For the first time since 2007, the South Bend Adams boys basketball team will play in Regionals. The Eagles will battle Lake Central at 1pm EST Saturday in Michigan City in the semifinals.
"We're very fortunate to be here right now,” says senior point guard Rosey Green. “We're going to take advantage of this opportunity."
Green has taken advantage of a second opportunity to be able to play basketball with the Eagles. He did not play basketball last year after getting in a fight in school on September 20th, 2010.
"I was involved in a scuffle with another kid and I was kicked out of school,” Green explains.
He spent a day in the Juvenile Justice Center and was suspended from school for the rest of the semester. He returned in January 2011, but basketball wasn’t in the picture.
"Man it hurt me real bad,” Green explains. “I love basketball. To sit out the whole season? It really hurt me inside. I couldn't even go to the games to watch them because I knew I was supposed to be out there."
But Green knew changing who he was and the perception of who he was, was most important. He listened to his parents who “always had my ear”, and got his grades up. To this day, Green continues to take online classes to make up the schoolwork he’s missed. And he stays out of trouble. He points to his twin little brothers as those who look up to him. He knew he couldn’t let them down anymore.
"It made me a better person I think,” Green says of learning from his mistakes. “It made me become a stronger person inside. I never knew how many people were on my side until I went through all of that and now they see I'm on the right track, now they are saying 'yeah, he's not a bad kid.’"
After a year away from basketball, Green got his chance to return to the court.
"I'm very grateful,” Green says. “God must have been on my side and gave me a second chance and I just took advantage of the opportunities."
Milt Cooper took over as the boys basketball coach this summer. All he’s seen is a player and person committed to doing things right.
“I’ve never had a problem with Rosey,” Cooper explains. “He’s a great kid.”
Cooper remembers a time during summer basketball when he thought he had a problem with Green. He thought Green had done something he shouldn’t have on the court and started yelling at him. A referee came over and told Cooper that Rosey didn’t do anything wrong.
“I was embarrassed,” Cooper admits.
Adams won just five games last season with Green not available to play. With him on the court, they’ve become sectional champions. It’s not just his skill that’s allowed this to happen. It’s his attitude and the example he sets everyday in practice for his teammates.
"When your hardest worker is your best player, its inspiration for everyone,” Cooper says.
All he’s gone through has made Rosey Green appreciate what he has, it’s allowed him to put everything in perspective and it’s made him better where he's always shined, the basketball court.
"My drive--I'm just more determined,” Green says as to why he’s a better player and leader on the court now. “I want to do this for my family and my teammates. I want to show everyone that I'm back, much stronger and a better person."
Green doesn’t know what the future will hold for him. He understands he’ll have to explain why he’s been behind in school, why his grades were once so low and why he missed a full season of basketball.
But he’s OK with having to give those explanations.
“I’ll make the most of it,” Green says.
All he needs is an opportunity. He’s proven, he’ll make the most of it.