For many high school basketball prospects, this is something of a stressful time.
Thanks to the new spring evaluation period implemented by the NCAA, as the AAU season hit its stride last weekend college coaches crowded the sidelines at events throughout the country. And under their watchful gaze, those high school prospects fought to perform at the top of their respective games, in an effort to earn coveted scholarship offers.
Brannen Greene doesn't have to worry about any of that. He committed to the University of Kansas in late December. So when he took to the court last weekend in Las Vegas with his teammates on the Florida Rams, the 6-foot-6, 185-pound small forward wasn't worried about who was watching.
He just looked over, saw Bill Self on the sidelines, and exchanged a quick smile with the man who will be his head coach in less than two years time.
"It's kind of a weight off my shoulders," Greene said. "I don't have to worry about that, that's already in the books. I know where I'm going."
"It was fun playing in front him, knowing he's going to be my future head coach," he added, of Self. "But it wasn't a whole lot of pressure. We have a really good relationship."
The Rams are unquestionably one of the most talented teams on the AAU circuit, featuring not only Greene but fellow five-star talents Chris Walker and Kasey Hill. And in Las Vegas, during the Adidas V.I.P. Exclusive Run event, they played like it, coming home with the title.
Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels had this to say about his play:
"After struggling from the field in the quarterfinals, Greene, a 6-foot-6 guard, got it rolling from deep in the championship. He dropped in a trio of three-pointers, to go with a handful of finishes at the rim. Greene finished with a team-high 17 points in the Rams championship win over the Garner Road Bulldogs."
Long-time friends with Walker, Greene is enjoying the opportunity to play with such a close-knit and talented team this spring and summer.
"The weekend went great," he said. "I got along with everybody great. It was a new experience playing out in Las Vegas and playing with a new team. We haven't had much practice time and we haven't played in game situations with each other very much, so I feel like we can only get better."