Monday, July 23, 2012

Green Commits to BU

Her last name might be Green, but she’ll be wearing red in college. And she’ll continue her basketball career at a Division I school that went 15-1 in their conference last season.

Meghan Green (Bedford, NH) has verbally committed to Boston University, becoming the latest recruit for head coach Kelly Greenberg’s 2013 recruiting class. The 6-foot-1 forward is one of the most dominating inside players to come out of New Hampshire in recent years. Last season as a junior she scored her 1,000th career point and led Bishop Guertin to a 21-2 record and the Division I state title.

“I'm excited to play for Coach Greenberg” Green told the NH Notebook. "She's a great coach and has coached a very successful team. Her track record shows it. I know BU will be extremely successful in the Patriot League, and each year they will go far and do great things.”

Boston University went 15-1 in America East play last winter and advanced to the conference title game. The Terriers have made the conference title game five times since 2005 and they have won at least 15 games in each of Coach Greenberg’s eight seasons at the helm. This will be their last year in the America East, and in 2013-2014 (Green’s freshman year at BU) they will be joining the Patriot League.

Green was getting recruited by a number of D-I schools, with her recruitment really picking up during this year’s AAU season while playing with the Rivals Basketball Club.

“The schools I saw most frequently at my games this summer has been BU, Hartford, UNH, Fairfield, and Siena” said Green who is also on pace to record 1,000 rebounds next season in addition to 1,000 points.

It turned out that BU was just that best fit for Green, for many reasons.

“BU offered me on Monday but I had visited a month or so earlier (for the second time) and I absolutely loved the city campus” explained Green. “I also think the coaching staff is great and they are a very successful team. But overall, what led me to commit there as opposed to the other few schools I have been talking to is that I just love Boston and I think it's a great distance from my home and family, only an hour or so. I wanted to have my experience living in a city, and I am comfortable with Boston. Lastly, BU is obviously a great school academically and I think it'll be great to graduate from there and it will help me in my life beyond basketball, after college.”

Green is an outstanding presence in the low post with her ability to both score and rebound the basketball. NH basketball fans will not soon forget her epic performance in January when she scored 37 points and grabbed 27 boards to lead to a win over Winnacunnet which ended the Warriors’ 84 game winning streak.

“I'm extremely happy for Meghan” said Scott Hazelton, who is Green’s high school and AAU coach. “It's been great to witness the transformation she's made in the past year as a person and player. Meg and I have had several talks about what it would take for her to play at the next level, and she's answered all of my challenges. She made a commitment to become a better player everyday and it's paid off huge! During the high school season she proved herself as one of the state’s most dominant players, and now through AAU she has established herself as top player in New England; all of which came from a lot of hours in the gym.”

Green is part of a Rivals team that is loaded with talent. Other local players on the team include Katharine Fogarty (Peterborough, NH) who has committed to Marist and Alex Cohen (Nashua, NH) who is a former teammate of Green’s at BG and has committed to Manhattan. There’s your top three ranked players from NH for the Class of 2013. All playing with the Rivals and all now committed to Division I programs.

“The AAU season has been going well especially as of late” said Green. “My team has gone 8-0 in our July tournaments so far. After I switched over to the Rivals, it was a very easy transition and all the girls are so talented and hard working, so it gave me even more motivation to work harder.”

It is refreshing to see that even though Green has had all of these offers and D-I schools recruiting her, she has still been working very hard on her game. Green was already the best player in the NHIAA last season, so it is scary to think that she is still getting even better.

“This spring and summer I've been working on all parts of my game, but particularly my inside game” explained Green, who averaged 18.9 points and 13.5 rebounds per game last season. “I've been working with three of my coaches outside of practice - Scott, Miguel Gonzalez and Kerry Cashman (a great former player for BU). And they've been teaching me how to establish a strong position down low as well as finishing hard under the basket because it's more of a task to do in AAU against bigger girls than in high school basketball. Also, I've been doing weight training at Top Fitness in Nashua with Scott Prunier which has helped me get stronger. I'll need to get stronger and tougher to play with the college girls, but I know that will happen.”

Coach Hazelton took over as head coach at Bishop Guertin last summer. And it wasn’t until this spring when Green started playing for the Rivals. But while Green has only been playing for Hazelton for a year he has definitely made a big impact.

“Over the past year, Scott has helped me tremendously” said Green, who was named the D-I Player of the year for the 2011-2012 season by both the NH Notebook and the NHBCO. “He has helped me get mentally and physically stronger while playing. My outside shot, ball handling ability, and inside game have gotten a lot better because Scott has spent countless days with me in the gym helping me improve. Scott worked me out individually often in the summer and fall. During the high school season I worked out every Saturday morning which was the day we weren't allowed to practice. I really wanted to be a D1 player and Scott helped me realize how hard you have to work. I know I still have a lot of work to do before college and I'm very excited for it. He was a necessary component to help me get my scholarship offers and he will also help me prepare now to play for BU.”

There’s no question that BU is getting a quality recruit, on and off the court.

“BU is a great fit for Meghan both academically and athletically” said Hazelton, who played his college basketball at Connecticut before transferring to Rhode Island. “They have a great coaching staff and have been very successful over the years. Meg fits in perfect with their style of play. If she continues to work hard I expect her to be an impact player at the next level.”

Green had other coaches prior to Hazelton who have also played an instrumental role in her development on the court.

“I always had Mark Hayner and Kevin Gibbs as travel basketball and AAU coaches up until around 8th grade and that's where I really developed my fundamental skills” Green continued. “And in high school I had Kara Leary as a coach for AAU and she was a great coach and initiated my exposure to be a college recruit. But I really started hitting the gym during the spring and summer going into my junior year. I had always played basketball consistently but that's when I really started working out very hard and getting better.”

Now that she has made her college commitment, Green can relax and make winning a second straight high school state championship her main focus.

“It was the best feeling to win the championship for BG this year” said Green, who is undecided on a major, but plans on studying Liberal Arts at BU. My team and I worked so hard the entire season and it felt so awesome that it paid off in the end. We owe a lot of the credit to, once again, Scott who developed us all as mentally and physically tough players. We hope to win again and I think we can do that by working even harder than last year. We lost a valuable player in Cassie Dauer, but for the most part we are the same team and we will have another successful year.”

Coach Hayner and Coach Gibbs are the fathers of Nicole Hayner and Madison Gibbs who also play for BG. Green has been playing with them all growing up. And speaking of family, Green’s older brother Connor was also a standout player at BG. He led the Cardinals to a state title in 2011, a year before his little sister won a championship of her own. In April, Connor committed to play basketball at Amherst College where he’ll be a freshman this fall. The Green family sure has a lot to be proud of!

Congratulations to Meghan, and best of luck at BU!

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