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Jul 8, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard A.J. Green (20) celebrates after scoring against the Brooklyn Nets during an NBA Summer League game at Cox. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

LAS VEGAS — Every year during the NBA draft a player is always tabbed as a steal at a certain slotted pick. But wouldn’t an undrafted player who can potentially make an immediate impact be the ultimate steal?

Take Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet for instance. Last season he became the first undrafted NBA All-Star in nearly 20 years. He was also third in the league with 242 made 3-pointers.

VanVleet was born, raised and played four years of college (Wichita State) all in the Midwest. Hmmm, if only the Milwaukee Bucks could have found a Midwestern undrafted sharpshooter just lying around this year? Oh wait, that’s right, they did -- A.J. Green.

The Bucks recently signed the 22-year-old rookie guard out of Northern Iowa to a two-way contract. In four years as a Panther, Green averaged 17.9 points per game and shot 37.8% from deep while attempting an impressive volume of 7.1 3-pointers a contest.

“I knew and watched a little bit of his shooting through video and film and he’s a terrific shooter,” Bucks NBA Summer League head coach Vin Baker said. “What I love about his shooting is his confidence. That’s a big part of playing in the NBA, having the confidence and the belief you can make it. He has that and he’s going to continue to get better.

“It would fit great in our system. Every team in this league, especially us would love to have more and more shooting and A.J. is shooting the ball terrific this summer. … Obviously if you get him on the floor and get him in a place with the talent we have, it would be terrific to see him shoot the basketball because he can shoot it.”

After averaging a college career-high 19.7 points his sophomore year, Green missed all but three games his junior season due to hip injuries. He went on to undergo two different surgeries on his hips in a seven-week span.

In the past 19 months, Green overcame that injury and finished out a remarkable senior season at UNI (18.8 points, 38% from 3), played in the summer league for Milwaukee (7.0 points, 33% from 3) and now is a member of the Bucks’ “Let it Fly” family.

“Obviously in college my role was a lot different,” said Green on adapting to Bucks summer squad. “Initially, not having the ball as much and spacing the floor and trying to make plays off of others instead of creating the whole time. Trying to do that and be confident and always let it fly. I know I can shoot it, regardless if it goes in or not, I’m going to keep shooting it and try to impact the game in other ways as well.”

The two-way contract will allow Green to split time between the Bucks and their G League affliate the Wisconsin Herd. There he will be familiar with a pair of his flourishing Vegas Summer League teammates, Sandro Mamukelashvili (named first-team All-Summer League) and Lindell Wigginton (second team).

“It makes things a whole lot easier, just knowing he (Mamu) can board and you can just get out and run and space the floor,” Green said. “He’s good enough to get downhill and either finish or he’s a great passer and willing passer. So, he’ll find you and he told me, ‘Just find space and I’ll find you if you’re open.’

“I think with great players around you, shots will just kind of come. ... Just being patient and when they come, everyone wants me to shoot it as well. If I’m open, I’ll shoot it.”