Cameron Green hasn't developed into the high-scoring basketball star he dreamed of becoming.

Cameron Green hasn't developed into the high-scoring basketball star he dreamed of becoming.

Through 12 games, the Worthington Kilbourne High School senior was averaging 3.6 points and had made less than 40 percent of his field-goal attempts.

But considering that injuries wiped out his freshman season and nearly half of his junior year and limited his offseason training, Green is grateful that he's healthy and able to contribute to the team this season.

With the 6-foot-1 guard in the lineup, the Wolves won five of their first 12 contests, a marked improvement from last season when they finished 3-18.

"I haven't played as well as I was hoping, but the highlight for me is getting to experience my senior season feeling 100 percent healthy, after everything I've been through to make it here," Green said. "A lot of people gave up on me when I kept getting hurt, but I'm proud to say that I never gave up on myself. A lot of people wondered why I kept working so hard to make it back with the bad luck I've had.

"But when we beat Thomas (49-31 on Jan. 15) in front of a huge crowd at our place, the way I felt being a part of this team on that night is exactly why I put in so much time and work to make it back."

Green's injury woes began with a torn meniscus in his right knee during his eighth-grade track season, which wiped out his AAU basketball season in the summer of 2006.

During his freshman football season, Green chipped his right kneecap, which led to a surgery that led him to miss his entire freshman basketball season.

"My knee injury was the most frustrating one, because our freshman team won a tournament championship at Upper Arlington that year, and I had to just sit there watching, with a knee brace on, instead of enjoying it with my teammates," he said.

In the summer of 2007, Green dislocated his right shoulder while blocking a shot, forcing him to miss more than a month of summer basketball while he underwent physical therapy.

Although Green was able to return for his sophomore season, it took some time for him to regain his skill and confidence, and he was a role player on junior varsity.

Yet, Green kept working hard throughout the following offseason and earned a starting spot on varsity as a junior. However, injuries continued to plague him.

During his first scrimmage, Green's right shoulder again was dislocated when his shot got blocked while attempting a reverse layup. After four weeks of rehabilitation, he returned to play in the first game, during which he dislocated his left shoulder while diving on the floor for a loose ball.

That injury caused Green to miss four games, although he eventually worked his way back into the starting lineup and averaged 6.6 points over the next 12 games.

However, Green suffered yet another dislocated right shoulder during a game at Dublin Coffman last February, after being fouled while driving to the basket. When Green was unable to pop his shoulder back into place, he was taken to a hospital.

"I heard my shoulder pop and it was the nastiest sound I've ever heard," Green said. "I could feel my shoulder pushed up against my neck and the pain was unbelievable. I remember (Coffman graduate and NBA player) Chris Quinn (was in attendance and) helped me get put on the stretcher. He's the only famous person I've ever seen, but I couldn't enjoy it because the pain was so bad."

Green missed Kilbourne's last four games and had surgery last March to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Once medically cleared in July, he immediately started playing again in hopes of playing this season.

"Cameron's respected by all of us, because he's gone through a lot and he's stayed pretty positive and kept working hard," junior post player Jack Burian said. "That makes the rest of us want to work hard like he has."

Although Green hasn't been as productive offensively as hoped, coach Tom Souder said he's contributed in other ways.

"As a coach, you really appreciate a kid like Cameron, because he does everything you ask of him and gives everything he's got in practice," Souder said. "He's a slasher and he can knock down outside shots, too. He hasn't scored the way he's capable of, but he doesn't have to score to make us a better team. He's one of our better defenders. He uses his quickness and agility to guard the other team's best perimeter player. He's a great kid and he inspires everyone to do their best.

"You can't help but root for a kid like Cameron, because he's everything that's good about high school athletics."