Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

June 21, 2014

Green’s going west

Sequoyah senior Caisen Green signs to play basketball at NW Oklahoma State

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

Caisen Green had a decision to make. It’s one all college prospects have to ponder: stay close to home or explore options further away?

Green thought long and hard about staying in northeast Oklahoma.

“I initially thought that (Rogers State) would be the place that I would go,” Green said.

Then he took a trip west to Alva. That was all it took.

“After meeting the coaches and seeing the campus and talking with the people there,” Green said of Northwestern Oklahoma State, “it just felt right.”

And with that, Green signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Division II institution. Sequoyah’s 6-foot-2 forward will join a Rangers team that went 12-14 overall and 9-11 in the Great American Conference in 2013-2014.

“The coaches and staff addressed all of my concerns without even being asked,” Green said of Andrew Brown’s coaching staff. “The coaches were very knowledgeable and seemed to really appreciate what role I could play within the basketball program. Everything that they said, the questions that they answered and how they answered them, it just seemed like an answer to my prayers.”

Green leaves Sequoyah after averaging 19.3 points per game his senior year. Green and the Indians made it to the Class 3A semifinals for the second straight season before being eliminated by Okemah in back-to-back campaigns.

“I loved my high school experience,” said Green, who logged 35 points to lead Sequoyah past Sperry in the quarterfinals of the 3A state tournament this past March. “I wish I had one more year. I’m really going to miss it; my coaches, my team and the fans.”

One option — Northeastern State — would have allowed Green to play right down the road from his high school alma mater. However, nothing ever materialized between the hometown hoopster and the RiverHawks.

“Earlier in the school year, I really would have loved to stay in my home town and played at NSU,” Green said. “Before Coach (Larry) Gibson had retired, I had visited a couple of games and we had exchanged some emails back and forth. When Coach (Jason) Tinsley arrived, I went to a tryout, and it seemed that he was looking for JUCO players with college experience. So I knew after that tryout, that that wasn’t the place for me, at that time.”

So now Green is focused on helping the Rangers win games in the GAC.

“I am really excited to have this opportunity to continue to play basketball at the next level,” Green said. “This has been a life long goal for me.”

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