With high hoops IQ, transfer Greer a boon to Camden
Camden legend Dajuan Wagner knows a little bit about basketball. When Wagner talks about Camden sophomore Corey Greer, he doesn't mention his ability to score, pass and handle as much as something else.
Camden legend Dajuan Wagner knows a little bit about basketball.
When Wagner talks about Camden sophomore Corey Greer, he doesn't mention his ability to score, pass and handle as much as something else.
"He has that basketball IQ," Wagner said of Greer. "He knows how to play."
Greer, the son of former Middle Township star LaMarr Greer, is projected to run the point and serve as floor leader for a Camden team with its sights set on the state championship.
Greer, who spent his freshman season at Middle Township and transferred to Camden in September, joins a veteran team with a pair of established stars in four-year starters Brad Hawkins and Jamal Holloway.
Camden coach John Valore is looking for Greer to control the basketball because of his feel for the game.
"It's still a work in progress," Valore said after a recent scrimmage against St. Augustine Prep. "It's all new to him, the way we do things. But he's working hard."
Greer averaged 11.7 points as a freshman at Middle Township.
He said he moved to Camden in the summer and enrolled at the city's Met East High School, from which students can play sports for Camden High School.
Greer is well aware of Camden's reputation as the most fabled boys' basketball program in South Jersey history.
"It just makes me want to play even better, playing for them," Greer said.
Greer said he was friends with Camden sophomore Miles Thompson before moving to Camden and also knew several other students as he has family in the city.
The 6-foot-1 Greer said he has made a smooth adjustment from a social standpoint and also as a student.
"It's been great - they've welcomed me," Greer said. "I'm learning every day, just trying to get better."
Valore said he wants Greer to "push the basketball" on every possession to get the Panthers into the frontcourt as quickly as possible.
Greer has a knack for getting in the lane. He's more of a scorer than a pure shooter, but the best part of his game might be his ability to pass.
"I'm not worried about scoring," Greer said. "I just want to help the team out in any way that I can. Playing the point, you want to try to get everyone involved.
"That's what I'm trying to do."