RADFORD (WFXR) — Nine years and ten days ago, Radford lost to Eastern Kentucky in the only meeting between the two teams on the hardwood.
So it was only fitting that in the second-ever match-up between the two schools, a Highlanders legend who dropped 28 points in that first encounter came back for a special moment of his own.
Javonte Green, who is now playing in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls, returned to Radford to see his jersey number “2” retired, becoming just the third player, male or female, in school history to earn the honor.
“To get your jersey retired on any level is crazy,” Green said. “Even high school so to have it done here is an honor and it’s a blessing.”
Green played from 2011-15 for former head coach Mike Jones, who now leads the men’s basketball program at UNC-Greensboro. The Petersburg, Va-native earned the Big South Defensive Player of the Year award in his senior season before playing professionally in Europe.
In 2019, he signed a deal with the Celtics and was traded to the Bulls last season.
Green has become a fan favorite in Chicago, starting in ten games and averaging 5.5 points in 21 appearances for the Bulls.
But Green hasn’t forgotten his roots in Radford.
“It feels great to be back. To be back at my alma mater. Seeing familiar faces that went to Radford with me,” Green said. “My family, ex teammates, it’s a great feeling to be back. It means a lot.”