UNC Basketball

Danny Green: The Most Underrated Player on the UNC Tarheels

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 21:  Danny Green #14 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacst after a basket against the Louisiana State University Tigers during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 21, 2009 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Marisa ScolamieroAnalyst IApril 3, 2009

North Carolina has a team with some truly great players like Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansbrough, and Wayne Ellington. They also have a lot of very good players like Danny Green.

Green is probably the most underrated player on the Tarheels. He is typically a sixth man, but lately Coach Roy Williams has been inserting Green into the starting line up.

UNC has been breezing through the NCAA tournament, even with Ty Lawson not at 100%. Hansbrough and Ellington have been putting up their usual numbers, but it's Danny Green who's really elevated his game.

Against Oklahoma last Sunday, Green had five rebounds, one assist, three steals, one block, and scored 18 points. Not bad for a guy that usually comes off the bench.

Now Green isn't a scoring machine, and doesn't score 30 plus points every time out, but he does so many other things that are valuable to the team. Against Gonzaga, he had seven assists, and four steals. Those are the things that make North Carolina work like a well-oiled machine.

Danny Green is one of the most likable guys on the Tarheels. The media loves him because he always answers their questions, and pays attention when they speak. His coach couldn't say enough good things about him, and his teammates love him.

Green is the guy that gets everyone laughing with his pre-game dances, and is the one energizing the crowd. Not to mention he's pretty good with a basketball too.

What makes Green even more remarkable is what he's overcome to be the player he is now. In March of 2008, Green's father was arrested for trafficking cocaine, and ended up in jail for conspiracy.

His father's jail time extremely effected his game. Roy Williams always felt confident sending Green in at the end of a game because he knew he'd almost always sink that three to give Carolina an edge, or block a shot, or make a steal, but when his father was in jail Green wasn't able to do that.

Several months later, Green's father accepted a plea, and was out on parole. With his father out of jail, Green returned to his true form, and is showing everyone just how good he really is.

Danny Green has given people a lot to talk about over the course of this NCAA tournament. Many people that have picked North Carolina to win the championship are saying that Green is worthy of being the MVP.

Now, I don't know if I could over look Ty Lawson for that one, but if there was an award for the most underrated player Danny Green would win hands down. There is no doubt that for North Carolina to win, Green is going to have to play a major role.

If he keeps doing what he's been doing, I'd be willing to bet that UNC will be cutting down the net come April 6.

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