The Pangos All-American Camp is an invite-only event and has long served as a premier stage for high school players to showcase their skills and talents in front of NBA teams, national scouts and media outlets. Pro Insight spent the week in Las Vegas and caught up with Trey Green of Link Academy (MO) and MOKAN Elite (MO). At Pangos, Green showcased his potent shooting on and off the ball in addition to shift and pace with the ball in his hands.
Green is an incoming senior who led Link Academy to a 34-2 record and a GEICO national championship game appearance in their inaugural season and was part of a MOKAN team that sported a 17-2 record heading into Peach Jam. The class of 2023 PG currently has a top-7 of Nebraska, LSU, Clemson, Xavier, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, and VCU.
As part of the Pro Insight Q&A series, Green dives into his experience with Link and MOKAN, the deciding factors once he picks a college, what got him into basketball, and much more. (In case you missed our first interview with Trey, read it here)
For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present 2023 prospect, Trey Green from Charlotte, North Carolina:
Pro Insight: Congrats on being selected as a Pangos All-American! What have you been hoping to show, or prove, over these next few days?
Trey Green: I want to show that I can compete at the highest level. I don't want politics or anything going into it. I feel like if I just go out there, compete, and show what I can showcase, be a leader, scoring at all three levels, defending, all those things, I will feel like I've done my job here.
PI: How would you describe your game for those who have never seen it?
TG: I’m an athletic guard who can get downhill, loves the three-pointer, can score at all three levels. I'm developing the defending skills but I feel like I can be a pest on defense, as well as improving as a true leader on and off the court.
PI: Is defense the most underrated part of your game?
TG: I feel like yes, just because I haven't been showcasing it. I've kind of been slacking on it in the past, but I've been working on it a lot during the summer with my dad, especially my lateral quickness.
PI: Did being at Link, with their high-pressure defensive style with a ton of high level athletes help a lot?
TG: For sure. Coach Perry was one of those coaches who said if you don't play defense then you don't play. We had a whole defensive rule test before the season even started, so I feel like he really brought out the defensive guy in me.
PI: How was that Link experience? Even though you lost, making it to the GEICO championship game is a great accomplishment, especially in the first year of a program.
TG: It was something beautiful. You had to be a part of it to really witness how we really bonded and connected within that one year. We all just met each other and within 5-6 months we connected like we were brothers. That was an experience that I will never forget. It helped me grow a lot, both as a person and as a player when I get to the college level, cause there you're also going to be with guys you've never met before, so it helped me with that.
PI: Describe your AAU season with MOKAN, so far.
TG: It's kinda like the Link style. We all were top players on our high school team but came to our AAU team and just bonded and became role players. We've only lost one game and are at the top of EYBL, right now. So keep grinding, stay level like Coach P says, and it's going to be something special to be a part of.
PI: What are your biggest goals over the next year?
TG: I would say, if I go back to that national schedule and program, winning GEICO would be the sole goal, also making it to Peach and winning Peach Jam. I feel like we have a great chance of getting there and winning it as well with the team that we have, and I feel like I have something to prove if I get back on that national schedule.
PI: What are you looking for in a college program, both on and off the court?
TG: Off the court, that family atmosphere, that home atmosphere. On the court, I kind of want a point guard coach, like a Coach Young or Wes Miller. I’m looking for a point guard coach or one that knows about the position because ultimately I want to be a pro at it. If I go to the next level and they give me tips and clues and everything to help me develop to be a pro point guard, I feel like that would help me a lot.
PI: Is there any specific playstyle that you’re looking for right now, more up-tempo, half court or it doesn’t really matter?
TG: I feel like me personally, I fit a more up-tempo, fast-paced, structured type of style. I haven’t really thought too much about it or focused on a specific school that has that, but I’m open and blessed to everyone that has recruited me.
PI: Any program you’d like to hear from that hasn’t reached out, yet?
TG: Not really, I’m solely focused on the ones who are reaching out and showing love to me, because ultimately those are the ones who I am going to be coming down to, I’m coming down to my decision. Virginia is on me heavy, Xavier is on me heavy, Cincinnati, LSU, Virginia Tech, Clemson, VCU, all those coaches are still on me heavy and I’m just showing the love back.
PI: Do you have a timetable on when you are going to commit or just still going through the process?
TG: Right now, I have most of my officials set up for September, so around the October area, early October is when I will be making my commitment decision.
PI: Can you share a bit about your family, your background, where you’re from, and what led to this point?
TG: I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina. My dad played quarterback at Duke, my uncle played basketball and George Washington, my other uncle played football at NC State. I have a cousin at Florida State (Darin Green) playing basketball right now. We’re just an athletic family. I grew up around sports, playing football, baseball, basketball. Anything I can get into, I played. And my dad is my biggest critic and biggest fan at the same time. He has always encouraged me to work out, do everything I need to do, make sure I’m staying on top of things.
PI: What made you start playing basketball?
TG: Really, it was my cousin and grandma. She saw me play other sports and then she saw me play basketball and she was like “this is your sport.” So I’m just playing the sport for her and my family, that ‘s who I do it for.
PI: When did you stop playing football and baseball?
TG: I stopped football around my freshman year of high school and played baseball up until middle school. But basketball was where my love was.
PI: Who have been your biggest role models?
TG: I’ve got my sisters who are my biggest fans and get on me for everything just as my dad; from school to basketball too if I’m not working out. I have two older ones, I’m the baby. Everybody else in my family, they show love and give me the support that I need but also get on my tail when I need it.
PI: What’s something that some people have no idea about you?
TG: Some people don’t know but I am a goofy kind of guy. I’m really a goofy guy who likes to chill.
PI: What are you most passionate about off the court?
TG: I like spending time with my friends. I like going out bowling, skating, I like doing whatever, just getting out the house.
PI: If basketball wasn’t an option, what’s a career that you think you’d pursue?
TG: Probably football. When I played football, it was fun. I played wide receiver, DB, and returner. It would have been my second sport I would’ve played.
PI: Who are your top-five artists right now?
TG: No Cap, Lil Bab, Rylo, YoungBoy and Rod Wave.
PI: Favorite shoes on and off the court?
TG: Off the court, Jordans; on the court I like Kobes and Kyries.
PI: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
TG: Hopefully a pro. I feel like the decision I make in the next couple of months will determine that by my progress and the work I put in. I am striving to be a pro in the next five years.