IDEA senior Kierell Green claims to have never been concerned about the lack of recruiting attention coming his way the past two years.

But other coaches from the D.C. Public Charter School Athletic Association, including Timberwolves Coach James Pope, worried for him. They all wondered why no colleges were coming to watch the breakout season the 6-foot-6 wing was enjoying this winter, fearful Green could become the latest promising prospect from this league to go unnoticed.

Last Tuesday, however, brought the good news both Pope and Green had been waiting for. An assistant coach from South Carolina-Upstate was in attendance at IDEA's 61-56 win over rival Cesar Chavez, when Green scored 12 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked four shots. When it ended, he offered Green his first Division I scholarship.

"I'm a late bloomer, so most things happen for me late," Green said. "This is normal for me."

Green has been a constant during an up-and-down season for IDEA (19-13), which appears to be peaking at just the right time. The defending PCSAA champions have won seven of their past eight games, and the lone loss came in a controversial overtime defeat to Friendship Collegiate earlier this month.

Green, who transferred to IDEA from Carroll along with guards Daryl Bones and Justin Milstead before last season, said his transformation is mostly due to an increase in confidence now that he's in his second year at the Northeast charter school. He has shown off the versatility to play inside and on the wing while compiling five double-doubles over the past month.

It also helps that the Timberwolves finally re-discovered the cohesion they had a year ago after adding big man Stefon Fisher and leading scorer Tunde Scrivner via transfer this offseason from Montrose Christian and Friendship Collegiate, respectively. Over the weekend, IDEA scored a 68-63 win over Legacy Charter School (S.C.) to finish out the regular season and Milstead registered his 1,000th career point.

"There were some chemistry problems, but it's starting to click now," Green said. 

Green has been in a groove for more than a month now. Though he will need to add more muscle to his 180-pound frame in future years, Green's long wingspan and ability to shoot and dribble could turn him into the latest Washington area recruit with a college career that surpasses what he did in high school.

Most seniors agree to a scholarship during college basketball's early signing period in November, but Green said he will wait until the playoffs are over to mull the opportunity at USC-Upstate. He plans to visit the Atlantic Sun school in March, and remains hopeful another last-minute offer might come his way during IDEA's postseason run.

"All the recognition that I got, I've seen the hard work finally paid off," Green said. "It was a good moment. I was just happy to get that first one off."


Number of schools Chopticon senior Alexus Willey has attended the past three years. She played her first two seasons at Westlake, transferred to Riverdale Baptist last year and has the 14th-ranked Braves girls' basketball team rolling this winter.



WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Hopefully, some high school sports… soon.

Many of the Washington area's school districts have already postponed athletics events for Tuesday, including the Maryland 4A/3A state indoor track and field championships. Some jurisdictions, however, were on a two-hour delay today and could presumably play some games tonight. Stay tuned to @allmetsports for the latest.