Kierell Green finds new home and returns to college ball at Edinboro

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 at 7:42 PM
Kierell Green finds new home and returns to college ball at Edinboro by Nate Steis
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EDINBORO - Edinboro graduate student Kierell Green is finding a new home at Edinboro University after his college basketball journey at Division I Niagara University in 2016.  

As a graduate of Integrated Design and Electronic Academy (IDEA) Public Charter, Green became the first student-athlete in the school to earn a Division I scholarship, something he remains proud of.  

“It means a lot to me,” said Green. “I am very appreciative for the support I had there from my family, coaches, teachers, and just the community. It was a great environment and I am happy to hopefully share it with my kids someday and take them there to show them a part of my career and the school’s history.” 

During his high school career, Green helped IDEA to their first ever DC Public Charter Schools Athletic Association (DCPCSAA) championship. He was named an All-DC selection as a senior, and averaged 11.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game for the IDEA Timberwolves. 

Surprisingly, Green did not think about reaching the pinnacle of Division I basketball until about halfway through his senior year of high school. Nonetheless, he received a few offers late in his senior year from HBCU’s like Savannah State, Morgan State, and SC Upstate. Ultimately, a visit to Niagara convinced him to become a Niagara Purple Eagle and head to New York for his college experience. 

The 6’7” forward spent three seasons and four years at Niagara and earned a degree in sports management. During his freshman college season, he accepted a redshirt, meaning Green only participated in games for two total seasons. This means he has two remaining years of eligibility after the 2020-21 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In his two seasons of action for the Purple Eagles spanning from 2017 till 2019, Green scored 61 points, grabbed 55 rebounds, and scored a career high seven points on two occasions, with one of those occurrences being against a Power 5 school and Big Ten Conference member Minnesota.  

What was shaping up to be his fourth college season and his senior year academically at Niagara ended in tough times as Green stepped away from basketball but remained focused on trying to find his next home and finishing his sports management degree. That is exactly what the Washington D.C. native did as he graduated in the spring of 2020 and also found where he would take his talents for the next two years of eligibility. 

With all his available opportunities, Green decided to become a Fighting Scot and enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Communication Studies program. Though his first year on campus resulted in another redshirt due to a cancelled season, Green is now half-way through his master's degree.  

“The PSAC is a great brand of basketball that is respected nationally. I know my film and numbers will be respected because I am a PSAC athlete which will hopefully help me become a pro someday soon.”  

Green heard about Edinboro from his high school coach who had connections with former Edinboro men’s basketball assistant coach Chivas Whipple. Though Whipple is no longer with the program, helping make Green a Fighting Scot was a big move, something Whipple deserves a lot of credit for. 

Now two years removed from an actual regulation basketball game, Green has thought about the moment he is hopefully able to step back on the court again for an NCAA sanctioned contest. 

“It is going to mean a lot, but I did not come here to play around. My goals are to be a top player in the conference and in all of Division II basketball. That will help me become a pro. I am excited for this season to come.” 

Green credits his mother, Atirah, his high school coach, James Pope, and one of his life mentors, Ricky Goings. These people have been by his side through all of the ups and downs, on an off the court.  

Being a native of D.C., Green has grown up a fan of all of the D.C. sports teams and lists D.C. native, Kevin Durant, and current Wizards star, Bradley Beal, as his favorite athletes. After his days in basketball conclude, the IDEA Public Charter product hopes to work in the business world and has gotten involved in the crypto currency world heavily over the last year. 

It has been an interesting college career and experience for the Purple Eagle turned Fighting Scot, but Green is taking things in stride and is motivated to make basketball a career and continue on the journey for as long as he possibly can. 

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