Much like Carmelo Anthony, Greene's time at the university was too short for Orange fans. Even though he did not follow Anthony in bringing home the national championship, Greene and guard Jonny Flynn gave the team's fans an exciting blend of basketball during a trying season for the team.
In his only season at Syracuse, Greene led the Orange in scoring average (17.7), three-point baskets (90) and blocked shots (57). He ranked second on the squad in steals (45) and third on the team in rebound average (7.2).
At Towson Catholic high school, the combo forward was rated the third-best power forward in the nation by Scouts.Inc. and the third-best small forward, along with being the ninth-rated overall player in high school basketball by Rivals.com. He was named first-team Parade All-American, adding second-team honors All-USA Today. The Baltimore Sun All-Metro first-team and McDonald's All-American was also named the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament MVP as a senior.
As a junior, Greene averaged 23.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.6 blocks while helping Towson Catholic to the 2006 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) title. In his final campaign, he averaged 18.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 steals, as the school compiled a 32-5 record, ranking first in the state. He posted six double-doubles that year and finished his career with more than 2,200 points.
Greene also competed on the high school all-star and AAU circuits. He played for the Team Melo AAU Squad, a team formed by Baltimore native and SU All-American Anthony. He also competed at the Nike Camp in Indianapolis and scored 10 points in the 2006 Elite 24 Hoops Classic high school All-Star Game before his arrival at Syracuse. The event was held at fabled Rucker Park in New York City.
Greene was named to the National Invitational Classic-Trusted Choice Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team. He had 10 points and two rebounds in the McDonald's All-Star Classic. He was also a Jordan Brand All-American and played in the Jordan Brand All-America Classic in Madison Square Garden, scoring 20 points in 17 minutes.
Greene also suited up for the 2006-07 USA Basketball squads. He averaged 3.5 points per game for the 2006 USA Men's Under-18 Team that competed in the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship. Although he was slowed by a shoulder injury, Greene contributed to the 2007 USA Under-19 Team's silver-medal winning performance at the World Championship. He played in eight-of-nine contests and averaged 4.3 points and 1.5 rebounds for the club coached by DePaul's Jerry Wainwright.
In his only season at Syracuse, Greene was named to the Freshman All-American second-team by Rivals.com. He added All-Big East Conference second-team recognition, teaming with Flynn to become the team's first freshmen tandem to score more than 500 points each in the same season.
Greene's 17.7 points per game ranked fourth in the conference, as his 620 points scored rank second among Syracuse freshmen in a season. He scored in double figures in 31 of 35 games. His 251 rebounds were the fifth-highest season total by a freshman in school annals. He had a string of four consecutive 20-point performances in November and closed out his short career by setting a school NIT record with six three-pointers vs. Robert Morris.
After Syracuse was knocked out of the NIT Tournament by Massachusetts, Greene announced that he had hired an agent and applied for early entry for the 2008 NBA Draft.
Positives: Prototype combo forward who has the quickness and the three-point range to excel as a wing on the perimeter and the inside power game to get to the glass for the rebound or to alter shots as a four-type ... Has the quickness to push the ball up court in a high-octane attack ... His speed, reach and balance allow him to create mismatches vs. the smaller defenders when generating his beyond the arc shooting skills ... Even vs. the bigger centers, he gets enough elevation to get his mini sky hook over the defender (more right-side dominant doing this) ... Needs to work on his defense, but he is a classic gunslinger when it comes to his offensive shooting skills, able to fire from anywhere on the court ... Very mature athlete who takes a good businessman's approach on the court, as he is not going to force his shot for the sake of taking one, despite putting the ball up 521 times last season ... With a young team, he was forced to take on a bigger leadership role than expected, but thrived in that department and is a strong presence in the locker room ... Mobile enough to spend more than a few minutes at shooting guard and his speed getting up and down the court sees him defend vs. opposing guards often, where his length, speed and aggression gets him to block a fair share of shots from the perimeter (does a good job at facing up and keeping his hands active when trying to alter the opponent's shot) ... Powerful dunker who attacks the rim with tremendous force ... Might be an over-sized wing player, but has excellent mobility, impressive looking frame and pure athleticism to play the three-spot ... Displays classic shooting form, as he has that quick and high release point, combined with solid mechanics and a smooth wrist flick to make his long range shooting look effortless ... As teams started constantly double-teaming him inside late in