Coming out of high school, Phil Greene IV was rated by Rivals as a three-star prospect and one of the top shooting guards in the nation. Greene, who is from Chicago, played for Meanstreets on the AAU Circuit and finished his pre-college career at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Having offers from West Virginia, Arizona State and Iowa, among other schools, he chose to attend St. John’s University.
Greene, a former standout guard for St. John’s, averaged 7.8 points, 2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 28 percent from three point range in his first season in college.. His role improved tremendously throughout his career and so did his health, injury wise, at St. John’s, despite his time on the court only increasing from 31.1. minutes per game to 24.8 minutes per game. As a senior, he put up 13.0 points, 3.2 boards, 1.6 dimes and a 39.1 percent from three point range. He is a quick and versatile shooter who had a 105.5 ORtg in his last season, which puts him in the 43-45 range in the nation, and in the Big East, it is 114.4, making him eleventh best in the conference, in this respect.
"He can play point guard," Former St. John’s Head Coach Steve Lavin told RealGM. "He has the ability to also be a scoring point guard. His ability to handle the ball, create off the bounce, get to the mid-range, as well as to the rim, are areas he excels at."
"We saw what you pretty much saw over the course of his career at St. John's," Nets Director of Player Personnel Gregg Polinsky told Newsday. "A guy that's really quick with the basketball, can create his own shot, can get space for his shot, competes. I think Phil had a good career. I think he's going to have a shot."
Greene told the New York Post that he has been working on three things leading up to the NBA Draft on June 25th: "getting stronger, getting more aggressive and becoming a better passer into the post."
One problem specifically facing Greene is committing turnovers. He only averaged 1.1 turnovers a game in his final season at St. John’s, which is lower than probable number one pick, Karl Towns, but his TORate was 9.7, ranking him thirty fifth in the country, and it is even higher in the Big East, putting him second in the conference.
He has worked out with the 76ers, Clippers, Nets, Jazz, Suns, Lakers, Raptors and Celtics, but is not projected to be drafted by DraftExpress, or most other sites. When asked by Newsday if he thinks that he will be drafted, Greene responded by saying, "I think it's a great chance right now," "I'm getting great feedback from the teams that I worked out with. [My agent] told me just keep it up. We'll see how it goes."
While being drafted might not lie ahead for Phil Greene, a bright future still can. There are a plethora of options for him, if he is not drafted, such as signing after the draft, playing in the D-League, or playing professionally overseas.