Cienega standout Lauren Green (6-0) committed to play for Long Beach State on Monday. The senior guard/forward drew interests from 21 programs including the University of Arizona and she collected four scholarship offers down the stretch.
As reported by AllSportsTucson.com founder and editor Javier Morales this past July, Green was offered by Long Beach State and New Mexico State during an AAU tournament in Las Vegas while she was playing for the Tucson Rattlers.
Grand Canyon and Cal State Bakersfield also offered her a scholarship and, according to her mother Rochelle Green, the final decision came down between GCU and Long Beach State.
“Long Beach State was there at the beginning of the process thanks to Paul Reed,” Green said.
“He is at Washington now but Lauren told the coaches at Long Beach State that she was still interested and that she wanted them to come watch her play. I’m just glad the whole process is over and it came down between playing close to home at GCU or going to play in California. She made a great decision.”
Green was a member of the AllSportsTucson.com All-Freshman Team and was an easy First Team All-Southern Arizona selection after her sophomore and junior seasons at Cienega.
Green was the only girl from Southern Arizona chosen to play in the exclusive “The Show” high school All-Star game last year in Phoenix along with former Sunnyside standout Nikc Jackson and Salpointe standout Majok Deng on the boy’s side. Deng has been offered by the University of Arizona.
“I’m really excited,” Lauren Green said. “I’m extremely relieved it’s all over and I can prepare myself to play there!”
Her head coach with the Rattlers is Pima assistant coach Chris Klassen.
“She is one of the hardest working, dedicated players I have coached,” Klassen explained. “She has worked incredibly hard in the last two years to develop her ball handling, outside shooting and perimeter defense to be able to be the “stretch-forward” that many D-I schools seek. She has done everything asked of her and more. We are so excited and happy for her and her mom and can’t wait to watch her college career.”
Paul Reed coached at Tucson High from 2005-2011 before he moved over to coach at Cienega for two more years. He was hired to be an assistant at Long Beach State under Jody Wynn in 2014 and he joined the Washington staff this summer when Wynn brought along her assistants from Long Beach State with her when the Huskies hired her in April.
Lauren Green’s older sister, former Cienega softball standout Kayla Green, will be a junior pitcher at New Mexico State this year where she has earned multiple recognitions including All-WAC honors.
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