Versatility the foundation of Javonte Green's motor

The only thing more fascinating than his "Energizer Bunny" style of play is how he came to be that way.


Word by Joshua M. Hicks


 

The Bulls are one of the few teams with three All-Stars on their roster, leading the charge to guide their team to a 5-4 record that sits them within the top six of the Eastern Conference standings. One player, however, is playing a key role in contributing to the team’s success through various ways: guard/forward Javonte Green.


Green mentioned this past offseason that he wanted to work on his jump shot to help ease the load off of the team’s big three, which he is doing so far shooting 38 percent from the three-point line and chipping in six points and three rebounds a game in 18 minutes of play off the bench.


However, his biggest impact is using his speed and quickness to bring energy on the defensive end and in transition.


The only thing more fascinating than his "Energizer Bunny" style of play is how he came to be that way. The development of that athleticism started in his high school days, where he became an All-State athlete in three of the four sports he played prior to ultimately playing basketball at Radford.


“I played four sports in high school,” Green told The Bigs after their 106-88 win over the Charlotte Hornets. “I played basketball, football, ran track and baseball. Where I’m from, we breed a lot of athletes, so I was just trying to be the best in all those sports. It’s a mental thing for me, so I just tried to be the best in every sport.”


Track was the one sport he didn’t qualify for All-State recognition, but his agility combined with the makeup of his body brings a unique presence on the court.


Along with his teammate Alex Caruso, they are top five in deflections in the league, with Green finishing in the top three with 6.7 deflections per 36 minutes. He is also currently tied for fifth in total deflections, with a total of 31, contributing to the teams’ current defensive rating of 107.5, tied for fifth in the league.