Big East Report: Greene Talks St. John's Commitment; The Latest on DeAndre Daniels

NEW YORK — After Phil Greene committed to St. John’s last Sunday, he received congratulatory phone calls from many of his future teammates.

That’s when he felt he was truly joining a “family.”

“I talked to all of them after I committed,” the 6-foot-2 point guard from Chicago said by phone on The Big East Report. “They just wanted to congratulate me and welcome me to the family.”

Greene, now playing at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., became head coach Steve Lavin’s ninth commit for 2011. He joins Amir Garrett of Los Angeles, Maurice Harkless of Queens, D’Angelo Harrison of Sugar Land, Texas, Norvel Pelle of Compton, Calif., Sir’Dominic Pointer of Detroit, Jakarr Sampson of Akron, Ohio, Dwight Meikle of Uniondale, N.Y., and junior college transfer Nurideen Lindsey of Philadelphia.

Those eight players signed their Letters of Intent in November and became the No. 3-ranked recruiting class in the nation.

Greene will sign his NLI in the spring.

He made the decision to pick St. John’s over Oklahoma State, Arizona State, DePaul, West Virginia and Baylor after visiting campus last weekend, and watching St. John’s blow out No. 9 Notre Dame, 72-54, at Madison Square Garden.

“It was fun going up there, seeing them play well against Notre Dame,” he said. “They got the win. They play my style of play; they play up-and-down. They’re really going to let you get after it. Coach Lavin is a really good coach and I got a real good feel for them when I was up there.”

With guards Dwight Hardy and Malik Boothe leaving the program after this season, Lavin plans to use “interchangeable guards” next year, relying on Greene, Malik Stith, Harrison and Lindsey.

“Coach Lavin said us three guards that’s coming in, we’re going to be the primary ball-handlers, to keep the pressure off the wings, just handle the ball, score and keep the team involved, and be his voice on the court,” Greene said.

IMG coach Andy Borman says St. John’s is “getting a kid that can do a lot of different things offensively and defensively.”

“He’s a guard that can play baseline to baseline about as quick as any guard in the country,” Borman said. “I mean, he can really go. He can creates fast-break and secondary opportunities not just off the rebound, but also off the inbounding pass. So I think how quick Phil is really helps him.

“For as quick as he is and as he can score in a variety of a different ways, I think his competitiveness is what really separates him. He’s a kid that’s willing to get in and defend. And he’s a tough Chicago kid.”

Greene knows there’s a lot of hype surrounding next year’s class and he said the sky’s the limit for the Johnnies in future years.

“We could be really good once we start jelling and playing together,” he said. “St. John’s can be back. We have a lot of talent coming and there’s a lot of hope for us, so we’ve got to come through and perform.”

LATEST ON DEANDRE DANIELS

As for the latest on 6-8 swingman DeAndre Daniels, Borman said he remains in limbo and is still at IMG for the moment.

A onetime Texas commit, he had narrowed his list to Kansas, Kentucky and Texas. The first day of spring semester classes at Kansas is Friday.

“Right now, we’re still waiting,” Borman said. “DeAndre and his dad, I give them a lot of credit. They’ve been extremely thorough with this recruiting process. They’ve still got another four or five days before they’ve got to make up their mind. Choosing between those three schools and also the possibility of coming back to IMG in the second semester, I know it’s not one that they take lightly. But I think we’ll all get our verdict pretty soon on that.”

When he does arrive on a college campus, Borman expects Daniels to have an immediate impact.

“He’s going to be an impact player,” Borman said.”He’s 6-8, 6-9, he weighs about 197 right now so he’s put on 17 pounds. He can score. He’s a three. So even though he’s 6-9 he’s a face-up three. He’s a guard, he’s not a four. So he’s going to create a lot of matchup problems. He’s a tough kid, too.

“So he’s going to be an impact player, just like Phil will be on the next level, and immediately on the next level.”

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131 comments
rob
rob

its pretty obvious that the people who own the Nets will buy the Islanders. end of story desole Quebec!

orange
orange

This will go down quietly just like Atlanta going to Winnipeg boom bang done so get ready for another Canadian team right here in Quebec

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

anyway, regardless what the jets and the giants did, islanders aren't moving to nj.