his freshman year, Green showed good maturity...Has such a solid offensive game, as he simply faded back from the paint, where he forced the defense out to try to alter his picture-perfect turnaround jumpers while mixing in a few jump hooks here and there ... With his quick release and high release point, his penchant for taking jumpers could make it his money shot in the NBA ... Better with his face-to-the-basket game, but even with his back to the rim, he is capable of backing down the defender and executing a no-look hook shot ... With his consistent mid-range game, he constantly forces the bigger forwards to come out from under the basket to defend him, but he then shows the pump fakes and lateral agility to slip past and slash his way to the rim ... His turnaround jumper continues to develop, as he cam easily connect from beyond mid range ... Excellent finisher coming from the open court ... Does a good job hedging on screens and has the length and lower body strength to be effective on help defense ... Has textbook technique playing on the pick-and-roll, having good success converting his shots from this area ... Good spot-up shooter who is very accurate shooting behind the arc ... Likes to fire with his right hand more often than his left, but when given space, he can consistently sink his pull-up jumpers ... When playing in the post, he will get to the baseline and unleash a nifty turnaround shot ... Can take the post-entry pass or finish shots created by others ... Excels playing in the triple threat, as he has a lot of tricks in his basket (pump fakes and hesitation moves), along with strong elbow jabs to clear space for himself on the way to the basket, where he will usually bring the crowd to its feet with a fluid spin move and alley-oop shot before his feet even touch the ground ... Decent enough handling the ball to put it on the floor for a dribble or two, as he can pass out of double teams (71 assists) or drive through the lanes, drawing contact along the way to get to the line ... Has a quick release and good elbow bend when taking free throws ... Gets excellent elevation, to go along with his reach, while operating as a shot blocker ... Has excellent body control, using it often to take off-balance shots or simply elevate in the air to fire the acrobatic jumper ... Uses his timing and vertical leap skills to consistently finish around the basket, especially when going up and over his man driving through the lanes ... Has the shooting form, extension and high release point to consistently hit outside shots from NBA-caliber three-point range (his 90 3-pointers set a school single-season record for freshmen) ... Solid rebounder from the offensive glass, as he can elevate with little space and has the wingspan to grab the ball and execute the second jump for the put-back ... Explosive leaper who feels that he can get to any errant shot by his teammate, showing good team-concept, as he is very determined to get to loose balls, put-backs or re-shoot when he secures his own missed shot ... Has the body control in transition to make fluid in-the-air adjustments to sail to the rim.
Negatives: Perhaps due to tiring late in the year by the large amounts of minutes he logged (team had several key injuries, forcing the staff to keep him on the court 35-40 minutes per game), he did not really create his own inside shot much, preferring to park at the perimeter, where he became too enamored with his three-point skills, or by simply dropping back to execute a fade-away shot ... Right-hand dominant, as he does not seem to have the same confidence shooting from his left side (off-hand), especially from long range ... Built as a power forward and might be oversized to play small forward, but is more comfortable as a wing than he is combating the more physical opponent ... Can look a bit lost at times when having to move without the ball in his hands ... Good perimeter shooter, but will get caught flat-footed in this area when he does not get into good position to stay in front of defenders attacking him off the dribble ... Physical in the paint, but needs to do a better job of facing up to the perimeter shooters, as his footwork needs refinement ... Not really dominant trying to beat his man off the dribble and will shy away from contact at times, as he has trouble finishing vs. contact ... Has a developing frame, but got most of his rebound success on his athleticism, speed and determination to crash the boards, needing to bulk up some and improve his strength if he hopes to have the same board success in the NBA ... Good passer, but sometimes to a fault, pushing the ball out to a teammate that might have a worse shot opportunity ... Tries to carry the team too much, and his teammates might have been the cause for that also as they would bring the ball up, and then just feed Greene, expecting him to take the shot ... Decent ball handler, but is prone to turning it over, as he sometimes gets too loose on the dribble or keeps his head down, losing sight on oncoming, pressing defenders ... Needs to do a better job of drawing contact, as he is a solid free throw shooter, but does not get to the line as often as he should (must drive in the lane more often than hanging out at the perimeter) ... Must set his feet better when matched up vs. the press, as he will take too many off-balance shots, feeling that he has to rush his attempts to set up for his own put-back.
