FSU basketball: Darin Green Jr enters second year at FSU

Darin Green Jr. is heading into his second season with FSU basketball. Given his college experience, Green looks to continue to play at a high level, plus be the veteran presence on the team. In his first year with the Seminoles, Green had ups and downs at the offensive end. Luckily, a new season is ahead of us, with an opportunity to improve.

Before transferring to Tallahassee, Green played his first three seasons at UCF. During his tenure, he continued to grow as one of the team’s leading scorers and grew confidence in scoring the basketball. By his junior year, Green became the Knight’s leading scorer, and led the team to the AAC championship before falling short to Memphis.

After a three-year run in Central Florida, Green decided to transfer up north to FSU basketball. The Seminoles needed to regroup following their loss in the ACC Tournament. Adding Green to their roster brought perimeter scoring next to players like Matthew Cleveland, Caleb Mills, and others.
Once Green stepped into the environment, he knew that playing for the Seminoles was the best decision to further his journey. “I just felt at home,” Green stated in his interview with Tomahawk Nation.

The Seminoles have looked to rejuvenate as contenders in the ACC. Over the past few years, it’s been an adjustment period as they fell short of an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2022.

Throughout the 2022-23 season, Green had ups and downs on the offensive end. He had a performance where he shot 8/11 from the three-point line, while the next game, he shot 3-11. Green can be a streaky shooter that has to be in rhythm when scoring. However, what allows him to be valuable is his confidence. He never gets too caught up in the moment and continues to find a way to make crucial plays.

Green’s ability to score from anywhere on the floor makes him an elite offensive weapon. Not only can he be a spot-up shooter at the three-point line. Green can put the ball on the floor and create his own shot. He does a terrific job coming off of ball screens and elevating on his shot before the defense switches. As well as showing his skillset on the perimeter, Green finds ways to be effective off the ball, whether it’s setting off ball screens or continuing to move. What makes

Green valuable on offense is his remaining active and anticipating the ball to make plays.
Green averaged 13.4 points per game on 36 percent from three. When called upon, he knocked down big shots to provide a spark for the Seminoles. A few performances that stand out from Green’s season are scoring 30 points against St. John’s, followed by a huge second half to lift the Noles to a win over Georgia Tech.

The Seminoles are searching for redemption after finishing last season with a disappointing 9-23 record. The question surrounding the program is can they regroup and become an ACC contender again? With major talents like Matthew Cleveland and Caleb Mills transferring, expect Darin Green to step up as one of the Seminoles’ offensive weapons.