Brian Tierno
Brian Tierno

Guys I am just as anxious as everyone on here but nothing has happened yet to celebrate ,if and when it does ill be dancing in the street!!!!

gowhale
gowhale

Don't be fooled...Wang only bought this team as leverage in a real estate development proposition, his Lighthouse project.  I truly believe that he was spited for this by the TOH and that's why the Lighthouse was rejected.

mrcisback
mrcisback

                 I don't understand all the negativity coming from "some" Islander fans. You got your wish, Wang is going to sell the team. Everyone who constantly posts "Wang sucks and sell the team you crook", well your prayers have been answered. I thought all Islander fans would be very happy but some of the the comments i"m reading are just baffling. If you hate the organization that much then stop going to Islander games, stop watching them on TV and stop listening on the radio. Put your money where your mouth is. I was a big Knick fan and went to games and watched but i finally got tired of the nonsense with the Knicks and haven't watched them in 15 years. Lets just hope who buys the team hires some good hockey people and shows a real interest in the team. 

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

The wet dream is that the new owner has deep pockets, good intentions, and knowledge about how to run a sports team, keeps the team in Nassau County, hires a qualified GM, hires a coach like Peter Laviolette, and builds the team around John Tavares.

crazyjoedavola
crazyjoedavola

I just checked. I am in fact awake, and its no where near my birthday.

John Niemczyk
John Niemczyk

Wang was decent the first few years, actually seemed to want to win , but like a spoiled kid when he didn't get his land deal he threw a temper tantrum and took it out not on TOH but Islander fans by letting the team become a minor league operation


camb33
camb33

If Wang does sell, does the new owner  keep the shcills that are one this site on the payroll or are they cleaning house? If new owner is big on corsi I know a guy you probably shouldn't fire

frank vescio
frank vescio

Any idea on how fast Snowball would be thrown out the door if this goes through? I say he doesn't last more than 24 hrs. Cappy finishes the season, never to be heard from again

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

Chris Botta twitter account...


- NHL source confirms Bob Mc's Isles sale talks tweet. But source says:

1. Deal far from complete 2. Wang furious over news leak

orange
orange

How does this sound the Russian Islanders that's what will happen the first team outside north america to be in the NHL

Dean Patrick
Dean Patrick

Que the Benny Hill theme song please....it's going to be a very very interesting offseason

mitchfritz
mitchfritz

@orange

this is my only fear.....but if it takes facing this as a potential risk for the reward of riding the organization of a cancer and writing the ship here in new York metro area..so be it...

br
br

To you and all others that are happy that wang selling team you are all blind morons. When new owner comes in buys team that will be playing in Brooklyn you really think this new owner gonna care about people of Long Island ? No he won't and he will change name of team to reflect their new home. So you idiots keep celebrating like it or not Charles wang owning team is only hope of islanders name surviving

mitchfritz
mitchfritz

@mrcisback

not so fast mr.c but keep your fingers crossed...as for the venom,,until he says its done...he's gonna be looked at as a hostage holder to most..

Keeping the team in Nassau just isn't going to happen.

Chris R
Chris R

@John Niemczyk  thats because the LH deal was in the works and not dead yet....The man is a sham and should be fed to the dogs

shamwow
shamwow

@John Niemczyk

Chuck Wang was "decent"?

Chuck is a criminal degenerate; decency has never been his calling.

Don22
Don22

@John Niemczyk I don't think temper tantrum is the right assimilation.  I think he just ran it like a business that is losing money.  What do you do when that happens?  You circle the wagons, tighten belts, consolidate resources and stop spending.  I'm not defending him - just saying he isn't doing what he is doing out of spite.  If he were that ticked off, he would have just sold the team outright.  But as a businessman he knows that's not a smart thing to do.  The smart thing is to run on a shoestring until you get the company back into a position to be sold.  Now he has a great least at Barclay that guarantees a new owner money.  The team is in position to be sold for the least amount of loss possible or even a profit.

tag1
tag1

@camb33 I know one poster on here who always tells us "wang is the owner he's not going anywhere deal with it' is very upset over this news.

Isles Fanatic
Isles Fanatic

@slapshot18_rs ...makes you wonder if he is furious over the leaks.... over how people seem to be overjoyed...hehe #windsofchange

John Richards
John Richards

Wang should be furious at the crappy product he peddles every year disguised as an NHL team!!

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@br  i can see worrying about the team being moved.  and i can see worrying about getting another lousy owner.  but i really can't see worrying about a new owner wanting to change the name of the team, assuming it stays here.  why would someone want to do that?

