11/9/2017 8:41:00 PM Green signs to play basketball at Ursuline College
Jackson senior Rebekah Green (center) is joined by her parents, Craig and Cindy Green, as she signs with Ursuline College on Wednesday afternoon. In the back row (L-R) are: Tuck Conner (Team Ohio) and Jackson girls’ head coach Matt Walburn. (Photo By Todd Compston)
JACKSON - Rebekah Green is going to Ursuline College in the Cleveland area.
The Jackson High School standout selected the Arrows over Ursuline's rival Cedarville University.
"The minute, I stepped on campus, I just felt something," Green said about Ursuline. "I felt like it was going to be a good fit for me. The coaching staff was wonderful, the campus itself had a very small feel and I really like that.
"They are a very successful program and I'm looking forward to being a part of something great."
Green signed her letter-of-intent Wednesday in an afternoon ceremony in the Jackson High School Commons, surrounded by her parents, Dr. Craig and Cindy Green, her coaches, teammates and a lot of friends.
Jackson head coach Matt Walburn said Green and Ursuline are a good fit for each other.
"I don't know a whole lot about them, but from what I do know, I think she is a very good fit for them," said Walburn. "I know they like to get up and down the floor and the coach likes the way she gets to the rim and tries to create stuff.
"Having the opportunity to go there or somewhere else, to me, it's a compliment to Bek to go there and let her teammates see what all the hard work has done for her and all the time and effort she has put into the game of basketball."
A member of the 2018 class at Jackson High School, Green has over 1,300 career points with her senior season right around the corner. She will more than likely surpass former standouts Madison Rideout and Julie Coffey early in the season to move into second all-time on the scoring list at Jackson.
"She does so much more than just scoring," said Walburn. "Her assists aren't big because we ask her to score so much but rebounding, hustle and steals, she packs the stat sheet with that stuff."
Green averaged 23 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists to lead the Ironladies last season.
She was a three-time All-SEOAL first-team selection, including a two-time honoree on the Associated Press Southeast District first team in Division II. She was named to the second team during her freshman campaign.
Green was also named to the third team on the Associated Press All-Ohio team in Division II last season and was special mention during the 2015-16 season.
For three years, Green has been the centerpiece on her team, but she has been able to handle all the pressure and the expectations put on her.
"I am very hard on myself and I feel if I don't fill those expectations, I'm letting my team down," she said. "But they are always very supportive. My parents, teammates and coaches are always letting me know that I'm where I'm supposed to be and they push me to be my best.
"I also put a lot of that pressure and those expectations on myself. I feel like I'm the leader of the team and everyone feeds off my energy. If I'm not ready to practice or I'm not ready for the game, it kind of rubs off on everybody else. So I always make it a point to show up with a positive attitude, ready to work."
Green's long-term goals after basketball is to become an orthopedic nurse practitioner, focusing on athletic injuries.
"I had a hip injury my sophomore year and Nisha Smith at Holzer was helpful with me and that kind of encouraged me to want to help athletes like myself," she said.
Through all the hard work during her first three seasons, Green said she wouldn't change anything.
"I believe my high school career has molded me into what I am today," said Green. "Without people like Coach Walburn, Monty (Gilliland) and Rich (Hughes), I don't think I would be who I am today.
"The community support has also been overwhelming. Every time I'm out, people make it a point to talk to me and seeing them in the stands (on game nights) is such a good feeling."
Although, she is preparing for her final season at Jackson, Green said she is excited and is looking forward to being in the city atmosphere in Cleveland next year.