November 18, 2011

Greene to Decide in Winter

There are not many players who compare to the size and skill set combination of Brannen Greene. After having a great sophomore year of basketball, Greene was bombarded by college coaches over the summer. From phone calls to emails to checking out his AAU games, Greene became one of the hot topics in high school basketball due to his smarts, as well as his play on the court. Greene, who has the grades to attend an Ivy League school and the skill level to play for Jim Calhoun, John Calipari or Rick Pitino, can go just about anywhere he wants.

A 2013 6-foot-7 small forward from Mary Persons in Georgia, Greene is extremely versatile. A scoring guard with a long frame and the ability to play the 1, 2 and 3, Greene can play all three perimiter positions very efficiently for his age. A natural shooter with great handle and outstanding athleticism, the Georgia native uses his smarts off the court on the court as his basketball IQ is very high. Being wise for his age, Greene hopes to see his IQ and knowledge for the game develop even further throughout his final two years of high school basketball. Along with that, the junior wants to work on his defensive intensity in order to maximize his full potential that he displays on offense.

Currently, his college list consists of exactly nine schools. Greene is looking at, "UConn, Kansas, Louisville, Florida, Harvard, Florida State, Memphis, Providence and Ohio State." All nine of these schools have offered the talented shooter.

Besides speaking with them quite often, Greene took a few unofficial visits this fall. Greene made a trip up to the Northeast where he visited UConn and Harvard for a weekend.

"My visit to UConn in the fall was a very positive one," he said. "I got a great feel for the school and basketball atmosphere. I really enjoyed myself. I talk to assistant coach Kevin Ollie a lot via Twitter, Facebook and phone. My dad and I also talk to Coach Calhoun on a regular basis. I like the school's history with guards and their success after college. I like their playing style, also."

From a standpoint of a timeline, a decision may come very soon for the Mary Persons product.

"I plan on deciding sometime in December," he said. "Particularly, later in the month would work. It could possibly be held off until early January also, but December is the plan."

While Greene has not visited a majority of the schools in his final nine, look for the Huskies to be in a good position with the top-40 prospect if he does end up sticking to his plan of making a December or January commitment.

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