Chris R
Chris R

@br  keep drinking dude..your out of your mind

Don22
Don22

@mitchfritz @mrcisbackRight.  It's probably going to happen sooner than later, but we're counting out chickens before they hatch.


But Mitch, let's be honest - there are guys here that seem to complain just to complain.  Speaking of which, have you seen any posts from Orange27.. lately?  I kid about lumping him in with complainers - but seriously, I don't think I've seen him posting in a while.  Did he get banned?   I hope all is ok.  I've fought with him a lot but he still is a good contributor. 

gjet93
gjet93

Thank you Kate Murray.

Brian Tierno
Brian Tierno

 you don't know that , that's one thing I know for sure!!!

rmreturns
rmreturns

@don..are you applying basic business sense to this situation. Where an owner has a bad building, a worse lease, no hope of making money. So he cuts costs, invests in talent and waits until he can change his business model to one that offers potential profit.

Shame on you Don. The first business of business is to please the fans, not make money. Their are a bunch of folks here who will tell you that over beer, as long as you are buying the beer. They will happily have you spend your money, while telling you how cheap your taste in beer.

shamwow
shamwow

@tag1 @camb33

RM is faxing his shill resume to Barclays at this very minute.

Good luck, old sport!

frank vescio
frank vescio

@tag1 @camb33  There's a few paid schill's running for the hills as we speak! 

Chris R
Chris R

@John Richards  Unreal...aww poor baby wang furious at leak.. how about showing just half of that passion towards the team you jack-off

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@John Richards  hes a stubborn POS.  knowing him, he'll hold onto the team in spite.


also, his asking price for the team is $300 mil (botta), so not too sure he'll get a bite on that either. 

br
br

This is why I worry. The name islanders makes sense right now. What about 5 years from now when they in Brooklyn for 5 years as time goes by the name will have no purpose it will be a Brooklyn team and I guarantee name will be changed to reflect that

dzruggie
dzruggie

@dkdk  Not exactly true. The land deal fell through so he gambled that the county - fans would build the arena and that was voted down.  When that failed he moved the team.  My point is there was a time after the failed land grab where he could have decided to move to Brooklyn BEFORE they built the Barclays and they could have built a 2 sport arena there,

dkdk
dkdk

And wang gives a flying f? Really? That is funny. As soon as his land grab failed he stopped spending, stopped negotiating with the town and MOVED the team.

mitchfritz
mitchfritz

@Brian Tierno

I agree..if this is the ratner group we're talking about here..really throws a monkey wrench into it....

dzruggie
dzruggie

@rmreturns  Absolutely correct about the business aspect.  The reality and the point that bothers the common fan is that his initial spending appeared to link to the idea of increasing the importance / value of the on ice product to better posture his bargaining position to push the Lighthouse project.  Of course the town said no to the scale and then the market tanked and thus the need to apply basic operating principals Don mentions above.  It is in this context that the perception of him being only about the land takes hold.  

For me I believe that if he spent to the cap max it would not change his basic revenue stream from his TV deal and the "extra" fans in the seats would not produce enough revenue to cover the salaries and cost, so again the only option is what you and Don mention above.

People take that personally though.......

Chris R
Chris R

@John Richards   absolutely dude..i don't get it.. its basic math..good team = money..Wang is just one dumb A-hole.

shamwow
shamwow

@tag1 @shamwow@camb33

And when you dig a little deeper into the numbers cited in that Forbes article the shill continually crows about, it's obvious Chuck hasn't lost money owning the Islanders over the past decade...

The 20M yearly Cable TV contract money more than offsets the Team's average annual Operating Loss of -8.2M for the past decade...

A fraud through and through...

But that's what Chuck's best at.

John Richards
John Richards

Absolutely wangfraud puts a better product on the ice let's say they make the playoffs 4-5-6 years in a row have one or two big runs the team is not looked upon as a joke!! Imagine let's say, 5 years in a row where the team has 8-10 playoff games at home maybe even a run like the bolts did in 2011 or the ducks did in 2006/07!! There would be a new nvmc built already and we wouldn't be playing in jay-zs bball joint in 2015!!

tag1
tag1

@shamwow @camb33 He's still whining about the lease and the building, the lease was changed years ago by Suozzi and if wang hired the right people and not his backup goalie as GM for starters he would have filled that building at full price tickets and considering he only lost a little over a million last season he could have made money there with a better product on the ice..