Back in 1990s in North Babylon, N.Y., perhaps the two greatest high school players the town ever spawned lived right around the corner from each other –Danny Green and Bria Hartley.
Green was five years older than Hartley and ended up playing the majority of his high school career at St. Mary’s High after playing at North Babylon as a freshman. He ended up as a McDonald’s All-American who played at North Carolina. He was close friends with Hartley’s brother, Eugene.
Hartley played her entire high school career at North Babylon and became a WBCA All-American before choosing UConn, where she was a All-American as a sophomore and part of a national championship team last season. This was after she played a youth league run by Green’s father who later was an assistant coach at North Babylon.
And that is why Hartley has a special interest in the NBA Finals this season. Her good friend and neighbor, Danny Green, is one of the big reasons the San Antonio Spurs are even the defending champion Miami Heat heading to Game 5.