Name: Phil Greene IV
Twitter Handle: @philgreene31
2012 Season Stats:
Prognostication: Phil Greene IV finds himself in a good situation this season. The defensive minded guard has always been a fixture in the Johnnies rotation, but never on a squad with as high expectations as this one.
Even with a slew of incoming players (freshmen, transfers, the newly eligible), the most likely scenario calls for Greene IV to still be a vital member of the Red Storm. It is likely, though, that he finds himself coming off the bench, although, he would be earning a slew of minutes along the way.
Strengths: A versatile, quick combo-like guard. Greene IV has plenty of things going for him on the defensive side of the ball. Often playing a form of the off-guard position (well, at least he should be this season), Greene IV relies heavily upon getting to the basket to get buckets. With additions to the team this season — which should leave him more open — Greene IV should find himself in plenty of spots to show possible improvement in his mid-range to beyond-the-arc game.
Weaknesses: Phil Greene IV definitely needs to improve his outside game. Really, he needs to improve his jumper in an overall type of way. Shooting below 40 percent from the floor and only .227 percent from beyond the arc is a sure fire way for Greene to find himself out of the regular rotation. Too much backcourt depth this year for Greene to be inconsistent offensively.
Personal Note: Here is the thing about Phil Greene IV; he is talented but inconsistent. Greene IV also happens to be in a situation where he will either flourish or find himself out of the rotation. With the roster looking the way it is — and all the apparent awesomeness from the Euro trip – Greene IV needs to constantly play up to his potential or he will end up being on the backend of the rotation.
Defense alone won’t be enough for him to start or see closer to 30 minutes per game. There is just too much talent on this version of the Red Storm roster for Steve Lavin to mess around with a guard who can’t make jump shots.
Random, but neat Phil Greene IV Factoid: Greene IV majors in sports management.
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