Just ahead of last month’s Nike EYBL Peach Jam – the country’s premier AAU tournament – Trey Green got a phone call from Xavier head coach Sean Miller.
They talked for about 15 minutes and after that call, Green knew where he was playing college basketball.
“Coach Miller made it very clear how he wanted me, how he sees me fit in the Xavier offense, how he sees me fit in the Big East (Conference),” said Green, who committed Saturday to Xavier. “It was just a reassurance because I was iffy about where I was leaning … and when coach Miller made that reassurance to me, I was like, ‘He’s the one.'”
Green, a four-star point guard from Charlotte, North Carolina, chose Xavier over LSU, Miami, Virginia and VCU. He’s ranked No. 98 nationally in the 2023 class by 247Sports.
Following that phone call with Miller, Green and his Mokan Elite team went on to win the Peach Jam and Green was named MVP after averaging 16.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists against some of the toughest competition in the country.
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“I’m still trying to soak it in,” Green said of the Peach Jam experience. “It was something special because knowing that not a lot of guards my height (5’10”) get that reward, both winning Peach Jam and winning Peach Jam MVP.”
After the Peach Jam, Green took an official visit to Xavier.
The Musketeers had been recruiting him since April, Green said, and associate head coach Adam Cohen had been recruiting Green at Stanford before joining Miller’s staff at Xavier.
Green’s relationship with Miller progressed quickly and easily because of their similarities.
“I feel like we’re a lot of the same person,” said Green. “We’re both competitive, both played the point guard position, both were kind of undersized. We both got that dog in us that we’re not gonna get pushed around. I love him to death.
“He’s a great coach, great guy. And he cares. I came on my visit and I was asking some of the guys like, ‘How is coach Miller?’ And one thing they said was he cares, and that means a lot coming from them because they didn’t commit to him. stood out was he cares.”
Green’s game fits well with what Miller’s looking for in a point guard. He plays with confidence and toughness and speed, and he can shoot.
“I’m a fast-paced guard that can shoot the ball at a high clip, can defend at a high level, and one that’s going to do whatever it takes to win,” said Green, whose father, David, played quarterback at Duke University. “I don’t care if I only have to score three points, but get five steals. Whatever it takes, I’m gonna do it.”
Green’s the first commitment for Xavier in 2023 and now that his decision’s out of the way, he’s focusing on getting more players to join him at Xavier.
“I’ve been trying to reach out to a couple guys, especially ones that are heavily considering Xavier,” said Green. “Recently, DaShawn Harris-Smith dropped his top five (schools) and I’ve been talking to him. Real cool guy. He’s a dog. I love him. I played against him in the Peach Jam championship.
“Kayden Fish, my big that was with me at Mokan. He does whatever it takes to win also and he’s a Peach Jam champion. There’s some guys I’m definitely talking to get them on board.”
Adding pieces to the backcourt was a priority in this recruiting cycle. Current guards Adam Kunkel and Souley Boum only have one season of eligibility left at Xavier, and adding Green puts the Musketeers in a solid position to make 2023 another strong recruiting class.