HOUSTON, Texas – Rice University head men’s basketball coach Mike Rhoades announced the addition of Van Green, a 2014 graduate of Columbia University. The 6-3 guard will complete his final season of eligibility in the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Rhoades said, “We’re excited to have Van as a part of our program moving into the future. Being a graduate transfer, he can bring us a wealth of experience and leadership that we’re looking forward to from him this year. He will have an opportunity to compete on the wing and really add to our depth and to our upperclassmen."
Green played in 37 games for the Lions before missing his final two seasons of action. In 2011-12 as a sophomore, he averaged 10.2 minutes in 15 games, including double-figure minutes in seven Ivy League contests and a 50 percent shooting clip from the field. He notched a career-best 10 points in a win over Dartmouth, including a pair of three-pointers. In the previous game, he swiped four steals against Cornell.
As a rookie in 2010-11, the Birmingham, Ala. native saw action in 22 games, with a high-scoring mark of nine points in a narrow win against American. He competed in nine conference games and finished the season with 22 points in 7.2 minutes per game and knocked down 6-of-7 free throws.
In all, Green posted a positive 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio with 71 points on 43.1 percent shooting and a 9-of-28 mark from downtown. He also shot better than 70 percent at the foul line while hauling down more than a rebound per game to accompany 13 steals and 12 blocked shots while helping the Lions to 15 wins in each of his two seasons under the guidance of associate head coach Carlin Hartman, who joined the Rice staff this spring.
Green averaged 24.5 points with eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals in his senior season at Central Park Christian School in Birmingham. He led the squad to consecutive National Association of Christian Athletes national championships in his junior and senior seasons and was named the Tipoff Club Player of the Year for the Birmingham area. He was his class valedictorian and was twice named Christian Scholar-Athlete of the Year.