He smiled and danced, competed and scrapped. And while Danny Green might
not have had Ty Lawson's speed or Wayne Ellington's jumper, North Carolina would not have won the 2009 National Championship without his toughness.
Personal: Named Nassau County Player of the Year by Newsday Attended St. Mary's High School in Manhassett, N.Y., and was coached by Tim Cluess Played in the McDonald's All-America Round-ball Classic Beach Ball Classic MVP Averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocks as a senior Scored 1,535 career points in three seasons at St. Mary's St. Mary's went 74-5, won three league titles in Long Island Went 25-1 as a senior, lost by two points in the Class AA state CHSAA final Scored 16 points in championship game St. Mary's went 23-2 as a junior and he averaged 16 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and four assists All-Long Island selection in each of his last two seasons Played at North Babylon High School as a freshman Was co-MVP of the 2004 ABCD Camp in Hackensack, N.J. Played quarterback on the freshman football team Born Daniel Richard Green on June 22, 1987 Son of Danny Green Sr. and Rene' Darrell.
HEADER DANIEL RICHARD GREEN Small Forward/Shooting Guard Forward University of North Carolina Tar Heels #14 6:05.5-210 North Babylon, New York St. Mary's High School North Babylon High School
OVERVIEW An unheralded athlete, Green never received the attention accorded UNC stars Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington. Still, he quietly went about his business, producing very impressive numbers, including playing in more games (145) and more wins (123) than any player in the program's history.
He broke Brendan Haywood's North Carolina record for games played (141) and Sam Perkins' record for wins (115). He also tied for second in Atlantic Coast Conference history in wins with Duke's Chris Duhon behind only Duke's Shane Battier (131).
Green tied for fourth in ACC history in games played and is the only player in league annals with 1,000 points (1,368), 500 rebounds (590), 250 assists (256), 150 3-pointers (184), 150 blocks (155) and 150 steals (160). He is also the only Tar Heel ever to register 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 100 blocks and 100 steals. He is one of four players in ACC history with 100 blocked shots and 100 3-point field goals (with Duke's Shane Battier, Maryland's Terence Morris and Wake Forest's Josh Howard), as he ranks 34th in North Carolina history in scoring.
Green excelled in basketball at St. Mary's High School after transferring there after his freshman campaign at North Babylon High, where he lettered as a quarterback for the football team. He was named Nassau County Player of the Year by Newsday as a senior, averaging 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocks that season. The two-time All-Long Island choice scored 1,535 points during his three seasons, leading St. Mary's to a 74-5 record and three league titles.
Green's team went 25-1 in his senior season and lost by two points in the Class AA state CHSAA final, where Green scored 16 points in championship game. St. Mary's compiled a 23-2 record as a junior, as he averaged 16 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and four assists. He closed out his career with a total of 1,535 points scored.
In summer league action, Green played in the McDonald's All-America Roundball Classic. He was also named the Beach Ball Classic MVP. In 2004, he was co-MVP of the ABCD Camp in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Green was a valuable reserve for North Carolina's 2005-06 squad. He was the team's leading scorer off the Tar Heel bench (and fourth overall) with 7.5 points per game. He shot 35.5% from 3-point range and 79.2% from the free throw line, the second-best free throw percentage on the team. He led UNC with 32 blocked shots, becoming the first Tar Heel freshman and first non-starter to lead the team in blocks since Rasheed Wallace had 63 in 1993-94. He also became the first perimeter player ever to lead Carolina in blocks.
As a sophomore, Green excelled in his role as North Carolina's sixth man. He was the team's leading scorer off the bench at 5.2 points per game. He shot 84.8% (39 of 46) from the free throw line and was second on the squad with 25 blocked shots, adding 42 assists to go with 24 steals while averaging 13.6 minutes per game.
In 2007-08, Green started once in 39 games. He combined with Tyler Hansbrough and Wayne Ellingon to score the second-most points in a season by a Tar Heel trio (1,976, second to 2,051 points by Antawn Jamison, Shammond Williams and Vince Carter in 1997-98). He finished fourth on the team in scoring at 11.5 points a game and made the second-most 3-pointers (56) on the team behind Ellington. He shot 56 for 150 (.373) from 3-point range and produced 87.3% from the free throw line, the best percentage on the team.
