On Greene: A smooth, deft combo guard ... noted for his quickness and playmaking skills on offense and in transition ... a floor general with the ability to get into the lane and pull up, or dish and create for others ... a hard-nosed defender who adds length and speed to "Chicago toughness" ... possesses the ability to guard all perimeter positions.
Steve Lavin On Greene: "Phil is the most-improved returning player on our roster. He is a great listener and competitor. He is a combo guard with a knack for scoring in a variety of ways. Most recently, he has improved his decision making off the bounce. His length, speed and quickness make him a nice fit for our uptempo style of play."
As A Freshman In 2011-12: Appeared in all 32 contests, starting the final 28 ... averaged 31.4 minutes per game, good for third on the team, as one of four Red Storm players to average 30.0 minutes or more ... contributed 7.6 points per game as a freshman, fifth on the squad ... recorded 18 games of double-figure scoring ... the first-time point guard led the team in assists with 95, an average of 3.0 per game ... posted 19 games of three assists or more ... 3.72 assists per BIG EAST contest ranked 15th among all conference players ... finished the conference season with a 1.76 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for 11th in the BIG EAST ... netted a career-high 18 points on a career-best eight made field goals and dished out seven assists in 40 minutes of action at Pitt (Feb. 29) ... reached double-figures for the third-straight game with a 10-point effort against DePaul (Feb. 20) ... notched 10th-career and second-consecutive double-digit scoring performance with 11 points in a victory over UCLA (Feb. 18) ... recorded ninth-career double-digit scoring performance with 10 points at Seton Hall (Feb. 14) ... totaled 14 points for the second-consecutive game to finish in double-figures in five of the past six games against No. 2/2 Syracuse (Feb. 4) ... tied a career-high with 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting and had six assists and three steals in his homecoming at DePaul (Feb. 1) ... netted 11 points and dished out a career-high eight assists in a win against West Virginia (Jan. 25) ... scored 14 points on seven field goals in 41 minutes of action against Villanova (Jan. 21) ... registered his fourth-career double-digit scoring performance with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists at USF (Jan. 18) ... recorded four assists for the third-straight contest and sixth time in eight games at No. 25/24 Marquette (Jan. 11) ... netted 12 points to notch his third-career double-digit scoring effort against Providence (Dec. 27) ... notched 10 points, including seven in the opening half, and had three steals and three rebounds in his first-career start against No. 19/18 Texas A&M (Nov. 18) ... scored 12 points, including seven in a row during the second half, while shooting 2-of-2 from 3-point range against No. 15/16 Arizona (Nov. 17).
At IMG Academy: Was ranked as high as the No. 41 shooting guard in the 2011 recruiting class ... scored 24.5 points per game with 6.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.0 steals as a senior at IMG Academy in 2010-11 ... lead IMG to a 35-16 record in his final season ... received squad MVP honors ... participated in the NeXt All-American Classic on April 3 in Chicago, scoring nine points to lead the Got NeXt squad to a 109-100 victory ... contributed 11 points in the April 30 Chicago United Hoops Classic benefiting the Norm Van Lier Scholarship Fund, a contest which pits Windy City high school stars from the West Side against standouts from the South Side, like Greene ... averaged 19.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.0 steals as a junior ... his coach at IMG was Vince Walden.
Personal: Phillip Edward Greene IV ... born in Chicago, Ill. ... son of LaToyria Robinson and Philip Greene III ... has one brother, Jamaari Greene (6) ... chose St. John's because of head coach Steve Lavin, its location in New York City and the opportunity to contribute immediately to the team ... majoring in sports management.
UP CLOSE WITH PHIL GREENE IV
Favorite movie/TV show: "He Got Game" and "True Blood."
Favorite actor/actress: Will Smith and Lauren London.
What's on my iPod/iPhone: Drake and Lil' Wayne.
Favorite food: Pizza.
Favorite place to hang out on campus/NYC area: Times Square.
Favorite subject: Math.
Since coming to St. John's I've learned: My way around NYC.
Greatest athletic accomplishment: Hitting 11 3-pointers in one game.
Hero/role model: Michael Jordan.
Favorite athlete/sports team: Derrick Rose/Miami Heat.
Favorite St. John's athlete: Jamal White.
I came to St. John's because: The basketball program.
The best thing about St. John's is: The students.
Few people know that: I am a very funny person.
One word to describe me on the court: "Heart."
One word to describe me off the court: "Silly."
St. John's basketball player that will surprise you this year: Orlando Sanchez.
After St. John's or my basketball career, I'd like to: Help coach.
If I could have dinner with any three people (in history or today): Lauren London, Meagan Good, and Cassie.
What do you want to accomplish this season: I want to win.
What are your funny superstitions/pregame rituals: I have to do my own stretches.
If I were president for the day I would: I will not have any taxes.
If I were Coach Lavin for the day I would: Give the team a day off.
The teammate that inspires me is: Jamal White.
If I could switch places for a day with any person (real or fiction) I'd be (and why): LeBron James because I would want to know how it felt to be 6-8, and be that strong.
If I wasn't playing basketball, I'd be: Playing football.