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2019 Guard Josh Green Talks Move from Australia, Recruiting, and More

JOSH GREEN

Josh Green, the 2019 guard from Hillcrest (AZ) Prep, already holds offers from Arizona, Washington, California, TCU, UNLV, and Arizona State, among others, and has schools like Kansas and Kentucky showing interest.

Green, who is originally from Sydney, Australia, moved to the United States two years ago after his father got a job in Arizona, starting off at Mountain Ridge (AZ) High School. “It’s definitely a big change,” said Green. “The main difference is that basketball in the United States is more of a transition game while Australia is more structured with plays and all that.”

This season at Hillcrest, Green has averaged 20.1 points per game alongside McDonald’s All-American and potential #1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Deandre Ayton. Playing on the Grind Circuit, Hillcrest was able to win a national championship this season.

“I definitely want to try and win the national championship again next year,” said Green. “It was really good. I think [the Grind Circuit] is on the rise. There was a lot of good competition.”

“We’re getting calls from every high major, said Hillcrest coach Kyle Weaver in an interview earlier this month. “When it’s all said and done I think he’ll have his pick of where he wants to go.”

Green will be playing with Earl Watson Elite this summer as the first session of the Under Armour circuit begins Friday in New York. “Josh is one of the top sophomores in the country,” said Ryan Silver, the President of Earl Watson Elite. “He is a terrific young man. He is a multi-dimensional player that can do so many different things.”

With Earl Watson Elite, Green is mainly focusing on improving his game, as he said, “I’m just working on being more versatile, playing multiple positions, point guard and shooting guard. I’m also working on my handles.”

Green is preferably a shooting guard but can also run the point position. “I’m trying to be my own player but my favorite player is definitely Russell Westbrook,” said Green. “He’s so athletic and gets up and down the court.”

When it comes to his recruitment, Green has already taken unofficial visits to UNLV and Arizona.

“The Arizona visit was great. The atmosphere was amazing. It was Midnight Madness and we went for the UCLA game,” he said. “UNLV has a great coaching staff. They’re doing a great job of rebuilding the program and my brother is going there next year.”

Since Green is only a sophomore, coaches aren’t allowed to contact him until June 15, so the Hillcrest coaching staff and Green’s parents have been handling his recruitment.

“I’m definitely looking for a coach that stays around for a long time, a school that fits the way I play, and a school where I can make an impact right away,” said Green. ”

Green isn’t worried about distance when it comes to picking a school, saying, “I moved from Australia, so I’m fine with moving.  I like traveling. It’s just good to see different parts of America and play against different competition.”

Despite being ranked by 247Sports as the #40 overall player in the Class of 2019, there are still things that people don’t know about him. “The main thing that people don’t know about me is that I’m Australian,” said Green. “They just think I’m any other kid from America.”

 

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