Privateers add 6-4 guard for the 2017-18 campaign following season at Believe Prep Academy
NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans men’s basketball team added some local flavor the 2017-18 season as former East St. John High School standout Troy Green inked a National Letter of Intent with the Privateers, UNO head coach Mark Slessinger announced on the first day of the NCAA Spring Signing Period on Wednesday.
A 6-4, 205-pound guard from LaPlace, La., Green comes to the Lakefront after spending the 2016-17 season at Believe Prep Academy where he averaged 18.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game for coach Tyson Waterman. Green will enter the upcoming season as a true freshman and his full allotment of eligibility.
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Troy Green to the UNO basketball family,” Slessinger said. “Troy is a student-athlete that we have recruited very hard over the past four years. He is a special young man who feels very strongly about being a part of our campus and program, and representing the city that he loves.
“When I was blessed with the opportunity to become the head coach at the University of New Orleans I said very frankly that one of goals would be to work to recruit the best student-athletes in the New Orleans metro area that we could. Our goal has been to identify and recruit the best student-athletes that fit our academic mission, culture and keeping us at a championship level, and we feel Troy meets those expectations.”
Prior to his time at Believe Academy, Green was a four-year starter at East St. John High for coach Yussef Jasmine where he helped lead the Wildcats to a combined 81-36 overall record and a 44-8 mark in district play, including a District 8-5A title as a freshman and District 7-5A championships as a sophomore and senior to go with four-consecutive trips to the state playoffs.
Rated a three-star recruit and the No. 7 prospect in the state by Scout.com, Green earned all-district honors in each of his final three prep seasons and was named first-team L’Observateur All-St. John The Baptist Parish as a junior and senior
As a senior, Green was named honorable-mention all-state, District 7-5A Co-MVP, first-team all-district and third-team all-metro after averaging 17.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He was selected to play in the 2016 Thibodaux Regional Bayou vs. River All-Star Game and won the event’s dunk contest. Green was tabbed named first-team all-district as a junior after averaging 17.2 points per game and earned a spot on the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO All-Tournament Team. As a sophomore, he claimed second-team all-district distinction
In addition to this prep career, Green also played for Nike Team Red Storm (15u) in 2014, Nike Team Louisiana (16u) in 2015 and Louisiana Dynasty (17u) in 2016. In 2014, he was a Top 20 All-Star selection at the Future150 Dallas Camp.
“We know Troy is happy to be a part of such a diverse campus here at UNO and in our city,” Slessinger added. “This is a special opportunity for him to play in front of his family, friends and neighbors. It will also allow him to have an active role in his in communities of St. Rose, LaPlace and in New Orleans.”
Green joins a UNO team coming off a 2016-17 season that saw the Privateers finish 20-12 overall, win the Southland Conference regular-season title with a 13-5 league record, claimed the 2017 SLC Tournament title with a 68-65 overtime victory against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and advanced to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
He is the sixth student-athlete to join the Privateers for the 2017-18 season, joining Lamont Berzat (New Orleans, La./Landry-Walker HS), Tyren Harrison (St. Albans, N.Y./Western Oklahoma State College), Bol Reik (Bentiu, South Sudan/Mooseheart [Ill.] School) and Damion Rosser (McDonough, Ga./Henry County HS) – who inked NLIs during the NCAA Early Signing Period in November – and Scott Plaisance (New Orleans, La./UL-Lafayette), who transferred in following the spring semester.