TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Nate Green, an All-Missouri Valley Conference selection who played on the men’s basketball team at Indiana State from 1996 to 2000, will be inducted into the 21st class of the Indiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday.
“I am extremely humbled and proud,” Green said of his upcoming induction into the Hall of Fame. “Those are the two strongest emotions that come to mind. I am really excited to be going in with three basketball players, two of them teammates and close friends.”
He will be joined by men’s basketball greats Michael Menser and Matt Renn along with women’s basketball All-American Melanie Boeglin when the class is inducted during ceremonies at the Sycamore Banquet Center in the Hulman Memorial Student Union. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with the dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program beginning at 7:15 p.m.
Nate Green played for Indiana State from 1996 to 2000 and was the first player to earn Most Valuable Player recognition from the Missouri Valley Conference as a first team member of the All-Conference team while also being the Most Valuable Player as a first team member of the All-Defensive team.
“In looking back, the first thing that comes to my mind is the process when Coach (Royce) Waltman came in and turned things around,” Green said. “There was a lot of work to turn the program around and it gave me a great sense of accomplishment in that we did just that.”
He led the 1999-2000 Sycamore team to their first outright Missouri Valley Conference regular season title and the school’s first NCAA tournament bid in 21 years where ISU lost to Texas 77-61 in the West Region at Salt Lake City, Utah, the same site of the last Sycamore NCAA appearance in 1979.
“I think I was more emotional in winning at Evansville that gave us at least a share of the regular season title,” Green said, “than at any other time during my senior season.”
“There were certainly a number of exciting and big wins during my time at Indiana State,” Green said. “Going to Bloomington and beating Indiana was certainly a highlight. But we went in there knowing that we were the better team and just beat them. I don’t think I ever saw Coach ever more proud of us than that night.”
Green was also an honorable mention All-MVC selection in 1998 and a second team pick in 1999 while being named to the Men’s Basketball All-Academic team three straight years.
He holds or shares several Indiana State records including career steals (240), steals in a season (92 in 1999-2000), and average steals per game in a season (2.9 in 1999-2000). He also tied the single game school record with eight steals against Eastern Illinois on Dec. 19, 1999. Green is also fourth in career blocks (109) and fourth in career assists (496).
Green played professionally for nine years beginning with a year playing for the Canberra (2000-2001) in the National Basketball League-Australia where he was named team captain in his first year of professional experience. He then played for the North Charleston Lowgaters (2001-2002) and Columbus Riverdragons (2002-2003) in the NBA Development League and made it to the NBDL Finals in 2002.
Green went overseas to play in the Italian National Basketball League where he was a four-time team captain nomination as selected by his peers. He was twice named the defensive MVP and winner of two prestigious titles, the European Super Cup and the Italian Cup.
The former Sycamore is currently an Account Executive at Old National Bank and is working on his Masters of Business Administration at Indiana State.