Kenny Green, the Washington Bullets' first-round draft choice whose selection has been obscured somewhat by the attention given to second-round pick Manute Bol, the 7-foot-6 center from Sudan, was at Capital Centre yesterday to state his business with the Bullets: scoring.
Green, who left Wake Forest after his junior season to turn pro, will be the Bullets' designated one-on-one man.
"When it's one on one, it doesn't matter," he said. "As long as nobody's helping out (defensively), I'm going to score."
Bullets General Manager Bob Ferry said that one-on-one ability is the reason Green is in Washington.
"The reason we drafted him is because he's got an unusual ability to score without help," Ferry said.
Green, who is 6 feet 7, added that he thinks he can contribute in other ways.
"I was once told by a coach in college that everybody can shoot the ball," he said. "It's the easiest part of the game. And hopefully I can do other things, like rebounding."
Hard as it is to imagine, both Bol and Green played center in college. As a pro, though, Green will become a small forward.
"That's what I wanted to do," said Green, who, despite his small size for a center, was second in rebounding (8.3) in the Atlantic Coast Conference, where he played against several 7-footers. He averaged 17 points, the sixth best average in the conference.
"When I post up against taller guys, I decide what I'm going to do ahead of time," he said. "Then I just use my quickness to beat them."
He also uses his 39- to 40-inch arms to outreach taller opponents.
"On any team, when you're the tallest man playing the center position, you have to work hard," he said.
Green twice made all-ACC tournament second team and was ACC player of the week once in January.
Green, the 12th pick overall in the draft, will be providing a needed commodity if he can score on cue for the Bullets, who ranked 21st of 23 teams -- only New York and Seattle had lower averages -- in point production last season with a 105.5 average.
He put himself in position to be drafted early with a strong showing in a Chicago pre-draft camp.
"Before Chicago, I thought I would go late in the first round or early in the second," he said. "I went there with a mind to improve. It was an opportunity just to get out and play basketball."
Green, who is not yet 21, said deciding to leave college early was not difficult.
"I didn't have any doubts about coming out," he said. "I've known since December 1984 that's what I'd do. I wanted to be in the NBA."
He has not signed a contract.
He will make a public appearance and be available for autographs at noon today at the Bullets' Ticket Centre, 904 17th St. NW.