Remember Briana Green as one of most decorated players in Southern history.
Remember her as a three-time regular-season champion, a four-year superstar starter and a winner with tunnel-vision focus to all 112 career games, hundreds of practices and countless memorable moments as a Jaguar.
Remember her as the tireless worker who fostered a thriving “love-hate” relationship with stoic, legendary 19th-year coach Sandy Pugh to become one of the most successful coach-player duos in conference history.
Remember her 1,490 career points, her double-figure scoring average in three of four seasons, her 50.6 career shooting percentage, her 646 rebounds and more than 3,000 minutes in Southern’s columbia blue and gold.
“It’s been a blessing having Briana here,” Pugh said. “If there’s any one kid you can count on game to game to show up, it’s going to be her. She’s going to show up.”
If anything, remember Green for what she’s earned — the right to be known as one of Southern’s best.
“I want to be remembered for being that go-to person when it comes to anything on or off the court,” Green said Sunday as Southern prepares for its SWAC tournament opener at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
“I achieved so much; I scored a lot of points,” she said. “I think that’s a good thing. But at the same time, I just want to be remembered as that person that was always humble at the same time.”
In some ways Green's excellence was apparent from the beginning.
“Briana always had star quality,” Pugh said. “We saw it when we were recruiting. We saw it when we watched her workout. We were like, ‘Wow, that kid’s going to be special.’ ”
Green, the 2018 SWAC defensive player of the year and a three-time state champion at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has superior athleticism and versatility that transformed Southern’s reinvented offense.
Take a look of Southern’s half-court offense these days.
A few seconds into a given possession, Southern typically sends a bounce pass to Green at the elbow. One of the SWAC’s most prolific bucket-getters, Green is able to take defenders for a ride to the rim from either corner of the free-throw line.
“She’s probably the most efficient kid I’ve had play from at the elbow,” said Pugh, who reinstalled the elbow-centric offense in recent years because of Green, who's also the Jaguars' most vocal, influential leader who rarely took a day off.
“Since she’s been here, I can’t remember I’ve ever had to get on her about her practice habits,” Pugh said. “In four years, I’ve probably only gotten on that kid about three times. That’s a lot of practices. She comes with it. She’s going to come out there; she’s going to compete. She does not like to lose.”
Green’s ability to defend any position on the floor and do-it-all style has positioned her to not only play professionally, but to potentially excel.
However, Green is a 5-foot-11 collegiate forward who's the size of a professional guard, so her game will need polishing to shine professionally.
“Ball handling and my shooting,” said Green, who's averaging 16.6 points per game this season. “Moreso ball handling because I’m a small person. I’m like an average guard. So I think my ball handling needs to be improved, and shooting. Need to get my confidence up when it comes to shooting.”
Green entered Southern’s program, well, without a jump shot. Since, she’s retooled her own game to hit a mid-range jumper that can bust opposing defenses if they respect her ability to drive too much.
“Last year, teams would kind of back off of her a little bit and dare her to shoot it,” Pugh said. “This year, you can’t back off of her. And if you push up on her, you can’t stay in front of her. Now she’s added passing to what she does."
Southern has earned at least a share of the SWAC regular-season championship in three of Green's four seasons, including an outright title this year, the program's first since 2013.
The Jaguars have an unknown number of games left in Green’s final season. First up is Tuesday's game against Pine Bluff as Green begins a run at what would be her first SWAC tournament title.
It's the culmination of a season-long journey with Green in the captain’s chair, mentoring Southern’s seven freshmen while never losing her killer, winner's instinct.
Green’s legacy will embody everything she is as a player — all the accolades, wins, successes.
For that, Southern will forever remember her.
“Whatever she decides (to do) ... Briana will be successful,” Pugh said. “She’ll find success no matter what.”