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UH basketball receives commitment from Houston Christian guard

The Hawaii men's basketball team desperately needed people who could perform, and Marcus Greene needed a place to showcase his skills before embarking on a planned professional career.

A recent opportunity sounded “too good to be true” for the former Houston Christian University guard from Gilroy, Calif., who committed Thursday to play for the Rainbow Warriors for his final year of college eligibility in 2024-25 .

The 6-foot-2 Greene led the Huskies in total points during the 2023-24 season and was second in scoring average with 15.1 points per game while averaging 42.7 in his only season with the Southland Conference program % made on 3-point shots.

He entered the transfer portal immediately after HCU finished its season at 6-23 and replaced head coach Ron Cottrell on March 7. He said Hawaii contacted him in mid-April and he made an official visit last weekend.

UH lost four of five starters and its top six scorers from last season.

“It definitely played a role,” Greene told Spectrum News in a phone interview. “It’s my senior year, so I want to make an impact wherever I go. That's what I'm looking for and that's what they're looking for me for. It’s just time to get to work.”

He said St. Bonaventure, which he also attended, was the other program he thought about the most. But UH offered the opportunity for multiple road trips to his home state.

Greene said he plans to sign with UH in the coming days after he returns to Gilroy from the spring semester at HCU.

UH will be Greene's third Division I program. He began his career as a reserve player at Sacramento State University and transferred to Panola (Texas) College for one season before returning to DI at HCU.

According to kenpom.com, HCU was rated 355 out of 362 DI programs.

But Greene was an efficient player throughout. He played and started in 28 of a possible 29 games, shot 45.1% from the field, 78.6% from the free throw line and led his team with a team-high 3.0 assists per game.

Greene scored the highest point total of his career in a loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on February 26.

“I just stay diligent in my work, diligent in my craft,” Greene said of how he got through the season. “I know the shots I can reach, the shots I can hit, and I just…put the work in so that when the game comes, I'm ready to hit those shots. Unfortunately, yes, we didn't do that.” There isn't a lot of team success, but I would say as an individual I have to keep a positive attitude and work in the gym so that when the chances to win arise in the games, I would be ready would compete to get a win.”

He will be offered some compensation for his name, image and image to play at UH, but Greene said he is more concerned about the long-term prospects that a good season could provide.

UH is believed to still have five scholarships available for next season. UH signed former Utah Tech center Tanner Christensen this spring and signed guard Aaron Hunkin-Claytor and winger AJ Aconomou last fall.

Brian McInnis covers the state's sports scene for Spectrum News Hawaii. He can be reached at [email protected].

Editor's note: This story has been updated with an interview with Greene. (May 2, 2024)

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