From Unheralded Freshman To Remarkable Career – The Josh Greene Story
By Crystal Faith Lambert, Media Relations Intern
Northridge, Calif. – Josh Greene enrolled at Cal State Northridge as an unheralded freshman in 2010.
Four years later, everybody knows Greene and his remarkable career on the Matador basketball team.
Greene has worn uniform #1 this year after spending his first three years wearing #0. As the team enters this week's Big West Tournament against Hawai'i on Thursday night at Honda Center, Greene holds seven school records and has scored 1,489 career points, third-best in the CSUN record book.
"It feels good to know I have left my name here in the history books," said Greene. "Hopefully I'm remembered for a long time. It's just a credit to my teammates and my coaches for believing in me and the hard work and dedication."
Greene will graduate this spring with an impressive load of bragging rights. With the school record for career three-point goals (220), and attempted three-pointers (574), Greene is an extraordinary force behind the arc.
"The records are special to me," said Greene. "I've worked on and off the court, working during my free time, and just being able to be known as one of the top shooters in the conference and the country."
He has made at least one three-point basket in 27 of the 32 games this season, giving him an average of 2.2 three pointers per game. Currently, Greene is ranked fifth-best for three-pointers in the Big West Conference. During the 2013-14 season, Greene has made 70 three-pointers, the third best shooter for a single season at CSUN. "I think people know now that I can shoot and I think that will help me in the next level," said Greene.
Greene has also made an impact at the free throw line. The senior guard sits atop the Big West Conference and is sixth-best in the nation with a percentage of .920. Greene is well ahead of the current school record set by Chuck Malouf 50 years ago with a mark of .869. Greene's career free throw percentage is .871 compared to Malouf's current school mark of .867.
Greene's 391 career free throws are third-best in school history.
"It's not easy making free throw after free throw," said Greene. "It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and practice."
Earlier this year, Greene had a streak of 29 straight free throws, four short of his school record set last year.
Greene is the 16th player in school history to score 1,000 points of more. In four seasons he has attempted 1,133 shots, third-best in school history.
He has played in 122 games (school record) and a starter in 78 games. He is one of 19 players in school history to play in 100 games or more.
Greene has played a career total of 3,475 minutes, 1,138 of them this year, giving him the school record for minutes played in a single season. He has averaged 35.6 minutes per game this year. Greene played 49 minutes in the double overtime game at UC Riverside (3/3/14), 43 minutes at UC Davis (2/6/14), and three 41 minute overtime games. He also played the entire 40 minutes at Cal Poly (1/16/14).
With this remarkable list of achievements, Greene is ready for the next step. "My goal is to play professionally," said Greene. "It doesn't matter what team, as long as they see something special in me."
He also plans on coaching after his basketball career has ended.
While Greene has earned a number of records on the court, his academic studies haven't been ignored.
"Balancing (academics and athletics) is really a challenge," said Greene. "… going to class and making sure you're on top of your work every day, because of the fact you're on the road so much. We've played a lot of road games this year. We even got stranded in South Dakota."
While keeping up with classes is tricky, the coaches are very supportive. "Especially Coach Lior [Schwartzberg]," said Greene. "He does a good job staying on top of us and motivating us to go above and beyond."
Greene has three pieces of advice for incoming CSUN athletes: "Work hard, work smart, and work consistently," he said. "If you do those three things and just be coachable, and just keep believing in yourself, you'll be fine."