Former Hawaii basketball guard Leland Green has found his greener land of opportunity.
Green, a reserve who played an average of 8.7 minutes in 27 games in 2018-19, will play at Division II Humboldt State for his senior season. Because he is dropping down a division, he does not have to sit out a season.
Green was a courteous, quiet sort who wowed upon his arrival from Los Angeles with a better-than-expected jump shot and a ready-made physique.
He enjoyed a productive freshman season — including hitting the game-winning shot against Cal State Northridge, plus a 25-point game in an overtime win over Long Beach State. He struggled his sophomore season, though, and underwent offseason shoulder surgery going into his junior year. He was never quite able to recapture his old role, although he was a bright spot off the bench a handful of times late in the season.
Humboldt State, which in 2018 became the first Division II team to be a full participant in the Rainbow Classic, made the official announcement on Wednesday.
Green said this in the Lumberjacks’ release: “I want to thank God for my God-given ability to be able to play the sport that I love. Also my parents and family for their love and support through the ups and downs. I want to thank my high school coach Reggie Morris and the entire coaching staff for pushing me to be the best that I could be. I’m blessed to finish out my college career at Humboldt State and I’m looking to do big things.”
UH has four scholarships to offer for the 2019-20 season.