September 22, 2015 After taking two official visits last weekend to Division II programs Sioux Falls and Wayne State, Cascade big-man Devin Green was able to add to his list of offers. The 6-foot-7 power forward already had offers from D2…
September 22, 2015
After taking two official visits last weekend to Division II programs Sioux Falls and Wayne State, Cascade big-man Devin Green was able to add to his list of offers.
The 6-foot-7 power forward already had offers from D2 programs Upper Iowa, Truman State, and Sioux Falls — Wayne State became the fourth school to offer him on his visit.
Now with a variety of schools to choose from, Green says that although he’s still hearing some from Division I programs, he’ll likely make his decision in the next month on where he’ll play college ball.
“I’m still hearing a little bit from some low-major D1s, but my plan is to probably commit within the next month to one of those four schools,” said Green, PHI’s 9th-ranked 2016.
Green has been a staple in the Barnstormers' system throughout his high school career, and says he saw improvements with his passing, and work-ethic this offseason.
“I definitely saw myself improving in a lot of ways,” said Green. “I definitely improved with my passing and my court-vision, especially finding people on the perimeter. I think my work-ethic changed with the Barnstormers, playing harder and getting up and down the court a lot quicker.”
After spending his last two season’s starting on state tournament qualifiers, Green will be one of just two returning starters to a team that will have a new look.
“I don’t see my role changing on the court, but I definitely see it changing off the court. I’ll have to be more of a leader,” said Green. “We’ll have a lot of inexperienced guys playing with us, so I really think that I’ll have to do a great job leading this group.”
April 22, 2015
One of the best bigs in a class chock-full of talented posts is Cascade and Iowa Barnstormer power forward Devin Green.
He’s a 6-foot-7, thick bodied big-man with well-developed skills in the paint and plus-passing ability for a big — it’s a package of assets that has generated a lengthy list of Division I and Division II suitors.
“The most interest I’d say would be Cornell University in New York and Northern Illinois, and then D2 it’d be University of Mary, Upper Iowa and Wayne State,”
He says after the state basketball tournament other interest came flooding in from D1 schools Central Michigan, Western Illinois, Nebraska-Omaha and Air Force, and also D2s Truman State and Northwest Missouri State.
He went to the Northern Illinois for a visit and then attended their football game vs Iowa last fall where was able to talk with some of the players on the basketball team. He’s also visited South Dakota and he informed us he’ll be taking a visit to Truman State later today.
With his skills in the paint already polished, Green says he’d like to work on expanding his role this offseason while running with the Barnstormers.
“My post game is still progressing and getting better and I’m working a lot on my outside shot right now. My coach has really talked with me about extending it to be more of a stretch-four. My senior year I’m hoping to expand my game more past the block,” said Green, who described to PHI what type of player he’d like to become at the next level.
“I see myself as a power forward, and I’ll be on the block a lot, but also a guy with an expanded game who can take people off the dribble and shoot.”
In addition to developing more of an outside presence, the talented post says he’d like to develop his knowledge of the game.
“Personally I just want to learn the game more,” he said. “I’m still a student of the game, I want to learn to play harder, learn to play more physical, be more tough, more smart — just all the mental aspects.”
August 29, 2014
Not only did Iowa Barnstormer Devin Green grow an inch this summer (he’s now 6-foot-7), but he grew his game as well.
“I think I’m getting quicker and more explosive, but I’m still working on that. And I’m really working on my shot, my ball-handling and my left hand,” said Green, PHI's 3rd-ranked 2016.
“There’s little things that I could really see dramatic improvement on by just working on them every day in the summer.”
In addition to traveling the country with the 16U Barnstormers this summer, Green attended the Drake and South Dakota State elite camps in June.
“I talked to Coach (Jeff) Rutter at Drake and they said that they were impressed and that they'll continue to follow me,” said Green.
“I get letters in the mail from Drake and University of San Diego about once a week.”
Along with Drake and South Dakota State there is a bunch of other Division I suitors starting to test the waters.
“I’ve gotten texts or calls from Cornell in New York, North Dakota State, South Dakota and Wayne State, also University of Mary,” said Green.
“And South Dakota just called the other day and said they wanted me to come there for a workout and a visit.”
Gardner Webb and Northern Colorado have slowed their recruiting of the Cascade big-man who says Drake is, but isn’t his early favorite.
“I like Drake a lot,” said Green. “It’s close to home and I like the coaching staff, but I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a favorite.”
April 4, 2014
Division I schools have already started calling on Devin Green, and the attention paid to him figures to only intensify this summer.
The 6-foot-6 Cascade forward built some recruiting capital this past summer while playing with the Barnstormers.
There’s been a lot of small mid-major D1 schools that have reached out,” Green said. “It’s really slowed down since the summer with AAU with the Barnstormers.
“Some small NAIA schools have started now since high school started.”
Green, PHI’s third-ranked player in the Class of 2016, shot 65.3 percent from the floor in his sophomore campaign and averaged 13.4 points per game for a Cascade squad that lost an overtime match to Treynor in the Class 2A consolation finals at the state tournament in Des Moines last month. He also grabbed 6.8 rebounds per game.
He’s becoming one of the more coveted players in the 2016 class.
“I’ve heard from Drake, Northern Colorado, Gardner Webb, (Northern Iowa),” Green said. “I went to Drake and a UNI camp over last summer, and this summer I plan to go to Drake and UNI and hopefully go out to Northern Colorado.”
Green hopes to grow his game from outside the paint as he prepares for his junior season.
“(Cascade) coach (Al) Marshall has really talked to me about expanding my game out to be more of a stretch-four,” Green said, “be more of a threat on the outside instead of just the inside.”