IMG Academy basketball program alum, Phil Greene, is ready to make an impact at St. Johns this basketball season. Before going to college Greene has played for IMG Academy basketball program coach Loren Jackson at three separate teams with the last stop being IMG Academy.
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The 6-foot-2, 178-pound Greene was a huge get for St. John's, but his path to college was far from straight and direct.
He attended three high schools in two states â but they all had one thing in common.
Chicago native Loren Jackson coached Greene at each of his stops at Fenger High, Julian High and IMG Academy.
âHe's an excellent coach,â Greene told SNY.tv last week. âI look at him as a father figure. He's been coaching me for like three, four years and I have a lot of trust in him.â
âHis dad and I grew up together since we're about seven years old, so that's a pretty long relationship,â Jackson said in a phone interview.
So every time Jackson switched schools, moving from Fenger to Julian to IMG, he brought Greene with him.
âBasically he would know in advance before the season would be over,â Greene said. âHe would be like, âI'm thinking about taking this job offer and I would like for you to come with me.'