Texas native Jeremy Green stepped up his game in a big way as a sophomore for Stanford. The highly aggressive, perimeter-oriented guard garnered All-Pac-10 Second Team honors after being selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team the year before. Though Stanford struggled in a down year in the Pac-10, Green was a bright spot, increasing his scoring output by nearly ten points while taking as many three-pointers as any player in the country. With do-everything forward Landry Fields gone, Green should see even more touches next season, and if he improves his efficiency, could be one of the more productive scorers on the west coast and earn some NBA interest as well.
One of the biggest challenges Green faces in catching the attention of NBA scouts is his lack of size. Standing just 6'4, Green is undersized for the two spot, and doesn't have great length or athleticism to compensate. More sudden than quick, Green's athleticism is in some ways reminiscent of that of Juan Dixon. A bit on the skinny side and not terribly explosive either, Green has good speed, but won't wow anyone with highlight reel plays at the basket or on the defensive end.
Despite his physical shortcomings, there are definitely some things to like about Green's offensive repertoire. An ultra-aggressive scorer, Green is capable of going off on any given night, as evidenced by his 30-point outburst against UCLA last season. He is extremely reliant on his ability to score from the perimeter, with nearly 85% of his total attempts being comprised of jump shots according to Synergy Sports Technology and half of his total field goal attempts coming from beyond the arc. He can score both off the catch and off the dribble and receives a considerable amount of his touches working off the ball. A competent shooter moving off of screens, he is at his best shooting off the dribble, despite being substantially more efficient shooting when driving left than when driving right.
Green's success off the bounce stems from his extremely quick release. His form is highlighted by a high release point and even though he short-arms some shots with a hand in his face periodically, his compact mechanics make him a threat to pull up at any time. Though Green made just 36.8% of his jumpers last season and needs to continue to work on his consistency, he showed marked improvement in his midrange game from his freshman season and shot an adjusted field goal percentage of 49.1%, indicating how many threes he attempted and the degree of difficulty in his repertoire.
Though Green is never shy about pulling the trigger from 20 or more feet, he does put the ball on the floor to attack the rim on occasion on occasion, usually exploiting situations when his defender opts to trail him as he moves through Stanford's offense. Green isn't super explosive, but has a fairly quick first step and manages to create enough space for his pull up jumper with quick dribble moves. He isn't terribly dynamic or flashy off the dribble, but he's a good enough ball-handler to take advantage of what he's given. He doesn't turn the ball over at a high rate mostly because of how often he settles for jumpers, but doesn't prove to be a terribly productive passer either looking almost exclusively for his own offense.
His ability to finish and defend at the next level are two areas of concern in projecting him to the next level. Though he doesn't attack the basket too frequently, the results aren't great when he does, as his lack of great leaping ability and strength limit his consistency at the rim. He does bring some energy to the defensive end, but is often a step slow closing out and gives up the corner too easily against quicker guards.
Jeremy Green burst onto the scene last season, and while his team struggled, he showed that he can produce on the high-major level, despite only being a sophomore. If he can improve the consistency of his jump shot and become a bit craftier when attacking the rim, his scoring ability could catch his some NBA attention. While he is by no means a lock to be drafted and has a lot to prove to compensate for his lack of physical tools, Green still has two seasons to work with, a scorer's mentality, and a golden opportunity to showcase his individual talents in the Pac-10 next season. Green is certainly a player we'll need to check in on again before he becomes draft-eligible. We'll have to make sure and see whether the brief suspension he received in last year's pre-season stemming from a domestic violence incident was simply a blip on the radar, though.