Saturday, January 3, 2009

Coach's son rocks

There’s more than just basketball talent on James Green’s family tree.

The Jacksonville State basketball coach’s 17-year-old son, Bryan, is a promising musician and Saturday night he put his singing talents on display for the Pete Mathews Coliseum crowd, performing the national anthem before the JSU-Eastern Illinois women’s game.

He's done the anthem many times before, but this was his JSU debut.

“I wasn’t (nervous). I’m used to it,” Bryan said. “I’m a little bit older now. I do a lot of plays and stuff at school. I’m used to the crowd.”

Bryan, a junior in high school back in New Albany, Miss., sang the anthem “a lot of times” when his father coached at Southern Miss. As an 11-year-old, he sang in front of 35,000 at a USM football game — with his father by his side. (Dad was listening in the wings Saturday night).

He sang once when his dad coached at Mississippi Valley.

There will be a lot of singing in this young man’s immediate future. He plays the role of Luminaire, the enchanted candlestick, in his school’s upcoming production of “Beauty and the Beast” — he was the scarecrow in its production of “The Wiz” — and he plans to put a gospel group together in the coming year.

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