Chicago Native Phil Greene Heads Home to Face DePaul

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Chicago native Phil Greene has assimilated nicely into the New York culture in his time at St. John’s, but he made one thing clear. “I’m not a fan of the thin pizza,” he said. “I like the deep dish. That gets you full in, like, three slices.” Culinary preferences aside, the freshman Greene and his Red Storm teammates head to Chicago on Wednesday night to take on DePaul (11-9, 2-6) at Allstate Arena. This will be Greene’s first basketball-related trip back to his hometown in his young career with St. John’s, and is expecting 60 friends and family to be in attendance. “Everyone is excited. They told me they have my back,” he said. “Of course I want to play well and get a win in front of the hometown crowd.” After a … [Read more...]

St. John’s Phil Greene: Exhibition Shows Freshman Finding His Niche With Red Storm

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For as much depth as St. John’s lacks in the frontcourt to begin the 2011-2012, the backcourt is made up of a strong foursome that will compete for minutes. But, in St. John’s first exhibition, it wasn’t sophomore Nurideen Lindsey, a man challenged Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring record at Overbrook HS (PA), or freshman D’Angelo Harrison, who averaged over 30 points during his senior year at Dulles HS (TX) who stole the show. Instead, it was 6’2” combo guard Phil Greene who put up 20 points on 8/10 shooting, including 4/6 from three-point range, as a surprise spark in St. John’s 110-80 exhibition win over C.W. Post. “I just wanted to go out and play hard,” said Greene. “My teammates got me open shots, which opened up the three. They … [Read more...]