May 21, 2017

Alex is playing for the Southern Tigers

Alex Green (2015) has, for the time being, set aside her plan to pursue a career in athletic administration. She's playing basketball instead.

Last summer she played for the Dallas Lady Diesel, a non-profit sports club that is a member of the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League, a professional development league for women basketball players.

This summer Alex has gone pro and is playing basketball in Australia with the Southern Tigers, which is located a few kilometers south of Adelaide (map).

The Southern Tigers are a member of the Premier League, which is one of seven Australian State Basketball regional leagues. They play from April to the end of July.

The Tigers are 5-1 for the season. Alex has played in all six games and has averaged 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.7 steals per game.

Matt Turner (Southern Times) interviewed Alex soon after she arrived in Australia and wrote this story:

Green now in yellow chasing the silverware

Alex Green has put injuries behind her and is determined to make the most of her debut overseas basketball stint by helping Southern Tigers win a Premier League title.

The Dallas-raised point guard joined the Tigers as an import last month after graduating from an injury-riddled five years at Stanford University.

Green tore her left achilles tendon in her first season at the Californian college, side-lining her for 15 months, and then missed nine months with a torn anterior cruciate ligament during her final campaign last year. She tore her other ACL during her last year of high school.

With the injuries and frustration now over, Green is intent on leading Southern, a preliminary finalist last season, to its first women's championship in 21 years.

"It was definitely challenging but everything I've gone through has made me a stronger person," Green says.

"The knee's going great, I haven't had any issues and I feel stronger than I was before my injuries.

"Speed, quickness and running into position are strengths. I just want to be a great teammate, just do whatever the team needs me to do ... and win games. We want to win it all and get better each game."

Green started playing club basketball in primary school, combining it with soccer until she was 11.

"Soccer was my main sport growing up but I reached a certain age where I had to choose ... and I ended up choosing basketball. I thought it was more fun."

Green knew nothing about the Premier League and had never heard of Adelaide before joining the Tigers.

"It was an opportunity to play basketball at the next level and to travel and meet new people."

"It's been awesome. Everyone's been so welcoming and nice."

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