Stanford junior guard Jeremy Green heard the names of 60 aspiring basketball players called last night during the 2011 NBA Draft, but neither NBA commissioner David Stern nor deputy commissioner Adam Silver spoke Green’s name. After foregoing his final year of NCAA eligibility to enter the draft, Green will have to either make an NBA team via a pre-season camp as a free agent or take his talents to Europe, the Middle East, or Asia. He also could try to make a team in the NBDL, the NBA’s developmental league.
Green, who achieved First Team All-PAC-10 honors in 2010-11 but failed to put together consistent stretches of quality play both throughout individual games and throughout the course of the Cardinal’s season, has indicated that he intends to continue his quest to play professional basketball. Over Twitter, Green has released the following (very brief) statement regarding his basketball future:
There’s been very little talk about Green since he decided to leave Stanford, so his future is almost completely unknown to the media and fans at this point. Matt Norlander of CBS, though, thinks that the silence is indicative of a general ambivalence or distaste for Green felt by organizations around the NBA:
Stanford’s Jeremy Green is a poster kid for how easily an NBA contract can never materialize for a player. I don’t want to bury the guy before he gets his chance in the coming months, but Green was nowhere close to being ready for the NBA. His name probably didn’t come up once in most teams’ war rooms last night.
Those are harsh words from Norlander, but few experts care to differ. ESPN’s Andy Katz places Green on the top of his list of players whose decision to leave school was a poor one, saying Green and those like him “have been crushed”:
Green was ineligible for the spring quarter but was expected to be eligible for the fall, per coach Johnny Dawkins. Green now must find a home overseas or wait to see if he can get into a camp. That will be difficult considering that there is likely to be a lockout.
DraftExpress.com, the web’s leading NBA draft resource, hasn’t bothered to update Green’s prospect profile since last September.
We’ve written about Green and the pros before (here and here and here) so it’s not worth being redundant and piling on a young man with no college degree and no job. But the consensus is clear: Green should have stayed on the Farm, despite his academic difficulties, any chemistry problems he had with the coaching staff and the team, or his doubts about the direction of the program.
To make matters worse, the end of Thursday’s draft did not bode well for Green and other American players looking to make an NBA squad. The latter half of the second round was full of out-of-the-blue selections of European and Asian players with no foreseeable NBA potential. Teams like the Lakers, for whom Green worked out before the storied franchise selected the likes of Chu Chu Maduabum with the 56th pick and Ater Majok (who flamed out at UConn two seasons ago) with the 58th, just wanted to get out of the draft without having to pay for and deal with more players. Furthermore, Green will certainly wait in line behind collegiate stand-outs such as David Lighty of Ohio State and Ben Hansbrough of Notre Dame–or even Demetri McCamey of Illinois–who had amateur careers far superior to that of Green.