February 23, 2012

Iowa offers 2012 guard

Growing up in Chicago, Brian Greene Jr. has always followed the Big Ten. This week he received an opportunity to play in the Big Ten when the University of Iowa extended a scholarship offer.

"I feel like the Iowa offer is a great opportunity. I grew up in Chicago, so I watched the Big Ten a lot and would be honored to play in the conference," Greene Jr. said Tuesday evening.

After graduating from Thornton Township High School last spring, Greene Jr. had interest from schools like Indiana State, Eastern Illinois, Northern Illinois, and Cal Poly, but felt he could play at a higher level, so he headed south and currently attends the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.

"I don't want to take anything away from those schools because they are good programs, but I felt like if I worked hard on my game, I could go to a bigger school."

It appears he will get that opportunity. In addition to the offer from the Hawkeyes, he also holds scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and St. Bonaventure. Iowa interest level has picked up in the past month and continues to grow in the 6-foot-3 and 180 pound combo guard.

"Coach Dillard has been the main guy recruiting me. He saw me in a tournament that we played in near Chicago and then he came down here two weeks ago to see us play. He said that the first time he saw me he wasn't sure if they were looking for a guard, but he really liked me and they offered."

Greene Jr. says that he hasn't scheduled any visits yet, but hopes to make a trip to Ole Miss in the next week or two. He would like to visit Iowa in the near future, but the coaches have not scheduled an official trip yet.

While he waits to make his official visits, Greene Jr. continues to develop his overall game, including his outside shooting, which was one of the knocks on him coming out of high school.

"I feel like I am a pretty complete player who continues to improve. I'm an above average athlete for my size. I'm a pretty balanced combo guard who can get to the rim. One of the big questions was my shooting range and I have worked hard on improving that this year. Right now I would say my mid-range game is the best part of my game," he said.

This season, Greene Jr. is averaging approximately 20 points per game at IMG Academy.

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