Taurean Green brings experience, perspective to Florida basketball

Taurean Green brings experience, perspective to Florida basketball

Much has changed in the 15 years since Taurean Green was last a part of the Florida men’s basketball program.

There’s the landscape of Gainesville, which has undergone many changes since 2007, including the development of Celebration Pointe and the expansion of Butler Plaza.

“Gainesville was a little town, and now it’s a city. When I got here and got off Archer (Road), it was like there’s the Cheesecake Factory and there is PF Chang’s. Am I in the right place?” Green, a Boca Raton native, recalled. “I saw Celebration Pointe and I said ‘wow.’ It’s great for the city, great for the university, and for recruiting.”

Then there’s the game itself, where Green, UF’s newly hired director of player development, has witnessed much change throughout his 14-year professional career and into the 2021-22 season with the Chicago Bulls.

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