Compares to: RASHARD LEWIS-Orlando ... Like Lewis, Green is a small forward trapped in a power forward's body. He is not effective shooting when pressured and tends to shy away from contact, preferring to execute his perimeter game, but he is a deadly long-range shooter with enough quickness to play the wing as his body physically matures. He is very fluid getting to the rim and shows great elevation to hang in the air and get his shot off before touching the ground. He does not use his back-to-the-basket skills much, but has shown promise there. His pull-up jumper is fast becoming his money shot, but he does fire at will at times, needing to show better selectivity. His defense runs hot-and-cold, as does his ball-handling skills. Later in the year, teams started getting smart, defending his right hand, knowing that his off-hand shooting skills were marginal. With his overall skills and ability on the pick-and-pop, using him on the wing will see him create good mismatches vs. the slower forwards in the NBA.
Greene's scoring average of 17.7 points per game in 2007-08 ranks third on the school's single-season record list for freshmen, topped by Carmelo Anthony (22.2 ppg, 2002-03) and Lawrence Moten (18.2 ppg, 1991-92) ... His 251 rebounds ranks fifth among Syracuse freshmen in a season, placing him behind Anthony (349, 2002-03), Derrick Coleman (333, 1986-87), Billy Owens (263, 1988-89) and Dale Shackleford (256, 1975-76) ... Attempted 521 field goals in 2007-08, the ninth-highest season total by a Syracuse freshman ... Established a school single-season record by a freshman with 90 three-point field goals, surpassing former SU great Gerry McNamara (85 in 2002-03) ... His 90 three-pointers ranks fifth overall on the school single-season record list behind McNamara (107 in 2004-05, 105 in 2003-04, 103 in 2005-06) and Demetris Nichols (100 in 2006-07).
Second-team Freshman All-American selection by The NBA Draft Report and Rivals.com ... All-Big East Conference second-team and league All-Rookie first-team choice ... All-District II pick by the United States Basketball Writers Association ... Named Big East Rookie of the Week in each of the first two weeks of the college basketball season and five times overall ... Teamed with guard Jonny Flynn to rank second nationally among rookie scoring duos with a combined 33.2 points per game ... Greene and Flynn became the first SU freshman tandem to each score more than 500 points in the same season ... Ranked fourth in the conference in scoring, averaging 17.7 points per game ... Scored 620 points on 218-of-521 field goals (41.8 percent), including 90-of-261 three-pointers (34.5 percent) and hit on 94-of-133 free throws (70.7 percent) ... Pulled down 251 rebounds (7.2 rpg), including 60 from the offensive glass ... Fouled out of four of 35 contests that he started, totaling 101 personal fouls and 91 turnovers ... Dished out 71 assists to go with 45 steals and 57 blocked shots ... Had a stretch of four consecutive 20-point games in November (25 vs. Fordham, 21 vs. Ohio State, 25 vs. Washington, 20 vs. Massachusetts), the longest 20-point scoring streak for an Orange freshman since Carmelo Anthony in 2002-03 (12 games) ... Scored in double figures in 31 of SU's 35 games and had at least one block in 28 of 35 games ... Made at least one three-pointer in 33 of 35 games ... The Orange was 10-4 when Greene scored at least 20 points.