Green took over at small forward, starting all 38 games in 2008-09. He had originally planned to leave for the NBA after the 2007-08 season, but wisely returned to the university, helping the Tar Heels capture the national championship. The NCAA South Regional All-Tourney, Atlantic Coast Conference All-Defensive Team and third-team All-ACC pick was the fourth Tar Heel to ever earn a spot on the media's all-defensive team (Brendan Haywood in 2001, Jackie Manuel in 2004 and 2005 and Marcus Ginyard in 2008). He scored in double figures in 26 games, averaging 13.1 points as he shot .471 from the field and .852 from the charity stripe.
2008-09 SEASON Earned NCAA South Regional All-Tourney honors...Selected to the Atlantic Coast Conference's All-Defensive Team , becoming the fourth Tar Heel to ever earn a spot on the media's all-defensive team (Brendan Haywood in 2001, Jackie Manuel in 2004 and 2005 and Marcus Ginyard in 2008)...Added All-ACC third-team honors...Joined Bobby Frasor and Tyler Hansbrough in serving as squad captains...Took over small forward duties, starting all 38 games...Scored a career-high 497 points (13.1 points per game) on 184-of-391 field goals (47.1%), including 77-of-184 treys (41.8%) and 52-of-61 free throws (85.2%)...Pulled down 178 rebounds (4.7 rpg) and dished out 104 assists (2.7 apg), compared to 63 turnovers, as he also had 67 steals and 51 blocks while averaging 27.4 minutes of action per game... Scored in double figures 26 times...His 77 three-pointers ranked second on the team, making more than one trey in 25 contests, as he also had multiple blocks in fifteen games...His three-point shooting percentage was good for second in the conference... Was named Carolina's defensive player of the game vs. Chaminade, Oregon, Michigan State, Valparaiso, Miami (home), Florida State and Virginia (home)...In the 2009 NCAA Tournament, he averaged 12.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in the six wins, shooting 44.1% from the floor and was 13 for 30 from 3-point range (.433), scoring in double figures four times.
2007-08 SEASON Played in 39 games, seeing most of his action at power forward, but also competed at small forward, starting one contest...Totaled 447 points (11.5 ppg), as he shot .469 from the field (161-of-343), .373 from 3-point range (56-of-150) and .873 from the foul line (69-of-79)...Combined with Tyler Hansbrough and Wayne Ellingon to score the second-most points in a season by a Tar Heel trio (1,976, second to 2,051 points by Antawn Jamison, Shammond Williams and Vince Carter in 1997-98)...Ranked fourth on the team in scoring, as he scored 63 points in the last four regular-season games (15 vs. Wake Forest, 18 at Boston College, 12 vs. FSU and 18 at Duke), the most in any four-game stretch in his career...Averaged 4.9 rebounds per game (193), as he was credited with 74 turnovers and 77 assists...Blocked 47 shots and had 48 steals...Scored in double figures in the first five games and 24 overall...Made the second-most 3-pointers on the team behind Wayne Ellington...His free throw percentage was the best on the team...Made at least one 3-pointer in 31 games and multiple threes 18 times...Had multiple treys in eight of the last 12 games...Earned UNC's defensive player of the game honors six times, third-most on the team behind Marcus Ginyard and Tyler Hansbrough...Ranked second on the team in rebounding and in blocked shots...Blocked a career-high seven shots at Duke, the most by a Tar Heel since 2001...Was third on the team in steals.
2006-07 SEASON Played in 37 games as a reserve power forward, scoring 193 points (5.2 points per game), as he was UNC's leading scorer off the bench...Shot 84.8% (39 of 46) from the free throw line and was second on the team with 25 blocked shots...Shot .411 from the field (65-of-158) and .296 from three-point range (24-of-81)...Made 18 consecutive free throws from 1/24/07 to 2/17/07...Scored in double figures four times...Had a season-high 14 points vs. Saint Louis, 12 at Wake Forest and vs. Miami and 10 at Clemson.
