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Daniel Richard Green, Jr. (born June 22, 1987 in North Babylon, New York) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is a 6 ft 6 in small forward from North Carolina. Danny is the winningest player in North Carolina history: he played in more games (145) and had more wins (123) than any Tar Heel before him. He is the only player in ACC history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 150 three-pointers, 150 blocks and 150 steals. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected him as the 46th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft.
- Named Nassau County Player of the Year by Newsday
- Attended St. Mary's High School in Manhasset, N.Y.
- Played in the McDonald's All-American Game
- Beach Ball Classic MVP, Roundball Classic co-MVP (East team)
- 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 and won three league titles in Long Island, went 25-1 as a senior, lost by two points in the Class AA state CHSAA final
- 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
- Received scholarship offers from the University of Connecticut, University of Florida, Georgetown University, Miami,(Fla.), N.C. State University, University of Pittsburgh, St. John's University, and the University of Virginia..
- Verbally committed to the University of North Carolina on September 24, 2004
- Averaged 5.2 points, 2,8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 turnovers, 0.6 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 13.6 minutes per game.
- Shot 41.1% from the field, 84.8% from free-throw line, and 29.6% from three-point line.
- Averaged 11.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.9 turnovers, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks, and 22.3 minutes per game.
- Shot 46.9% from the field, 87.3% from free-throw line, and 37.3% from three-point line.
Made himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft but did not sign with an agent and chose to return to school on June 16, retaining his collegiate eligibility.
- Averaged 13.1 points, 4.7 rebouds, 2.7 assists, 1.7 turnovers, 1.8 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 27.4 minutes per game.
- Shot 47.1% from the field, 85.2% from free-throw line, and 41.8% from three-point line.
- Green was selected to be a member of the ACC's All-Defensive Team for the 2008-2009 season.
- Named permanent team captain with Bobby Frasor and Tyler Hansbrough and was awarded with the team's highest free throw percentage during UNC's 2009 Awards Banquet.
Legacy at UNC
- Green is the only Tar Heel ever to have 1,000 points (1,368), 500 rebounds (590), 200 assists (256), 100 blocks (155) and 100 steals (160)
- Played more games than anyone in UNC history
- One of four players in ACC history with 100 blocked shots and 100 three-point field goals (with Duke’s Shane Battier, Maryland’s Terence Morris and Wake Forest’s Josh Howard)
- Played in 145 games and been a part of 123 wins setting a new UNC record (record of 115 previously held by Sam Perkins)
- Scored 1,368 career points (9.4 per game)
- Passed Vince Carter in scoring at Virginia Tech on March 4, 2009
- Is 8th in UNC history with 155 blocked shots
- Blocked a career-high 7 shots in the win at Duke on March 8, 2008
- Is 9th in UNC history in three-pointers made (184)
- Only Tar Heel ever to block 100 or more shots and make 50 or more three-pointers
- Is third all-time at UNC in free throw accuracy (.845)
- Scored in double figures 63 times (nine times in 2005-2006, four times in 2006-2007, 24 times in 2007-08 and 26 times in 2008-2009)
- Scored 20 or more points seven times in his career, including five times in 2009
- Led Carolina in blocked shots as a freshman with 32, was second the next two years and is second again this year
- UNC’s defensive player of the game 15 times (twice as a sophomore, six times as a junior and seven 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 against Mike Krzyzewski-coached teams.
- Points: 26 at Chaminade (11/24/08)
- Field Goals: 11 at Chaminade (11/24/08)
- Three-Pointers: 6 vs. UNC Asheville (11/30/08)
- Free Throws: 7 at Wake Forest (1/11/09)
- Offensive Rebounds: 6 vs. NC State (1/12/08)
- Rebounds: 14 vs. NC State (1/12/08)
- Assists: 7 vs. Dayton (12/31/06), UNC Asheville (1/9/08), Gonzaga (3/27/09)
- Turnovers: 6 at Florida State (1/28/09)
- Blocks: 7 at Duke (3/8/08)
- Steals: 6 at Florida State (1/28/09)
Green's brother Rashad played for Manhattan College in 2007-08 and sitting out the 2008-09 season after transferring to the University of San Francisco. His second cousin is Gerald Green, who was signed by the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA on July 3, 2008.. Green played quarterback on the football team as a freshman at North Babylon High School.
On March 29, 2006, Green's father, Danny Green Sr., was arrested on drug trafficking charges. New York Police confiscated 462 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated street value of $40 million, $5 million in cash, marijuana and assorted firearms. Green Sr., a gym teacher, said he had no connection to the drug trafficking ring. He pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $7.5 million cash and he remained in jail, maintaining his innocence. After Green Sr. was in jail for 18 months, a plea bargain was offered him of a lesser charge of conspiracy that would include time served and get him out within six months. He was paroled on January 28, 2008 after serving 22 months in prison.
- ^ NBA Playerfile
- ^ Doing the little things, UNC's Green makes his dad, teammates proud
- ^ "Danny Green High School Profile," InsideCarolina.com, April 20, 2009.
- ^ a b c d e f "Danny Green Stats, News, Photos," ESPN Men's College Basketball, North Carolina Tar Heels, April 20, 2009.
- ^ "Player Profile, Danny Green," tarheelblue.cstv.com, April 20, 2009.
- ^ "No Decision Yet for Lawson, Ellington," InsideCarolina.com, The Independent Voice of UNC sports, April 16, 2009.
- ^ "USF Men's Basketball Announces Signing of Rashad Green," USF official website, August 14, 2008.
- ^ NBA Playerfile
- ^ "Green family has Heel of a story," New York Daily News website, April 20, 2009.