Athlete of the Week: Green grows into his role for CA

cambhoops-24All teams dream of winning a state championship. But at programs like Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball, states title are almost expected.

At least that’s the culture eighth-grade shooting guard Michael Green grew up with at CA. From the time he started the first grade until he starred for the middle school team, the varsity Saints won five SCISA Class A state championships.

Green, who was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week for helping the Saints (20-4 overall, 8-0 Region 3-2A) win yet another region championship, not only knows about the high standards; he embraces them and wouldn’t want it any other way.

“I grew up looking up to those guys and watching them win state championships,” said Green, who is averaging 15.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game this season.  “I would rather have those expectations. I want to win just like they did.”

So far so good for Green, who has come into the varsity program with guns a-blazing. With the Saints losing six seniors off last year’s state championship squad, Green was called upon to make an early contribution for the Saints, and he has not disappointed.

“At the start of summer camp I was kind of surprised that I was going to be counted on to be a scorer, but I got used to the role,” Green said. “I’ve also tried to be a vocal leader. When I was injured for six games, I could still help the team from the bench.”

The Saints have had to deal with injuries and growing pains of a young team struggling to live up to their lofty goals. A couple of early losses were a blow to the young team’s ego, but like Green, the whole team has gained confidence throughout the season and going into the playoffs.

“We lost our first two games and realized this isn’t going to be a cakewalk,” Green said. “We had to get back on track, and keep the team together. I think the coaches pulled it out of us and let us know what we are capable of, so a lot of credit to our coaches.”

The turning point of the season was the Saints’ series with public-school rival St. James, which won the first meeting by double digits. Two weeks later, Christian Academy upset the Sharks to show the short turnaround that carried them to a region title. Now the Saints have to prove they can do it in the postseason, like so many teams before.

“I didn’t know what kind of season we would have this year because it was a new team, but overall I think all of us have adjusted,” Green said. “I just hope that we can learn from it and put it to use in the playoffs. … I’d like to win the state championship every year.”

Photo by Lindsay Hickman

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