Towson Catholic's Greene orally commits to Syracuse


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High Schools

October 12, 2005|By PAT O'MALLEY

Saying he wanted "to keep things from getting hectic and focus on my schoolwork," junior Donte' Greene of Towson Catholic announced yesterday that he has orally committed to Syracuse University for a basketball scholarship.

Greene, 6 feet 9, 210 pounds, was a second-team All-Metro forward last season as a sophomore for the Baltimore Catholic League runner-up and No. 7 Owls (26-12).

Greene has the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Carmelo Anthony, who was The Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year at Towson Catholic in 2001.

Anthony went on to Syracuse and led the Orangemen to a national title in his freshman year, turned pro and is a star in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets.

"I talked to Carmelo a couple times on how the coaches were at Syracuse, but when it came down to it, it was how I felt," Greene said.

Greene played in relative obscurity last year in high school, but that changed in the summer when a number of Division I schools, including Syracuse and Maryland, took notice of Greene's play at the Nike Camp in Indianapolis at the end of June.

So, why Syracuse over Maryland?

"No disrespect to Gary Williams and his staff, Keith Booth and Coach [Rob] Moxley, but Coach [Rob] Murphy [Syracuse assistant] would call and talk to me when he was allowed to and let me know that Syracuse was there," Greene said.

"He was more consistent with keeping in touch. Coach Williams was there occasionally, but their way of recruiting is different. I'm a big guy on contact and letting me know that you're there. That was a key."

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