2005-06 SEASON Played in 31 games as a true freshman, as Green was the leading scorer off the Tar Heel bench (and fourth overall) with 7.5 points per game (231)...Shot 35.5% from 3-point range (27-of-76) and 79.2% from the free throw line (42-of-53), the second-best free throw percentage on the team...Scored in double figures nine times...Led UNC with 32 blocked shots...Had multiple blocked shots in 12 games with a high of three on four occasions (twice vs. Maryland)...Became the first Tar Heel freshman and first non-starter to lead the team in blocks since Rasheed Wallace had 63 in 1993-94..Also became the first perimeter player ever to lead Carolina in blocks...Made 20 of his last 45 (44.4%) from 3-point range...Hit at least one trey in 14 different games...Had one double-double...Averaged 3.7 rebounds per game, but had at least six in eight different games.
CAREER NOTES Green played in more games (145) with more wins (123) than any Tar Heel in history, topping the old marks of 141 games by Brendan Haywood (1998-2001) and 115 wins by Sam Perkins (1980-84)...His 123 victories tied Duke's Chris Duhon (2001-04) for second in Atlantic Coast Conference history, topped only by Duke's Shane Battier (131 wins, 1998-2001)...Scored 1,368 points (34th in UNC history) with 590 rebounds (4.1 rebounds per game), 256 assists, 184 3-pointers (.375 on 491 attempts), 155 blocked shots and 160 steals, becoming the only player in ACC history to register 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 150 3-pointers, 150 blocks and 150 steals...Is also the only Tar Heel ever to have 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 100 blocks and 100 steals in a career...One of four players in ACC history with 100 blocked shots and 100 3-point field goals, joining Duke's Shane Battier, Maryland's Terence Morris (1998-2001) and Wake Forest's Josh Howard (2000-03)...His 155 blocked shots rank eighth in school history and is the only small forward ranked on UNC's top 10 list in that category....Named UNC's defensive player of the game 15 times (twice as a sophomore, six times as a junior and seven times as a senior)...His 186 three-point shots made also rank eighth in Tar Heel annals, passing Melvin Scott for eighth when he made two vs. Michigan State in the 2009 national championship game...Finished third all-time at UNC in free throw accuracy (.845), trailing Shammond Williams (.849) and Marvin Williams (.847)...Carolina compiled a 17-3 record when Green made at least three 3-pointers (8-1 in 2008-09)...Scored in double figures 63 times (nine times as a freshman, four times as a sophomore, 24 times as a junior and 26 times in 2008-09)...Scored 20 or more points seven times in his career, including five times as a senior...Played in four wins at Duke, joining Tyler Hansbrough and Wake Forest's Tim Duncan and Rusty LaRue as the only players to do that vs. Mike Krzyzewski-coached teams.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended St. Mary's (Manhassett, N.Y.) High School his final three years, playing basket-ball for head coach Tim Cluess...Was a quarterback on the football team as a freshman at North Babylon High School...Named Nassau County Player of the Year by New York Newsday as a senior, averaging 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocks that season...The two-time All-Long Island choice scored 1,535 points during his three seasons, leading St. Mary's to a 74-5 record and three league titles...His team went 25-1 as a senior, as they lost by two points in the Class AA state CHSAA final, where he scored 16 points in championship game...St. Mary's compiled a 23-2 record as a junior, as he averaged 16 points, nine rebounds, five blocks and four assists...Closed out his career with a total of 1,535 points scored.
INJURY REPORT 2007-08: Missed several minutes of action in the first half vs. Rutgers (12/16) after he was struck above the right eye by an elbow, an injury which caused him to receive five stitches...In the NCAA Tournament vs. Louisville (3/29), he suffered a cut above his left eye in the first half that necessitated him getting four stitches, the second time this year he needed stitches during a game.
2008-09: Suffered an in-game collision vs. Oral Roberts (12/13) that resulted in five stitches above his right eye.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS SUMMER: Played in the McDonald's All-America Roundball Classic...Named the Beach Ball Classic MVP...In 2004, he was co-MVP of the ABCD Camp in Hackensack, New Jersey.
