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Williamsburg Christian Academy senior shooting guard Xavier Green committed to play college basketball for Conference USA member Old Dominion University on Sunday morning over waffles and omelets.
Green wrapped up his official visit to ODU by having breakfast Sunday morning with his parents and the coaching staff for the Monarchs. During breakfast, Green and his father exchanged glances as if to say “do it now.”
Having his father’s approval to make his college decision, Green told ODU Coach Jeff Jones of his decision to commit to the Monarchs.
“I felt like they were in shock,” said Green of the ODU coaches. “They just smiled. Coach [Jones] got a little red in the face and he started giving me a hug.”
Green’s decision to commit to ODU, a Division I program, came after last weekend’s official visit, his third visit to the school in total. After attending an ODU basketball camp and taking an unofficial to the school, Green said he has developed a good rapport with the coaching staff and current players.
During the official visit, Green took a tour of the ODU campus, attended a football game, met with the school’s president John Broderick and spent time with the current players. The visit reinforced everything Green already enjoyed about the school.
“The players are really funny, and I was comfortable around them,” Green said. “I just knew I was going to be there.”
Toward the latter stages of his recruitment, Green began receiving interest from other Division I programs. While Green had scholarship offers from the likes of James Madison and East Carolina, he also received interest from schools like Xavier, Cincinnati, Creighton and Wichita State, programs known for frequently reaching the NCAA Tournament.
Green, a 6-foot-5 unranked prospect on 247Sports and Rivals, said the idea of playing for bigger college basketball programs was intriguing. However, Green felt like the program at ODU was a better fit for his personality.
“They’re an upcoming program and I like being an underdog,” Green said about ODU. “It would be cool to go to a bigger school, but they weren’t showing as much interest as ODU. I want to go somewhere I’m wanted. I don’t want to be a piece of the puzzle, I want to go somewhere I can be a big piece of the puzzle.”
Not only does Green want to be a big piece of the puzzle at ODU, he expects to be as soon as he steps on campus.
“I’m not going to red-shirt,” he said confidently. “I honestly think I’m going to start my freshman year.”