Self made impression on Greene

Ask Brannen Greene about the genesis of his interest in the University of Kansas, and he can pinpoint it precisely. Because for him, it all began at the top - with Head Coach Bill Self.

"I just felt like that's somebody I want to play for," Greene said. "He can be a mentor for me when I get to college. That's where it started. I feel like I can thrive in that system, and I think I can thrive off the court as well."

A 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward from Forsyth (GA) Mary Persons High, Greene is one of the elite talents in the Class of 2013 and ranked a five-star prospect by Scout.com. He has long maintained a desire to put an end to his recruitment by the first of the year.

Tuesday, he did just that by pulling the trigger for the Jayhawks, continuing a strong recent push on the recruiting trail by Self and his staff; one which has included commitments from Seattle Rainier Beach guard Anrio Adams and Charlottesville (VA) The Miller School wing Andrew White.

Due to the caliber of programs recruiting him - he held offers from the likes of Kansas, UCONN, Florida, Louisville, Memphis and Ohio State, in addition to many more - his decision eventually became about more than just basketball.

Every program to which he gave serious consideration at the end possessed an outstanding basketball program. That was a given. But what else could they offer academically? What about socially? Did he fit in?

He found the comfort level he was seeking at Kansas.

"I could see myself fitting in as a student there," Greene explained. "I feel I'll do well in academics, but also the people there when I went on my visit. The fans - the students as fans, too."

The elite wing visited the Lawrence, Kan. campus in mid-October for the program's annual 'Late Night in the Phog' season-opening celebration. While on the trip, he got a first-hand look at just how passionate Kansas fans are when it comes to basketball, and it made an impression.

"It definitely factored in," Greene said. "I got to see how loud the fans were, and from what I'm getting it's even louder for regular home games. That's what the players and coaching staff are telling me."

"It gives me a sense of pride to know I'm a Kansas Jayhawk," he added. "and I'll be playing for a really historic program."

As the weeks passed and the campus visits piled up, he began to whittle down his list with the aid of his parents, who spent many long hours filling notepads with pros and cons.

"I wouldn't have made the decision without my parents," Greene said. "I value what they say, and we set it up from Day One that we were going to discuss it."

So now that he's a Jayhawk, what's next?

Well, to hear him tell it, he's about to become a full-fledged recruiter himself with his sights set on fellow 2013 stars Allerik Freeman, Julius Randle and Chris Walker – all of whom have visited, and are being heavily pursued by, Kansas themselves.

"I want to be national championship contenders," Greene said. "I don't want to go there and have individual success. I want to have team success, and I'm going to try to bring in as many players as I can."


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