Harlan County sophomore guard Blair Green played with and against many of the nation’s top high school players over the weekend in the USA Basketball 3×3 National Championships at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“It was also just an unbelievable opportunity to play with and against the best players in the country, and to have a chance to represent the USA in the world competition was a dream,” said Green, who returned home Sunday night. “Also, just to be able to train and play where so many Olympians have trained is really something that I will never forget.”
Green competed with the “Southern Starz.” Her team won in pool play before falling in the tournament quarterfinals.
“Playing in the 3×3 National Championships was a very exciting, fast-paced game,” Green said. “You play one 10-minute quarter with a 12-second shot clock, the 3-point line is international at 22 feet, the basketball is a little heavier, and you can’t really play with any help side, because everyone is so good you have to guard.”
The winning team qualifies to become Team USA 3×3 U18 and will compete in the 2016 World Championship on June 1-5 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Green was a second-team all-state selection last season, averaging just under 20 points per game as she led the Lady Bears to the 13th Region Tournament finals. Green has received scholarship offers from several Division I schools, including Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Dayton and Georgia. Green is the fourth-ranked wing in the Class of 2018 and is ranked 32nd overall nationally by Prospects Nation and was ranked as the 17th best player overall in Kentucky this year. A 2018 Miss KY Basketball candidate, Green plays club basketball for the Kentucky Premier’s top EYBL Nike team.
Green’s teammates included:
Myah Taylor, of Olive Branch High School in Mississippi, a point guard who is ranked 41st in the Class of 2017. She has committed to Mississippi State.
Haley Troup, of Gadsden City High School in Alabama, a guard who is ranked 85th in the Class of 2017 and has college offers from South Carolina and Texas.
Kennedy Gavin, of Petal High School in Mississippi, is a 6-1 forward who has received offers Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida and Dayton.
Reach John Henson at 606-909-4134