2007-08 GAME ANALYSIS
Syracuse opened the exhibition portion of its season by defeating the College of St. Rose, 80-71, as Greene led the way with 16 points ... Had 26 points in 23 minutes and the Orange defeated Division II LeMoyne in an exhibition game, 109-59 ... Added 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting, as he blocked two shots and grabbed nine boards to push Syracuse past Fordham, 80-63. The visiting Rams had an early 9-4 lead, but Greene tallied SU's first 11 points and reversed the deficit, earning Big East Rookie of the Week honors ... Had his first collegiate double-double with 25 points and 10 boards vs. Washington and scored 21 points while collecting nine rebounds vs. Ohio State, picking up NIT Season Tipoff All-Tournament Team honors, in addition to again being named Big East Rookie of the Week ... For the first time since March 15, 1987, Syracuse had four players in the same game score at least 20 points each, as Greene amassed 20 points, two blocks and six rebounds vs. Massachusetts ... For the first time since March 15, 1998, the Orange had three players in the same game grab 10 or more rebounds each, as Greene totaled 11 boards with a pair of assists, two blocks and nine points vs. Tulane, snapping the forward's string of six consecutive double-digit games to begin his career ... Greene's 20 points and 10 rebounds pulled SU past host Virginia, 70-68. It marked only the second time Virginia lost in the 22 games played in the new John Paul Jones Arena ... Put in 25 points with eight rebounds and four assists vs. East Tennessee State ... Followed with 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including four three-pointers, two blocks and five rebounds vs. Colgate ... Registered 22 points vs. St. John's, adding four more three-pointers, as he scored 21 points vs. Central Florida and 25 more with 12 rebounds vs. Cincinnati during a late December scoring spree ... Shot just 8-of-20, but five were three-pointers to end up with 24 points and two blocked shots vs. Providence ... The DePaul game featured a mini-reunion of the USA Basketball Under-19 squad from last summer. DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright mentored that squad and SU's Jonny Flynn and Greene were on the roster, as Greene collected 14 points, two assists and four rebounds ... Credited with seven boards, three steals and 17 points vs. Villanova and added another 17 points with nine boards vs. South Florida ... Scored just nine points on 3-of-15 shooting, but snatched 12 boards in the Louisville contest ... Added 23 points vs. Pittsburgh and 13 rebounds with 19 points, three blocked shots, four assists and 13 rebounds vs. Seton Hall ... Collected 14 points vs. Marquette ... Had 27 points, making a career-high six three-pointers, as he handed out two assists to go with five rebounds vs. Robert Morris in the NIT Tournament ... Followed with 16 points, four assists sand five steals vs. Maryland before ending NIT Tournament action, closing out his college career with 18 points, nine boards, two steals, a pair of blocked shots and three assists vs. Massachusetts.
USA BASKETBALL2007 USA Basketball Season ... Even though Greene was slowed by a shoulder injury, he contributed to the USA Under-19 Team's silver-medal winning performance at the World Championship ... Played in eight-of-nine contests and averaged 4.3 points and 1.5 rebounds for the club coached by DePaul's Jerry Wainwright ... Had seven points and four rebounds vs. Mali, a 118-56 U.S. victory, but suffered a right shoulder injury in the second half of the triumph and missed the club's subsequent win vs. China ... Returned in a limited role with five points when the Americans beat Serbia, 82-78 ... Had six points the next time out as Team USA defeated Lithuania, 90-81 ... Added five points and two rebounds as the U.S. won against France, 87-82 ... When the club outscored Argentina, 112-86, Greene tallied eight points in 10 minutes of play. 2006 USA Basketball Season ... Averaged 3.5 points per game for the USA Men's Under-18 Team that competed in the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship ... His top showing came in a 111-64 win vs. Uruguay when he contributed seven points and two rebounds.
AAU/SUMMER BASKETBALLPlayed for the Team Melo AAU Squad, a team formed by Baltimore native and SU All-American Carmelo Anthony ... Competed at the Nike Camp in Indianapolis and scored 10 points in the 2006 Elite 24 Hoops Classic high school All-Star Game before his arrival at Syracuse. The event was held at fabled Rucker Park in New York City ... Named to the National Invitational Classic-Trusted Choice Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team ... Added 10 points and two rebounds in the McDonald's All-Star Classic ... Jordan Brand All-American and played in the Jordan Brand All-America Classic in Madison Square Garden, scoring 20 points in 17 minutes.
2007: Bothered during the summer with a right shoulder sprain while playing for the USA Basketball Under-19 team.
Attended Towson (Md.) Catholic high school, playing basketball for head coach Josh Pratt ... The combo forward was rated the third-best power forward in the nation by Scouts. Inc., and the third-best small forward, along with being the ninth-rated overall player in high school basketball by Rivals.com ... Named first-team Parade All-American, adding second-team honors All-USA Today ... The Baltimore Sun All-Metro first-team and McDonald's All-American was also named the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament MVP as a senior ... In his final campaign, he averaged 18.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 steals, as the school compiled a 32-5 record, ranking first in the state ... Posted six double-doubles that year and finished his career with more than 2,200 points ... Had a stretch of four consecutive games with at least 22 points and seven rebounds ... In the four contests vs. Boy's & Girl's high school, St. Frances, St. Catholic's Prep and Calvert Hall, Greene averaged 23.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game ... Had a season-high 26 points and 14 boards in a 73-71 loss to Boy's & Girl's high school ... Added seven assists in wins vs. Gibbons and at Neumann-Goretti ... As a junior, Greene averaged 23.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.6 blocks while helping Towson Catholic to the 2006 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) title.Stats
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