About Josh Green
Josh Green is a long, athletic swingman whose defensive ability and budding roleplayer potential made him an x-factor throughout his single season at Arizona. Born in Australia, Green moved to the United States when he was 14 years old and finished his high school career at IMG Academy (FL). Making an appearance at the McDonald’s All-American Game and a pair of Nike Hoop Summits, he was widely regarded as one of the top-15 prospects in the high school class of 2019.
Stepping into a key complementary role for Head Coach Sean Miller at Arizona this season, Green battled back from some mid-season struggles from the perimeter to finish the year well averaging 12 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.6 assists over 30.9 minutes per game.
- Standing 6-foot-6 with an improving 210-pound frame and a wingspan in excess of 6-foot-10, Green has solid size for a wing and is a very good athlete with nice speed and explosiveness by NBA standards.
- Playing primarily off the ball for the Wildcats, Green showed growth as a floor spacer as the year wore on, finished emphatically in the open floor, moved the ball well, and did a little bit of everything else on the offensive end. Still developing as a slasher and ball handler, he nonetheless flashed an intriguing base of tools.
- Having some impressive moments making use of his athleticism defensively, Green showed a promising motor as he covered ground and challenged opposing ball handlers. Still getting used to defending the post and when to leave himself a cushion against elite talent, he has some room to grow, but nonetheless left a mark on games last season defensively while regularly matched up with the opposing teams top guard or wing threat.
- Possessing a strong frame and solid quickness, Green served as a stopper for the Wildcats this season defending multiple positions as he was tasked with slowing down the opposing team’s top scoring guard or wing. He allowed 0.83 points per isolation possession [39th percentile] in a challenging role.
- Active in the passing lanes and chipping in on the glass, he proved to be a diligent, well-rounded defender, even if he had some issues dealing with more physical forwards in the post for the first time.
- Started all 30 games he appeared in as an Arizona freshman in 2019-20.
- 2018-19 McDonald’s All-American as a high school senior.
- Helped lead IMG Academy to the 2019 high school national championship.
- Participated in the 2018 Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Los Angeles.
- Played for the World Team in the Nike Hoop Summit in 2018 and 2019.
- Averaged 12.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.53 steals.
- Ranked sixth in the Pac-12 in steals.
- Posted two 20-point games: a career-high 24 vs. Pepperdine (Nov. 28) and 22 vs. Illinois (Nov. 10).
- Scored 19 points against Washington in the Pac-12 Tournament (March 11).
- Had 18 points and set season highs of six assists and four steals vs. Oregon State (Feb. 20).
- Elite physical profile for a wing.
- Explosive run-and-jump athlete.
- Versatile defender who competes on and off the ball.
- Improved perimeter shooter and decision maker.
- Teammate of the Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton for a portion of his high school career.
- Australian rules football standout before focusing on basketball.
- Both parents played pro basketball in Australia. Mom, Cahla, was born there. Dad, Delmas, was an American transplant.
- Family moved to Phoenix in 2014.
- His older brother, Jay, plays basketball at UNLV
“There’s very few freshmen who want to be great on defense, who know they can impact winning by being a prominent defensive player. It’s something you sell a lot as a coach. Not everyone buys it. Josh really has bought it.”
- Arizona coach Sean Miller