There's no denying that Brian Greene Jr. had a tough go in his first season on the court for the Eagles. However, there's also no denying the talent that he possesses. Behind Brett Comer, FGCU had a carousel of guards last year that were given opportunities to run the point. Greene was the first guy given that opportunity, and after struggling in his first few games of the season, was never given consistent minutes again.
Now as a redshirt junior, Greene is ready to rise to the occasion to win back the trust of his coaches, and show that he's capable of giving the team quality minutes in an increased role.
"I worked extremely hard in one, getting in better condition, two, being more poised, and three, especially shooting," he said. "Just trying to do anything I can do to help the team."
Befor transferring to FGCU prior to the 2013-2014 season, Greene attended Auburn. As a freshman at Auburn, he averaged 12 minutes a game, along with three points per game. One of the numbers that had to stick out to coach Joe Dooley and his staff was Greene's 42-percent three pointer percentage. His shooting ability was no fluke either, as he shot 40-percent from behind the long line during a year of preparatory school at IMG Academy.
With his history of being an above average shooter, it was shocking when Greene went a total of 0-15 from behind the arc during his first season at Florida Gulf Coast. If he would've shown his past shooting ability, there's a strong chance that he wouldn't have lost his place in the rotation. However, he's not dwelling on the tough season, and is looking forward to being able to help the team in any fashion he can.
"I'm just really trying to do the best at anything I can do to help the team. There's nothing really individual, I just want to do anything to help the team," Greene said.
While Greene expects himself to perform at a high level when he's on the court, as an upper classman who's been a part of multiple college programs, he feels that it's his duty to step in and help the younger guys get acclimated with the the college game. He's made an effort to be a vocal leader in practice, and make sure that the freshmen get the extra repititions they need.
"I know how tough it can be being a freshman walking in, being expected to do a lot," he said.
Due to FGCU only having three guys above the height of 6-foot-7 on the active roster, Greene says that it's on the guards to make plays and keep the flow the of the game at their pace for the first half of the season. Regardless of whether he's a starter, his athleticism and ability to shoot makes him a dynamic combo guard who can come in and be an instant difference maker.
Thanks to all of the depth at the guard position, it's not too hard to picture FGCU being able to control the tempo in a game despite being undersized to start the year. Every single one of the Eagles' guards will look to play scrappy defense so they can create turnovers and get out in transition. Whether he's playing with the first or second unit, Greene is ready to be a part of that core group of players who can change a game.
"It's going to be really interesting to see how everything works out," Greene said. "Like we said, we're just going to keep firing at people and grabbing on people because we're not at full strength right now. It's going to take everyone."