April 3, 2008
Butler senior Mike Green has been named recipient of two prestigious awards, which will be presented at the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio this weekend. The talented Butler player will receive both the Chip Hilton Award and the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame "Family Brunch" on Monday, April 7.
Green was tabbed to receive the Chip Hilton Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The award honors a Division I graduating senior men's player for demonstrating outstanding character, leadership, and talent similar to the qualities evident in the 24-book Chip Hilton Sports Series. The books authored by Clair Bee enjoyed their first popularity in the late 1940s through the mid-1960s and were updated and re-released by Randy and Cindy Farley to a new generation of readers in 1999 and have sold over a million copies.
Green is the second Butler player to be honored with the Chip Hilton Award. Current Butler assistant coach Brandon Miller won the award as a player in 2003.
The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award is presented annually by the Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's outstanding senior male collegian 6'0" and under who has excelled both athletically and academically.
Green, who transferred to Butler from Towson in 2004, has helped lead the Bulldogs to the most successful back-to-back seasons in school history. In Green's two years as Butler's starting point-guard, the Bulldogs posted a 59-11 record, won two Horizon League Regular Season Championships and one League Tournament title, captured regular season tournament championships at the 2006 NIT Season Tip-Off and the 2007 Great Alaska Shootout, and made two NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2007. Butler was ranked in the "Top 25" for 35 weeks!
This past season, Green was one of just eight NCAA Division I players who led his team in scoring, rebounding and assists. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists. As a junior, he topped the Bulldogs in rebounding (6.0) and assists (4.0), while finishing second in scoring (13.9). He's the only player in Butler basketball history to record 400 points, 200 rebounds and 100 assists in the same season, and he did it twice! Green, who set a Butler single season assist record (172) this year, started 70 consecutive games for the Bulldogs, every game of his Butler career.
Green was named the Player of the Year in the Horizon League in 2007-08, and he was selected as the Horizon League Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. He also was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Great Alaska Shootout. He was named first team All-Horizon League, was picked to the Horizon League All-Defensive Team and was named first team Mid-Major All-America by both CollegeHoopsNet.net and CollegeInsider.com.
The Butler guard also has been a solid performer in the classroom, where he carries a 2.92 grade point average as a sociology/criminology major. He was named to the Butler Athletic Director's Honor Roll and was selected as a Josten's Scholar Student=Athlete. He's been active in several community service projects for the Butler basketball team, including leading a reading program at local elementary and middle schools in Indianapolis.
Green is in San Antonio this weekend to participate in the NABC College All-Star Game at the Alamodome.