Mountain Ridge High School 6-foot-5 senior forward Jay Green is a top-rated unsigned senior prospect for the spring. After moving to the United States from Sydney, Australia, Green immediately became one of the state's top prospects. Green has improved as a player nicely as of late, and looks to be now a nice unsigned prospect for the spring signing period.
Green moved to Arizona from Australia and played last season for Hillcrest Academy Prep. Green is a versatile wing prospect with excellent size and athleticism for the guard/wing positions.
After evaluating Green as a player last spring and summer, Green did not show his ability as a scorer and/or facilitator. As a result, his college recruitment took a hit. Green has shown this high school season an ability to do it all, while not just focusing on scoring. Green has become an active rebounder and finisher around the basket, while also playing this season much more with the basketball in his hands - creating off the dribble for himself and others. He has shown a nice ability to create in the open floor, which will aid him a great deal in his college recruitment this spring.
Mountain Ridge was once one of the top basketball programs in the state, and competed for state playoff berths and state titles each season. After having several subpar seasons as of late, and also coming off a 7-14 overall record during the 2014-2015 season, Mountain Ridge is now regarded as one of the elite teams in the state's Division-I Class. The major addition of Jay Green this season, joining forces with talented 6-foot-6 junior wing Jared Rodriguez, 6-foot-5 junior wing Saikou Gueye and his younger brother, star 6-foot-5 freshman guard Josh Green. Mountain Ridge has one of the most talented lineups in the state this season. All (4) prospects are division-I prospects for the future and each very gifted - a major boost for head coach Eli Lopez. Lopez has his best group of high school talent ever this season, and it also could be the most talent the school has ever seen.
Green is already receiving serious division-I recruiting interest, as many division-I programs are showing strong interest in him. He formerly received scholarship offers from such programs as the University of New Mexico and Cleveland State, with many other schools expressing serious interest in him as of late, including Grand Canyon, Texas-San Antonio, Weber State, Rice and many other mid-major college programs.
Green is also an excellent student and carries close to a 4.0 CUM GPA and has already received an 1800 on his SAT.
I will look forward to following Green's play and college recruitment closely the remainder of this high school season, as he should continue to garner much more recruiting interest this high school season. I will bring you any recruiting updates as they continue to develop.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Green is a versatile wing prospect with excellent strength and athleticism for his size. He is a 2 / 3 for the collegiate level, as he has a nice ability to handle the basketball from the point position in the open floor and make plays for himself and others, while thriving in the open floor. As a result of his size and sheer talent level, Green is among the best prospects in Arizona's 2016 class. A left-handed shooter of the basketball, Green is a mis-match for most opposing 3's and 4's, as he is bigger than most small forwards and quicker than most power forwards. He is a facilitator with the basketball in his hands, and does not just focus on scoring. Green is an active rebounder and finisher around the basket. He is also a very good passer and sees the floor quite well. Also a good defender that plays passing lanes. A good overall prospect with an ability to make an immediate impact at the collegiate level, although he will need to find the right college system for his attributes.