University of Michigan Basketball

Ricky Green

1977,   Guard

Ricky Green

Ricky Green joined the Michigan squad in 1975 after two Junior College All-American seasons at Vincennes, Indiana where he tallied 1,295 points. One of the most exciting players ever to play at Michigan, Green terrorized opponents defensively, often making a steal and leading the fast break. He led Michigan to a 25-7 record in 1975-76 and second place in the NCAA Tournament. Three of Michigan's losses were to Indiana's undefeated national champions. The following year Green helped the Wolverines capture a Big Ten title, compiling a 16-2 conference record and a 26-4 oveall mark.

In his two years at Michigan, Green scored 1,184 point, the most scored by a Michigan player in a two year career at that time. Twice selected to the NCAA All-Tournament team, Green was a consensus All-Big Ten selection each of his two years at Michigan. He wan an honorable mention All-American in 1976 and a consensus first team selection in 1977. He was runner-up for the national collegiate player of the year that season.

At 6' 2" with blazing speed and great leaping ability, Green was called by coach Johnny Orr "the most exciting college basketball player in the country." Iowa coach Lute Olson commented, "Three defenders on Ricky Green is a mis-match in Green's favor.*q With Wolverine teammate John Robinson, Green took Chicago's Hirsh High School to the Illinois State Championship in 1973.

Career Statistics
Year GP FG-FGA FG% FT-FTA FT% Reb Avg. Pts Avg
1976 32 266-542 .491 106-135 .785 119 3.7 638 19.9
1977 28 224-464 .483 98-128 .766 81 2.9 546 19.5
Totals 60 490-1006 .487 204-263 .776 199 3.3 1184 19.7

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