Western Nebraska Community College’s Jervay Green made it official on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA signing day, when the Cougar sophomore inked to continue his career at the University of Nebraska.
For Green, it is was a decision that he doesn’t regret as he sported the Big N Red hoodie when he signed his papers.
“I am very excited [to be an official Husker. I am blessed,” Green said in a signing ceremony Wednesday at Cougar Palace. “It is nice [to sign with Nebraska] and I just want to thank God for the opportunities he has given me. Thank you coach and my teammates for pushing me every day in practice, and I will keep pushing myself from here on out.”
Nebraska coach Tim Miles, in a press release, is excited to get a player the caliber of Green in his program for the next two years.
“Jervay is a big, strong guard who can make plays from both guard positions,” Miles said. “He is a beast. I am so thankful that he saw his future here because I think he is going to be a difference maker for us. He can guard and is putting up astounding numbers this season. I believe what he can do on junior college level is transferrable to our level and the Big Ten.”
Green definitely is putting up numbers for the Cougars this season. Green scored 44 points last week in a loss to the College of Southern Idaho. The 44 points is the most a Cougar has scored since Raul Delgado scored 45 in a win over Little Big Horn in 2011. His 44 points was also six points, or two 3-pointers, shy of breaking the school record of most points in a game. That record of 49 points, is held by Billy Stewart in 1965 and Eric Gore in 1990. Gore’s 49 points occurred at the national tournament against San Jacinto College.
Green has all the makings to rewrite the record book after what he did at George Washington High School in Denver.
This season Green is a third-team preseason All-American by Street’s and Smith magazine. He is 27.0 points a game on 52 percent shooting, while adding 4.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game through five games. As a freshman last season, Green averaged 14.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.7 steals a game. He finished the year scoring in double figures in 23 of the team’s last 24 games, including helping the Cougars to a Region IX title, the first title in 17 years for WNCC men’s basketball.
While Green is leaving his mark on the hardwoods at WNCC, he achieved plenty of success at George Washington, breaking a school record that was held by NBA great Chauncey Billips of scoring 64 points in a game. At Denver’s George Washington, Green averaged nearly 20 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals for a team that went 25-3 and was the Class 5A runner-up as a senior. He scored over 1,000 points in high school.
What Green wants the most is to be a champion as he represents winning as a positive trait. He left a mark at GW and he wants to do the same at WNCC and at Nebraska.
“At George Washington, we went to state but we lost. It was still big,” he said. “I came here my freshman year and we won Region IX and went to nationals. We didn’t get what we wanted, but we still went far. Now with Tim Miles I can’t wait to get there.”
Green said to accomplish those goals, it is important to stay focused for the season. Now, after signing with Nebraska, he can turn his attention to the goal of winning another regional title.
“It is a big plus because now I can focus on my teammates and helping the coach in whatever he needs and do what I need to do for my teammates,” Green said. “I want the national championship. The Region IX championship is cool, but I want the national championship. I have one more year to accomplish that.”
Green said his time at WNCC has been great and he wants to enjoy plenty of success.
“I love WNCC,” Green said. “The fans are great. My teammates are great. Coaches are great. We bump heads everyday but it is still good.”
WNCC head coach Cory Fehringer said Green’s game is special and he will fit in nicely at Nebraska.
“Jervay’s game is unique especially at the junior college level because a lot of times you have someone that just dominates the ball and doesn’t include teammates, and the moment we saw him play, we knew he wasn’t a selfish player,” Fehringer said. “We knew he wanted to pass the basketball. He made the other guys around him better. I think what is undervalued is his ability to defend, to anticipate and get the deflections and get steals and create offense going the other way. He has never been a rollercoaster for us. Whenever we are up 20 or down 20, he seems to play basketball. The first time I watched him practice at GW (George Washington High in Denver), the one thing I knew about him was he loved to be on the floor. His competitive spirit is hard to be matched. Often time’s kids are used to quitting but when you have a competitor with a great spirit that wants to win and is willing to do whatever it takes, those are the type of guys you want in the locker room.”
Green realizes he can’t get complacent with his game, he needs to continue to get better and that includes getting in the weight room, something he jokes about not doing.
“I have to work even harder than what I am doing right now,” Green said of going to Nebraska. “When I went on the visit, those dudes were big and I need to get bigger for sure. I just need to work on some little things.”
The biggest thing that Fehringer said of Green going to Nebraska is his loyalty to Nebraska and Colorado.
“The opportunity for Jervay to stay in the state of Nebraska beginning with his time in western Nebraska and then going to the other side of the state to Lincoln shows the positive relationship we have with the community now and how it extends to the University of Nebraska,” Fehringer said. “Now, we have a bigger reason to say ‘Go Big Red’ and cheer on Coach Miles and the Cornhuskers as we have one of our Western Nebraska Cougars go on to Nebraska. I think that is a special opportunity for this young man to play in and connect with states from Colorado to Nebraska and I think loyalty is a big part of his backbone. I think he showed loyalty for the state of Colorado and now he shows loyalty to the state of Nebraska. I don’t think that should be something that is overlooked from our community, our college, or the state.”