Late Night in the Phog is typically regarded as one of the most potent weapons in the recruiting arsenal for the Kansas Jayhawks, and it looks as if the 2011 iteration will once again draw a crowd of talented prospects - prospects such as Brannen Greene.
A 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward from Forsyth (GA) Mary Persons High School, Greene is one of the Class of 2013 talents at his position in the country.
Lauded for his athleticism and deep shooting range, his offer lists boasts some of the most powerful names in the sport, including that of Kansas. Head Coach Bill Self and his staff got involved as soon as the contact period opened in mid-June.
"I was excited, but I wasn't surprised," Greene said. "But I was excited to hear from them."
Leading the charge with the Jayhawks in his recruitment thus far have been assistant coaches Joe Dooley and Danny Manning, and both have made a favorable impression on the talented young wing.
"I really like them," Greene said. "Obviously, Coach Manning playing at Kansas he can help me a lot and tell me about how his experiences were there. And Coach Dooley, he's just a real nice guy."
Despite his relative youth, the five-star prospect has no desire to drag his recruitment out into his senior year. Instead, Greene will look to trim his list down in late October or early November, and make a college decision by the end of the calendar year.
Why the accelerated timetable? It's out of respect for the long list of schools recruiting him.
"I just feel like I should have schools as big as the schools that (are recruiting him) just waiting around on me to make a decision," Greene explained. "I feel like I owe it to them to not just sit on the offers I have, and go ahead and make a decision."
To that end, he'll be a true traveling man in the weeks ahead, with a visit to Florida on tap this weekend, followed by a visits during the weekend of Sept. 22 to both Harvard and UCONN.
Though he doesn't have a final list of competitors, there are some schools that stand out, Greene explained – schools such as Duke, Louisville, Kansas, Ohio State, Florida, Tennessee, Memphis, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Harvard and UCONN.
As for Kansas, he's understandably amped for the season-opening festivities in mid-October, as he's heard a great deal about them already.
"I've just heard about the fans, how loud it gets, the atmosphere," Greene said. "I feel like it's an honor to be invited and be going there. I look forward to having fun and seeing how loud it gets, and seeing what fans recognize me and getting to know them."
Though nothing is set in stone, it does appear as if the Jayhawks will be one program to receive serious consideration as the time for a decision draws near.
In fact, while his father was growing up, Greene explained, Kansas was his favorite college basketball program.
"I'm really considering them," he said, of Kansas. "Just because of their tradition and their coaching, and playing in the Big 12, a high level of basketball."