Greene Jr. Cashing In

Brian Greene Jr. was underwhelmed with his scholarship offers coming out of his Chicago Area high school. He decided to go the post-graduate route and it appears to have paid off.

Coming out of high school, Brian  Greene Jr. saw limited interest from colleges. The Chicago area native felt overlooked.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound combo guard headed to the IMG Academy in Florida for post-graduate work and to hone his basketball skills. It's proven to be a good decision.

"Right now, I have offers from Ole Miss, Iowa, South Florida, Rhode Island, St. Bonnie, Loyola Chicago and University of Detroit," Greene said. "I don't have any favorites. I'm just taking my time with the recruiting process and giving everybody a chance to recruit me."

Greene said he is working on solidifying campus visits.

"I don't have anything set yet," he said. "I do know that the first schools I'm probably going to see are Ole Miss and Iowa. I really don't know if I'll visit anyone else besides Iowa and Ole Miss at this point."

Greene said that Iowa assistant Sherman Dillard scouted him at Thornton High in Harvey, Ill. The Hawkeye coach also watched him over the summer at an AAU Tournament in Merrillville, Ind.

"(Dillard) gave me a call and said he wanted to see me again," Greene said. "He came in for a game at IMG. He was really impressed with my versatility and my ability to get to the rim."

Greene said Iowa's scholarship offer came in about two weeks ago. Ole Miss jumped in last weekend, he said.

"(The Rebels) saw me at the beginning of the year when I first arrived at IMG," Greene said. "They were recruiting one of our big guys. They told me that they were deep at guard. They had a guy just like me.

"During the season, the guy they already had got kicked off of the team. He violated some team rules. (Ole Miss) came back and saw me in late January."

Greene said he was viewed as a "tweener" coming out of Thornton, meaning scouts weren't sure if he could play point guard or shooting guard at the next level.

"I really didn't have a position," he said. "Everybody was recruiting me as an athlete. I was low- to mid-major (prospect). That's why I went to IMG to develop my skills."

Greene said that he had offers from Indiana State, Florida A&M and Valparaiso, among other schools, coming out of Thornton.

"I'm aggressive and tough," he said of his game. "I get to the rim well. I feel like I do everything pretty well.

"The best part of my game is probably my pull-up game. I think I'm an above-average athlete. I just bring versatility to the game."

Greene also is interested in South Florida, who is enjoying a solid season in the Big East.

"South Florida is talking to my dad a lot," Greene said. "They want me to visit, also. I don't know if I'm going to go to South Florida officially because it's only 45 minutes from where I'm at right now."

Greene, who is leaning towards studying dentistry in college, is researching schools interested in him. He's aware that Iowa signed five players in the 2012 class.

"(Dillard) told me that," he said. "I feel it's good to come in with a lot of people. You're going to be in it together for four years. I'm not afraid of competition."

The spring signing period for basketball runs from April 11-May 16.

"I don't have a timeline," Greene said of his decision. "When it feels right, I'll commit. The most important thing to me is playing right away. I want to be on the floor right away. I want to make an immediate impact as a freshman."


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