TAMPA — Playing football at Florida State can wait for at least a little while.
N’Namdi Green is a tight end at Berkeley Prep and plays point forward for the basketball team. He’s also one of the keys to the Bucs volleyball team that just won the first boys state championship in the sport ever on the West Coast of Florida.
He wants to play football and basketball at Florida State, but he’s taking a detour along the way.
Green will be going to school in London next year. Florida State will just have to wait a year.
Green has had an interesting athletic experience at Berkeley Prep. He’s played football and basketball, but made a big name for himself in volleyball as well. The Bucs ended up meeting Lyman, the favorite, but, with Green and Kyle Dagostino, the Bucs stunned Lyman in four sets.
It was an emotional win. Prior to the championship match, Coach Dagostino told the players about the “Miracle on Ice,” when the United States stunned the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics. It left a mark.
“We saw that this was becoming a reality,” Green said. “We were excited to make it to the finals and we felt confident. We didn’t expect to be there and when we won, we were in a state of shock. It really took a few days to kick in.”
So what’s next for Green? He just wants to get to London to study for his year. He plans to major in International Relations and minor in Economics. He plans on keeping his dreams of hitting the gridiron or the parquet at Florida State alive by working out every day. When he gets back to the United States and heads for Tallahassee, he expects to go to spring tryouts for the football team.
“I’ll find a gym and some open fields and I’ll do all my training when I’m in London,” Green said. “I am very serious about all of this. I fell in love with football and the coaches kept asking me to play volleyball. I had to balance football, AAU basketball and I found a way to mix in volleyball. The whole thing has been remarkable.”
He’s helped add a banner to the Berkeley Prep gym and now he wants to do some decorating for Doak Campbell Stadium.
“I just want a chance,” Green said. “I’ll work harder than anyone.”