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Five-star guard Josh Green commits to UA men’s basketball

Tyler Baker

Arizona head coach Sean Miller throws his arms upward following the Wildcats’ victory over California in McKale Center on Mar. 3, 2016. Miller is one of the best defensive coaches in the country according to KenPom statistics.

The Arizona men’s basketball team secured their third commitment of the 2019 class on Thursday, when five-star small forward Josh Green chose the Wildcats over North Carolina. Green is rated the No. 10 recruit nationally according to the 24/7 Sports Composite, and is the third-ranked small forward in his class. 

The addition of Green moves Arizona to 24/7 Sports No. 8 ranked recruiting class for next season.

Green joins Nico Mannion and Christian Koloko in the Wildcats 2019 class, proving Arizona and head coach Sean Miller are still a force on the recruiting trail after the FBI scandal of last season. 

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Green looked to be a favorite to land at North Carolina, but was potentially swayed to join the Wildcats by the commitment of Mannion, who he is close friends with from their time with the West Coast Elite AAU team.

Green was born in Australia, but moved to play for Hillcrest Prep School in the Phoenix area before leaving for IMG Academy in Florida following a coaching change. While at Hillcrest, he averaged 20.1 points per game while being paired with another Wildcat, Deandre Ayton. 

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Green told Bleacher Report that a big part of his decision to come to Arizona was not only the coaching staff, but the style of play.

Green is known for his versatility on both ends of the court. At 6-foot-6, he can guard multiple positions, with his best fit looking to be at the shooting guard spot. He is quick with the ball in the open court and is able to create his own shot, with an especially efficient mid-range jumper. 

He recently turned some heads the the Nike Hoops Summit in April, where he scored 11 points for the World Team, playing alongside the potential No. 1 pick this upcoming NBA Draft in Duke forward R.J. Barrett.

The Wildcats likely aren’t done adding to next year’s class as Miller said at media day earlier this week that the team hopes to sign four or five recruits for 2019.

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