Once Green got into basketball he heard the stories about his dad, Jevon, who averaged 31.6 points during his senior season and scored 43 points against No. 1 Garfield in the 1994 state tournament.

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Dominic Green hears the stories about his dad, Jevon, and shakes his head while smiling.

“People I talk to say he was one of the best players in the state,” said Green, a freshman guard on the Washington men’s basketball team. “They say he was super athletic and dunking on people. He was just that dude.”

Most high-school feats tend to be exaggerated after a passage of time, but hyperbole doesn’t begin to explain what Jevon did 22 years ago.

You had to be there that winter night in 1994 when Jevon heated up the Tacoma Dome. The 6-foot-3 scoring sensation led Nathan Hale, a north Seattle school with little basketball tradition, to the Class AA (now 3A) state quarterfinals against No. 1 Garfield, the city’s most storied program.

The teams had clashed twice during the regular season, with each taking a game as Jevon starred in both contests. In the rubber match, he scored 43 points in carrying Nathan Hale to a 75-74 victory.

“That’s the game I remember more than any other, because it was Garfield and we had this rivalry with them,” Jevon said. “Beating them at state made it special. Scoring 40 felt like a normal game.”

That’s not an overstatement. Jevon averaged 31.6 points during the regular season and scored 40 or more seven times. He tallied 45 in his season opener against Aberdeen and 46 in his final high-school game.

The ability to score is a tradition in the Green family. Jevon holds the 3A tournament record with nine three-pointers in a game. Dominic, the second-oldest of Jevon’s four children, became the all-time scoring leader at Hazen High.

But Dominic wasn’t born with a basketball in his hands. Early on, he played football and soccer and rode skateboards.

“He didn’t really start playing basketball until the seventh grade,” Jevon said. “I didn’t want him to feel like he had to be me. I let him do his thing.”

Once Dominic got into basketball he heard the stories about his dad, who also became his coach and trainer.

“He taught me how to shoot and the importance of shooting,” Dominic said. “I learned about consistency. He taught me to go hard and work hard. Try to get as many reps as you can to where you feel that every time you shoot it feels like it’s going in. Get to where you think your jumper is perfect.”

The most important lesson Jevon shared with Dominic is a painful story about his troubles at Idaho that led to the end of a promising basketball career.

On Dec. 22, 1994, Jevon was arrested on charges of forging a signature on a stolen credit card. A week later, he was arrested for probation violations connected to drug possession in King County.

After averaging 4.5 points in six games, Jevon was suspended and never played again at Idaho. After being sentenced to five years of probation, he returned to Seattle and married Raynette Rawls before finishing his basketball career at Division II West Virginia State.

“That’s one thing I talk to Dominic and all the kids about, which is make sure you take care of business and stay out of trouble,” said Jevon, now 39 and a payroll specialist at a Seattle-area shipping company. He also is an assistant for the Northwest Panthers, an AAU team in Tacoma

“When you get to college there’s a lot pulling at you, so make sure you have the right type of friends and stay close to them. Success can come and it can go real quick.”

Jevon spoke frequently with Dominic as he struggled to find a spot in the rotation with the Huskies (14-7, 6-3 Pac-12), who face Arizona State (12-10, 2-7) at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Alaska Airlines Arena.

It’s no coincidence Dominic’s breakout game was against the Sun Devils, the team he signed with in November 2014. Last summer, he was given his release after the school fired coach Herb Sendek.

Dominic joined Washington’s touted eight-man 2015 recruiting class. Though four other freshmen have started every game, he’s averaging 6.5 minutes and 1.4 points during 13 of 16 contests.

“I told him, ‘If you’re going to fail, fail being you,’ ” Jevon said. “He just changed his mind-set. We talk a lot about embracing college. Have fun on the court and be ready to go when they call you.”

In the past five games, Dominic, 6-6, has averaged 16.4 minutes and 5.2 points, including a career-high 10 points last week at UCLA.

The difference?

“I had to re-learn when and when not to take a shot,” he said. “When I was in high school I would try to win the game by myself, and I would take so many shots.

“At this level, shots are limited, and it’s more about winning. I don’t have to do everything by myself. … And I really focused on playing good defense.”


• UW freshman forward Noah Dickerson (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday’s game. Dickerson averages 8.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 23.4 minutes.

• The Huskies lead Division I teams with 36 disqualifications, according to basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy. Bradley is second with 23, followed by Eastern Michigan (21).

• UW has distributed 5,857 tickets to Wednesday’s game against ASU. The Huskies are anticipating their first sellout of the season for their 1:30 p.m. Saturday contest against Arizona, because 8,122 tickets of 10,000 have been distributed.