa)
|College||Northern Iowa (2018–present)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Early life and high school careerEdit
Green attended Holmes Junior High School, where he first decided he wanted to play college basketball. He played for Cedar Falls High School on the basketball team as well as the Iowa Barnstormers in AAU play. As a senior, he averaged 26 points per game and became Cedar Falls' all-time leading scorer. He led the team to a state championship with Luke Loughren and Jacob Nelson.
Green was a consensus four-star recruit and was considered the No. 78 player in the 2018 class by ESPN. On August 11, 2017, he committed to play college basketball for Northern Iowa, where his father was a member of the coaching staff. Green became the highest-rated player to ever commit to Northern Iowa and the program's first four-star recruit. He chose the Panthers over offers from Iowa State, Minnesota and Nebraska, among other major programs.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|A. J. Green
|Cedar Falls, IA||Cedar Falls (IA)||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||165 lb (75 kg)||Aug 11, 2017|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN: ESPN grade: 84|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Rivals: 94 247Sports: 80 ESPN: 78|
As a freshman, Green averaged 15 points per game. However, he struggled with turnovers, with 77 assists to 94 turnovers. Green was named Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Northern Iowa player to receive the honor since Seth Tuttle in 2012, as well as Third Team All-MVC. On January 4, 2020, Green scored a career-high 35 points in a 69–64 win over Bradley. He had 34 points on February 8, in a 83–73 win over Drake. On February 12, Green scored 27 points in a 71–63 win over Illinois State and surpassed the 1,000 point threshold. At the conclusion of the regular season, Green was named MVC Player of the Year. He averaged 19.7 points and 3.0 assists per game as a sophomore. Following the season, Green declared for the 2020 NBA draft. However, on July 30, 2020, he withdrew from the draft and decided to return to Northern Iowa for his junior season.
On December 13, 2020, Panthers head coach Ben Jacobson announced that Green would undergo hip surgery and miss the remainder of the 2020–21 season. He only appeared in 3 games, averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Green's father, Kyle Green, is an associate head basketball coach for Northern Iowa. Kyle played NCAA Division III basketball for Hamline University before spending one season professionally in Denmark, where he also began his coaching career. Green's mother, Michele, played basketball for Hamline and is a chiropractor. Green's younger sister, Emerson, plays basketball for Cedar Falls High School and is committed to Northern Iowa.
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- Southard, Dargan (April 25, 2020). "UNI basketball: AJ Green declares for 2020 NBA Draft, leaves door open for college return". Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
- "AJ Green Withdraws From 2020 NBA Draft". UNIPanthers.com. July 30, 2020. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
- Bain, Matthew (December 13, 2020). "UNI point guard AJ Green will undergo season-ending hip surgery". Des Moines Register. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
- Bair, Cole (December 31, 2019). "UNI's AJ Green has basketball in his blood". The Gazette. Retrieved February 7, 2020.