Green to leave LSU Basketball program to pursue grad degree opportunities

Monday, July 18, 2011 - 5:33pm

BATON ROUGE, La - LSU men’s basketball player Garrett Green has decided to transfer from LSU to pursue graduate degree opportunities elsewhere, head coach Trent Johnson announced on Monday afternoon.

Green, a native of Woodland Hills, Calif., who played in all 32 games this past season with five starts, leaves with the intention of pursuing a graduate degree. With one year of eligibility remaining due to a redshirt year in 2008-09, he intends to use the one-time transfer exception as outlined by NCAA rules in order to complete his eligibility.

“Garrett requested his release this week to pursue his educational goals,” said Johnson. “He is on track to graduate from LSU on August 5 and we wish him the best in the future.”

Over the past two seasons under Coach Johnson’s tutelage at LSU, Green has increased his production on the court. In 2010-11, he averaged 6.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, while shooting 44.8% from the field. Green averaged 18.0 minutes per game and also led the team in rebounding eight times during the course of the year.

During his sophomore season in 2009-10, he averaged 10.7 minutes, 2.1 points, and 2.5 rebounds per game. He redshirted during the 2008-09 season due to lower back problems after playing in 25 games his freshman season in 2007-08.

“Coach Johnson has given me every opportunity to be successful here at LSU,” said Green. “I’m getting my bachelor’s degree, had a chance to play in the SEC, and be a part of a great basketball program. I really appreciate everything Coach Johnson and LSU have done for me, but I look forward to my next opportunity.”

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