Sophomore Gabbie Green signed her intent to continue her basketball career at the University of Pittsburgh on April 17 during a signing ceremony held in the T-Club at Texan Dome.
“I know that what made you successful here, Coach White at Pittsburgh is going to love,” Cayla Petree, head women’s basketball coach at South Plains College, said to Green at the signing. “The same great things I see in you is what’s going to make you, and his team, very successful.”
The 5-foot-7 guard from Bellville, Texas, left her mark on the SPC women’s basketball team that will not soon be forgotten. Green accumulated many honors during her sophomore season, including being named the NJCAA Region V Player of the Year, the Western Junior College Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player, and WBCA First Team All-American, as well as the first Lady Texan in 10 years to receive the honor of NJCAA All-American.
“Everything I’m doing now is for my mom,” Green said. “I want her to see me do what she knows I can do. I think working hard in the summer has gotten me to where I am now.”
Green helped lead the Lady Texans to a share of the WJCAC title, as well as an appearance in the NJCAA Region V tournament and an Elite-Eight showing at the NJCAA National Championship tournament, where they were bested by Gulf Coast State College 68-66 in the quarterfinal round.
She also helped the team achieve a No. 1 national ranking for the first time in program history during the 2018-2019 season.
“I’m proud of the way we came from the bottom and made it to the top,” Green added. “It couldn’t have been done without my teammates.”
Green reminisced about some of her favorite memories at SPC.
“My best memory from SPC was our last game,” said Green. “That was the best I think everyone has ever played, and it was great competition.”
Green was a dominant force on both ends of the court, shooting 43 percent from the field in her two years at SPC. She shot 30 percent from behind the three-point line, and averaged 14.4 points per game in her sophomore season.
Green said she chose the University of Pittsburgh because it was the best choice for her to achieve the goals she wanted to achieve in her basketball career.
“Since high school, I always knew I wanted to go to the highest level,” Green continued. “Pitt is that level. I love everything about Pittsburgh, the city is big, and I will have great coaches and teammates.”
Some other universities that recruited Green were Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Colorado, Boise State, Illinois State, and a few NCAA Division II schools in Florida.
Green said her final two choices came down to Illinois State and the University of Pittsburgh.
Green said,“I look forward to building up the program at Pitt.”
She says that Coach Petree has toughened her up and taught her to not be comfortable.
“I learned who I am as a person first,” Green said about what she learned from Coach Petree during her time at SPC. “She taught us to always work to get better, and to never be complacent.”
At the end of the news conference, Green looked to the freshmen on the team and gave them some words of wisdom.
“Don’t be complacent,” Green told her younger teammates. “As y’all can see, this year we worked so hard, and you saw how far we got. Be leaders next year.”