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Nome senior Greene named to statewide All-Star basketball squad

Nome-Beltz's Jade Greene edges around a Whaler defender on a play Wednesday at the state basketball tournament.
Nome-Beltz's Jade Greene edges around a Whaler defender on a play Wednesday at the state basketball tournament. Photo by James Mason (2023)

Nome-Beltz senior Jade Greene has been selected to play in the 2023 Alaska Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star game.

The game will take place at Grace Christian High School in Anchorage on April 15. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

The selection of Greene was an honor for both his player and the school, Nanook head coach Patrick Callahan said.

“It’s a nice kind of way to cap off a great season and career for a senior basketball player,” Callahan said. “That game was big in the 80s and early 90s, and then it went away, and now it’s back. It’s always exciting when we get a guy selected for it.”

He averaged 18.4 points-per-game this season and shot 41% from 3-point range. Greene concludes his Nome-Beltz career as the No. 10 all-time scorer with 960 points — despite only playing 10 games as a sophomore during the Covid-shortened 2020-21 season.

Greene ranks No. 3 all time at Nome-Beltz in 3-pointers with 198. If it weren’t for COVID-19, Greene would have likely recorded even bigger numbers, Callahan said.

“Jade was hurt by the COVID season, where he only got to play 10 games in his sophomore year,” Callahan said. “He’s been a great shooter and a great scorer for us, so, I just got thinking; I’d looked at all my old data, and if he had gotten a full season in like he should have, he’d be our all-time leading three-point shooter, and he would have climbed up to probably number five on our career scoring chart. He got a little bit held back by that sophomore season.”

Greene led the Nanooks to a 24-3 record, a Western Conference Region I Championship, and runner-up in the Class 3A state tournament. In 2022, as a junior, Greene helped lead the Nanooks to the 3A state championship.

He has also maintained a 3.5 GPA over the last four years.

Image at top: Nome-Beltz’s Jade Greene edges around a Barrow Whaler defender on a play Wednesday at the state basketball tournament. Photo by James Mason (2023).

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