PERSONAL Communications major...Son of Rene' Darrell and Danny Green, Sr...Born Daniel Richard Green on 6/22/87...Resides in North Babylon, New York.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Green might lack the size and bulk to earn minutes at power forward (played there during his first three years in college), but he has the length and wingspan (6-foot-9), along with an athletic, strong frame with long limbs to be an NBA small forward...Lacks explosive quickness or great leaping ability, but is a savvy player with good basketball IQ...He shows the vision to find open areas on the court and do an efficient job in catch-and-shoot situations...Has the loose hips and body control to get into position for outlet passes and has a good feel for floor spacing moving around the basket or dropping back to the perimeter...Greatly improved his 3-point range (after shooting .296 as a sophomore, he improved to .373 as a junior and .418 as a senior)...Shows good decision-making ability with the ball in his hands, as he proved to be an effective passer and ball handler, improving his assist rate from 77 as a junior to 104 last year and decreasing his turnovers from 74 to 63 over those two seasons...Hard worker who has improved his ability to score off the dribble (made more than 46% of his possession in transition) and go to either hand with equal efficiency...Might not have the power or skills to finish around the basket, but showed that he has a decent pull-up jumper...His range has been his biggest improvement, but he is also vastly underrated as a defender with very good awareness and 155 blocks...He has the ability to defend along the perimeter and contest shots...Perfectly comfortable playing off the bench and has a solid enough frame to garner a few minutes at power forward vs. smaller or slower opponents...Not creative with his own shot, but is an adequate passer with the vision to dish the ball out in transition and the court smarts to handle the ball and slow down the action for the half-court game...Has good shooting mechanics with a quick follow-through and proper straight-arm extension to generate a smooth, high release...Has the upper-body strength to execute his jump shot and with his balance and body control, he knows how to square his shoulders to unleash a floater or fade-away shot...Effective moving without the ball, takes good angles slashing to the basket and has the lower-body power to maintain position under the boards for the rebounds and putbacks...Needs space and will struggle and rush his shot with a man in his face, but he has good hands to catch and shoot, as he is adept at getting into the cutting lanes...His passing ability has greatly improved, especially when dishing it out in pick-and-roll plays, as he improved his assists average to 2.7 in 2008-09 from 2.0 the previous year and also does a nice job of disrupting and getting into the passing lanes, accounting for 67 steals last year after making 48 as a junior...His ability on the defensive end will be his greatest asset as a pro...He can face up to perimeter shooters and times his leaps well, contesting 98 shots over his last 37 games (76% of his blocks have come from the perimeter)...Knows how to slip past slower forwards to gain position under the basket and 204 of his 590 rebounds have come from the offensive glass.
Negatives: Despite his strength, he struggles to finish around the basket and is just marginal at drawing contact (despite being an 84.5% free throw shooter, he has gotten to the foul line just 239 times in 145 games and 2,889 minutes of action, or 1.65 times per game and once every 12.1 minutes)...Inconsistent creating his own shot and is most comfortable shooting from the perimeter or mid-range...Might not have a natural position in the NBA -- he has the strength, but lacks the bulk to bang heads consistently with the physical power forwards and does not have the explosive speed and consistent ball-handling skills (lacks the explosive first step to get by the defender) to keep the ball on the floor long as a small forward...Has loose hips, but needs to be quicker changing direction and moving laterally...Does not connect well when trying to execute a shot with a defender in his face and needs spacing in order to be effective (has lots of problems converting on isolation plays due to this and is slow to get out in front on pick-and-rolls, making just 52.6% of his shots around the basket)... Good perimeter defender, but does not show the quickness to get into position playing the weak side.
Compares To: RASUAL BUTLER, New Orleans -- Green seems to be much more comfortable with his offensive game as a small forward. He should be a solid reserve or rotation player because of his perimeter defense, which could make him attractive in the second round. He plays with good basketball IQ, but while he is a solid free throw shooter, he does not draw contact and prefers to shoot from the perimeter rather than drive to the basket. He has just average athleticism, but is mentally tough and can function in off-ball situations.