TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For Darin Green Jr. basketball is more than just a game.
His love for the game stems from his family. His mom played high school basketball, his dad played basketball at George Washington University, and a number of members of his extended family played the game.
Green chose to wear the number 22 because that is the number his father wore. He is also the 22nd player on Florida State’s basketball team to wear the number 22.
When choosing a college to transfer to when he decided to leave UCF after the 2021-22 season, Green wanted his new school and team to feel like home. It was important for his parents to come along with him. Not only did Darin Green feel the family environment around the Florida State basketball program; his parents felt the same way, too.
“I like the coaching staff and what they preach,” said Green. “They preach almost the same thing as what my parents preach at home.
Green describes Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton as a “player’s coach who teaches”.
The first-year Florida State guard understands the value of a good coach because he wants to become a coach one day.
“Once my basketball career is over, I definitely want to get into coaching,” said Green. “I talk to Coach Hamilton all the time, and he thinks I could be a pretty good coach.”
With a mentor like Coach Hamilton, the possibilities are endless.
Over the summer, Green played alongside his new Florida State teammates on the Seminoles’ 2022 Canadian Tour.
This experience was not only great for Green to be able to get a feel for the Florida State basketball system before the season began, but he also got to bond with his teammates.
“It was our first time as a team actually getting to bond outside of Tallahassee, which I think was really good for us,” said Green. We had fun not only on the court, but off the court.”
The bonds he has developed with his teammates have quickly paid dividends.
“Outside of practice when we’re on our own, we play our own pick-up games,” said Green. “We all live in the same building, so we all get to play video games and stuff like that.”
With the support of his teammates, Florida State’s coaching staff, and his parents, Green has adjusted to his transfer to Florida State, and just as importantly, to the ACC.
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