Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Where Are They Now - Marcus Green

The five months between Basketball and Football season can be kind of dull for Boilermaker fans.  Luckily for you, we're here to quench your thirst of all things Purdue by looking back at (and following up with) one of the worst teams in Purdue history - the 2005-2006 Men's Basketball team.

Past Where Are They Now Posts:
Part 1 - Matt Kiefer
Part 2 - Nate Minnoy
Part 3 - Korey Spates
Part 4 - Marcus White
Part 5 - Chris Lutz
Part 6 - Gary Ware
Part 7 - Bryant Dillon
So far, our Where Are They Now series has put the spotlight on the seven highest scorers from the 2005-06 Purdue Men's Basketball team.  Of those seven, Chris Lutz is the only one to have played for Purdue after that ugly season (and even he transferred the following year).  The eighth highest scorer, however, was a Purdue player that nearly everyone remembers.  In fact, I'd argue that with the new fans the team has gained over the past couple of years, this player may be the most well-known of the top 8 to today's Purdue fan.  Part 8 of the Where Are They Now series looks back at (and checks in with) the career of Marcus Green.

Marcus Green graduated from East Leyden High School near Chicago and was generally regarded as the "afterthought" member of the freshman class.  However, Green actually turned down offers to Dayton and Marquette to come to Purdue, which goes to show how highly regarded this freshman class actually was. Minnoy, Spates, and Lutz were considered the potential stars, yet it was Green who made the biggest impact on the court during his time in West Lafayette (although one could argue that Minnoy made a huge impact on the court every time he landed).

Green celebrates a win at NW
Green's career at Purdue was plagued by inconsistent shooting, but he came up with a couple of unforgettable All-American-esque performances.  His freshman year provided a glimpse at this as he absolutely went off in a home game against #22 Michigan.  Marcus only scored double digits 3 times and averaged 5.5 points per game that year, yet he went off for 23 points on 9 of 13 shooting in Purdue's biggest upset (and blowout) of the year.  Make sure to check out the highlights on youtube (bonus: check out yours truly at 2:52 in the video - I look like I'm moving around pretty good considering I tore several ligaments in my foot at the Purdue-Minnesota game the prior month...I'll get into that story some other time).

Marcus started 13 games as a freshman, yet his minutes actually regressed each year and he never averaged more than five points per game again.  In fact, he only started 8 games after his freshman year.  However, his junior year included another remarkable performance as Marcus scored 22 points in 23 minutes in a huge win at Mackey against Ohio State.

Green surprisingly did not have a breakout game in his senior year, but was an important piece of a very good team highlighted by Hummel, Kramer, Johnson, Moore, Grant, Jackson, and Calasan.  That team would end up losing to UCONN in the Sweet 16, but one of the lasting memories of the season was a late-season home game in which the Paint Crew hosted a "Green Out" for Marcus.  While green and red have no business being in the Paint Crew, this was one of the few exceptions and really provided an awesome sendoff for the only freshman from the 2005-06 season to stick it out for all 4 years.  Interestingly enough, Marcus didn't know about the Green Out:

"It caught me off guard and it caught my mom off guard," Green said. "I thought, 'Is it St. Patrick's Day or something?' Then I looked more and more at the T-shirts and thought, 'Oh, man, that's me.'"
In doing this series, I've started to realize that the vast majority of college basketball fans (including myself) have no clue about professional basketball outside the United States.  Every year around the time of the NBA Draft, discussion about players who just miss getting drafted center around "are they good enough to play overseas?"  In reality, this series is showing that just about every Division 1 college basketball player that contributes is good enough to play overseas.  Marcus Green is no different.

In the season following Green's senior year, Marcus was signed by Aerochaco Boca Juniors of the top basketball league in Argentina. This signing was announced on Boca's website with an article obviously titled "Mouth Is Reinforced With A Foreign Alero" (thank you Google Translator!). ESPN also picked up on the signing, quoting Boca's coach (can you sic something like this?):
"his team was a role player with defensive characteristics, which came to do their specific job. As we do not need a player with leadership and suited economic possibilities, we decided to add it, thinking that we can help. comes from a prestigious university"
Green scored 20 points in this game for Boca Juniors
Not the highest praise for Green, but it still gave Marcus a chance to show he could make it in professional basketball.  Green was given a one month contract and had a patented "Marcus Green Breakout Performance", leading the team with a 20 point effort in a win over Quilmes Mar Del Plata.  However, even with the breakout performance, Green was cut just 4 days later in favor of Brian Woodward of Rhode Island.  Unfortunately, that appears to be the end of Marcus Green's professional basketball career.

More recently, Marcus has been living in the Chicago area and working in all sorts of basketball-related roles.  He has been working basketball camps for all ages and is currently on the staff of Finish Strong Athletics, a K-8 basketball prep program. On the FSA website, it also mentions he's a director of Elite Sports Performance's basketball program (although there's no mention of him on their own website).  In a confirmed sighting, Green has been helping coach AAU teams as he was spotted as an assistant coach at the D-I Elite Tournament in Elmhurst, IL last summer.

Marcus is scheduled to make an appearance at the alumni game in August, but if you can't wait until then to get his attention, make sure to friend him on Facebook! I'm still waiting for a response, but I'm sure it's because he still remembers how I voiced my displeasure every time he missed a wide-open three from the corner.  That doesn't mean he won't accept YOUR request!

As always, stay tuned to GoBoilers.net as we continue our summerlong 2005-06 Men's Basketball Where Are They Now series! 

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