For now, at least. In one of the strangest stories to come out of the basketball offices in quite a while, Stanford guard and First Team All-PAC-10 selection Jeremy Green has left Stanford on academic suspension from the university. Stanford confirmed on Wednesday the rumor that had been circulating Stanford basketball insider circles for weeks.
Green has previously had difficulty with staying out of trouble. In October 2009, he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at a Stanford dorm, but was not charged with a crime. Head coach Johnny Dawkins did suspend Green for one game–the season opener–for the incident.
Rule of Tree concludes that Green’s GPA for Winter Quarter was somewhere between 1.8 and 2.0, or a C- average. Green will be eligible to return to Stanford in the fall, and should be able to join the team on a pre-season trip to Spain. His NCAA eligibility remains intact.
The Stanford Daily and the San Francisco Chronicle have both mentioned the possibility of Green leaving Stanford for good in favor of declaring for the NBA Draft. While it’s gotten nearly impossible to outguess the decisions of basketball players, going pro would be, frankly speaking, a horrendous career choice for Green. Even without disciplinary troubles, he would not likely have been drafted, and his academic woes only make him less desirable to a professional team front office.
Brook Lopez was the last Stanford basketball player of note to be suspended for academic reasons. Previous head coach Trent Johnson made Lopez sit down in 2007 because of problems in the classroom.
Green led all Cardinal with 16.7 points per game and a 43% shooting mark from behind the arc this season. Green’s performance sagged from his playing level in 2009-10, when he complemented current New York Knick Landry Fields in the Stanford backcourt. Green averaged only .1 more points per game in 2010-11 than in 2009-10, and his rebounding, turnovers, assists per turnover, fouls, and free throw percentage statistics all regressed in his junior season.