Getting buckets has never been a problem for Jervay Green.
This is a man who put up 64 points in a high school game, breaking the school record of some guy named Chauncey Billups. He averaged 20 points per game as a senior, and 15 last season as a freshman at Western Nebraska Community College.
But even Green didn't see this coming.
The Nebraska signee poured in 51 Saturday against Iowa Lakes Community College, breaking the WNCC record of 49 first set in 1965 and tied in 1990. He is the first Cougar to score 50 in a game. He's already had games of 44, 31 and 30 this season. He's been held to single digits just once.
"I'm not even gonna lie. I thought it was going to be like my freshman year — 15 points here and there. I didn't think it was going to be like this," Green said Tuesday. "My teammates, they tell me to go out there and play my game. Don't worry about the rest.
"And I try not to embarrass coach Tim Miles, you know? Try to make Nebraska look good."
The Huskers have looked pretty smart since getting a commitment and a National Letter of Intent from Green in November. NU assistant Jim Molinari was the lead recruiter on Green, and head coach Tim Miles made a visit to Scottsbluff earlier this year to check in.
"Jervay Green is a monster. He's got enormous talent, he's a strong guard that can play either guard position. He can make threes. He can finish strong at the rim, he creates well for others, and he's a defensive menace," Miles said in a video recently released on Twitter. "He's a guy I'm thrilled to have in our program because he'll make such a large impact from the get-go."
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Denver native picked Nebraska over the likes of TCU, Ole Miss and others. Gonzaga and a host of other high-major schools had begun to check in on him.
Signing with Nebraska, and having the decision off his chest, has allowed Green to play with a mental clarity that was missing early in the fall.
"It was definitely a big weight off my shoulders. It was like every day, new coaches coming in — we'd have to do different things in practice that we weren't used to," Green said. "So after I committed I was just so relieved."
Green’s 51-point game included 10 three-pointers while going 18-of-26 from the field. Halfway through his sophomore season at WNCC, Green is all over the national leaderboards in multiple categories.
He's eighth in the nation in scoring at 24.6 points per game. He leads the country in field goals made while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from three-point range.
Green is in the top 20 nationally in total assists and in the top 50 in steals. He leads WNCC in scoring, assists, minutes played and steals per game, and is second on the team in rebounding.
And he's on the court more than any juco player in the nation. He leads the country in minutes played and is third in minutes per game (36.1).
He also wins. WNCC won its first regional title in 17 years in Green's freshman season, one year after he led his high school team to a 25-3 record and a Colorado Class 5A runner-up finish.
"That's what we got him for. We knew that he was going to be a player that could carry more than his fair share of the weight," WNCC coach Cory Fehringer said. "We knew he was an exceptional talent, and that he really didn't like to lose.
"So night in and night out, you can count on Jervay to fill stat sheets where they need to be filled, whether it's assists, points or rebounds."
Green's inherent skill isn't a question. Fehringer said he's rarely surprised by what Green does on a basketball court. It's a matter of refining the things that will carry his stardom to the next level.
"I think he's just seeking always to find new ways to operate in the game. We talk about being a technician — seeing passes before they happen, anticipating things on the defensive end to keep yourself out of foul trouble," Fehringer said.
"Just growing up and playing the game like a man. Basketball's not as complicated as we make it sometimes. We just want him to play like the man that he is."
And once he's done filling it up in Scottsbluff, he'll be ready to take his show east to Pinnacle Bank Arena.
"I'm super-excited," Green said. "I watch the games now, and I just can't wait to be a part of that."