Cal is looking at 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward Daniel Green, a “late bloomer” from Grapevine HS in Texas. Assistant coach Travis DeCuire visited Green recently and the Bears made him a scholarship offer.
But Green is not real close to making a decision, according to his coach, Darryn Shearmire. Green is scheduled to visit Virginia Tech this weekend and will trek to Wake Forest over Halloween weekend. Shearmire said Green is trying to schedule a trip to Cal.
“I think he’s intrigued,” Shearmire said.
Shearmire described Green as an under-the-radar player who has recently blossomed. He averaged roughly 8 ppg and 9 rpg a year ago, but is stronger and more mature this season, his coach said.
“He’s a rebounder/shot blocker,” Shearmire said. “Since February, his improvement has been exponential. He’s gotten stronger, his footwork is a lot better, he’s handling the ball better. He’s got a nice release on his jumper to 15 feet. He’s still growing. He’ll probably be 6-11 before it’s all said and done.”
Shearmire said Green has become more aggressive, more confident in the past year. And he’s gotten tougher. ”He’s not super dominant right now, but he’s coming on,” Shearmire said. “In a year, he has a chance to be a pretty good little player.”
As a result, schools are beginning to call, the coach said. Michigan is trying to get involved, and Green has offers from a range of mid-majors, including Tulsa, Bradley, Creighton and Fresno State.
Shearmire said Green wants to study medicine in college, he comes from a good family and has a big upside. “He’s a great young kid,” Shearmire said.