Donte Greene Headed to Big East

The No. 12 player in the Class of 2007 is off the board. The Towson Catholic (Md.) forward has made his decision.

Syracuse has been on a roll lately – and it looks like it'll continue with the addition of one of the top players in the Class of 2007.

Donte Greene, a 6-foot-8 ½, 215-pound junior forward at Towson Catholic (Md.) who is ranked 12th in the class, has committed to Syracuse and will make it official at a news conference this afternoon.

``It's done," Greene told from Towson Catholic this morning. ``It's a great opportunity. I think it's the only place in America right now that when I get into college, there won't be any returning starters at the forward spot. I felt I had to jump on it fast."

Greene was also courted by a bevy of schools – including UConn, Maryland and Georgetown.

The Orange spent a considerable amount of time with Greene this fall. In addition to Jim Boeheim's presence in the Charm City, assistant Rob Murphy was a fixture in the area working the recruit who exploded last summer and was named to the Nike All-American Camp all-star game.

``Coach Murphy was real consistent," added Greene. "He came every week he was able to come. I felt I needed to go to Syracuse. It was right for me."

Greene is long, athletic and is a big-time shot-blocker who averaged 15 points and 5 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

``I had a chance to coach Rudy (Gay) at Archbishop Spalding for two years and Donte is similar in the type of kid he is," Towson Catholic coach Josh Pratt said. "He's got tremendous work ethic and is very positive."

``He can really shoot the ball," added Pratt. "That's what a lot of coaches really like about him. Then you add his character. He's very mature and focused and I think he can be a very, very good player."

Greene joins Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) teammates Antonio Jardine and Rick Jackson – as well as Niagara Falls High (N.Y.) point guard Jonathan Flynn – in the Class of 2007.

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