Derrio Green, a 6-foot, 180-pound combo guard who just completed his freshman season at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama, City, Fla., said Monday night he has chosen to play basketball for the Charlotte 49ers.
Green, who will have three years of eligibility, picked Charlotte over Georgia and George Washington. He made recruiting visits to Charlotte and Georgia over the weekend.
"Charlotte has great facilities, talented players, a great coach in coach (Bobby) Lutz and a great system - everything about it was a perfect fit," Green said Monday night. "I felt real comfortable when I made my visit. I am going to spend the next three years at a school and if I am I want to feel comfortable. I felt like I fit right in."
In one season at Gulf Coast, Green averaged 13.6 points and five assists per game. He shot more than 44 percent from 3-point range and better than 75 percent from the free throw line.
Green impressed scouts in this season's Florida Juco state basketball tournament, when he opened the tournament with a 38-point performance in an overtime win over Miami-Dade.
Green said he had already signed his national letter of intent and it would go out in Tuesday's mail. He said he was recruited by the 49ers' associate head coach, Rob Moxley, although he said current point guard DiJuan Harris was a big reason for his decision as well.
"He is such a great guy. I really wanted the opportunity to play with him," Green said. "With guys like Shamari (Spears), Phil (Jones) and (Chris) Braswell down low, all I'm going to have to do is just feed the ball to the post.
"A lot of guys in juco always say your first year in Division I is a learning year and your senior year is your best year. That's why I wanted to have three years to play."
Green said he got back from his recruiting visit to Georgia on Sunday evening and spent most of Monday talking over his decision with his parents. He notified Charlotte's coaching staff Monday evening. Green also said he plans to be on campus for the first and second summer sessions.
The 49ers still have one scholarship remaining for next season.
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