Coach Theus said that Monroe has been showing tremendous improvement all summer long, "He is always been good," said coach Theus, "but over the past few months he has just been getting better and better."
Already rated as the #1 overall prospect of the 2008 class, Theus said that Monroe has become more aggressive defensively and has improved his ball handling skills, "For a player his size, Gregory can really handle the ball in traffic and can take it to the basketball with authority."
One of the areas that had been identified as an area of improvement by some analysts of the game was his low block scoring, something that mystifies the Louisiana coach. "I am not sure who wrote that," Theus said, "but I would disagree. Not too many guys in his class can touch him down low. I'll put it to you like this, if low block scoring was ever an issue of Gregory's, it certainly isn't anymore."
On the recruiting front, Theus said that Monroe simply is not thinking a lot about lists or schools or leaders at this point. "Greg just wants to get through the summer," Theus explained, "after the Global Games in Portland, Oregon, which begins on July 28, he and his mother plan to sit down and look at planning some visits. I can tell you I'd be surprised if he weren't a late signee. I think people that are looking for a quick end to his recruiting process are going to be disappointed."
Theus did say that he believed Monroe was no longer interested in Georgia Tech, Mississippi State or Baylor, but even then, Theus points out, that doesn't mean there won't be renewed interest later. Duke, Kansas and LSU remain very high on his list and Georgetown is one school that he identified as coming on strong. "I really don't believe that you can really say any schools would be classified as leaders right now," Theus said, "but Georgetown has certainly gotten his attention of late."
On other schools such as Kentucky, Louisville, Texas and USC, Theus believes Monroe is open to those schools with some interest but that the power forward just hasn't given it all his full attention just yet. "There is a long way to go," said Theus.
KSR will be on hand at the Global games in Portland, and hopes to catch up with Greg Monroe in person.