Tifton Gazette

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November 15, 2012

Tift County’s Brannen Greene signs with Kansas University

TIFTON — Tift County High’s Brannen Greene inked a national letter of intent Wednesday with the Kansas University Jayhawks.

The 6-foot-7, 200-pound Greene is ranked as the No. 25 overall player by Rivals.com and the No. 5 small forward in the 2013 class.

“Brannen is one of the most skilled 6-foot-7 guys in the country,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “He can shoot it. He can put it down. He’s got good vision. He’s a guy that should have a smooth transition from high school to college, in large part because he is a big guard. He’s not a guy that has been playing inside a lot.”

Last season Greene averaged 25.4 points and 13.9 rebounds for Mary Persons High School in Forsyth, where he was named the Macon Telegraph’s All Middle Georgia Player of the Year. Additionally, Greene carries a 4.0 grade point average in the classroom.

Greene, who verbally committed to KU in December 2011, chose Kansas over Louisville, Connecticut, Florida and Ohio State.

“He committed a long time ago to us and held true to his word,” Self said. “He’s been well coached by his father (Jeffrey) throughout his life and is an outstanding student. His dad was a great player at Pittsburg State and is one of the school’s all-time leading scorers.”

In August, Greene participated in the Under Armor Elite 24 all-star event in Venice Beach, Calif., which considers the best 24 high school players in the country.

“They (the Greene’s) have a beautiful family and he’s playing at a (Tift County) basketball program that is one of the premier programs in Georgia.” Self said. “We truly believe that Brannen’s best basketball is ahead of him.”

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