Niagara Freshman Green named Rookie of the Year

March 1, 2012 Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM EDT

By WKBW News


Niagara Freshman Green named Rookie of the Year

March 1, 2012 Updated Mar 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -(WKBW/Niagara Release) Niagara men’s basketball freshman guard Juan'ya Green has been named the 2011-12 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Year.

A three-time MAAC rookie of the week recipient, Green has dazzled the conference with his electrifying play en route to becoming the first freshman and second Purple Eagle in program history to win the award.

Green, who was named to the MAAC All-Rookie and All-Third Team, orchestrates the nation’s third youngest team on both ends of the court. Green has started in every game this season and leads Niagara in scoring, assists, steals, field goals and free throws made.

The nation’s second leading scorer among freshman is also third in the conference with 17.5 points per game, third in assists with 4.3 per game and leads the conference in steals with 1.8 per game. Green is the only player in the MAAC, one of 18 players in the nation and one of three freshmen nationally to lead his team in all three categories.

Green has set the school’s freshman single-season record in points (543), steals (57) and free throws (176), while chasing the field goals made and assists record. He started his collegiate career by setting the school’s freshman points record in a debut, scoring 23 points in Niagara’s overtime win over Central Connecticut State on Nov. 14. Green broke a 33-year old Niagara freshman single-game scoring record when he netted 35 points in his first-ever conference game on Dec. 2, which is tied for fifth most by a freshman in MAAC history. Green recorded his third 30-point game on Feb. 26, which is the most by a Purple Eagles in five seasons.

Throughout the season, Green flashed moments of brilliance and made impactful plays down the stretch. He scored game-winners against Sam Houston State (Nov. 23) and St. Francis (11/28), went a combined 23-for-23 at the free-throw line in wins over Saint Peter’s and dished the game-winning assist in a last-second come from behind win versus Rider on Feb. 11.

In his first-ever Battle of the Bridge game, Green had a career-high 11 assists at Canisius on Jan. 19 which are the seventh most assists by a Purple Eagle in a conference game.

Green is third in points and free throws made and is second in steals among MAAC freshmen all-time.