Lynn Greer III says the “family-like atmosphere” at Roman Catholic prompted him to leave national basketball juggernaut Oak Hill Academy (Va.) after a short stay and return to Broad and Vine Street.
“I missed my teammates, my classmates, the teachers, and the staff,” the junior point guard said Saturday.
Greer transferred to Oak Hill, which last season went 44-1 and advanced to the semifinal round of the Geico Nationals, after helping lead the Cahillites to a PIAA Class 6A state championship.
Oak Hill is a co-educational school with an enrollment of about 150 students. Greer arrived on the campus in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains in late August.
Roman Catholic’s Lynn Greer III (3) drives to the basket in last season’s Catholic League semifinal win over St. Josephs Prep.
“It was about wanting to play on the highest stage possible,” the 6-foot-3, 175-pounder said.
“But even early on, I was thinking about going back to Roman,” Greer said. “I told the coach [Steve Smith] where my head was at then, but he asked me to wait a month before making a final decision.”
Greer is a four-star prospect and the No. 14-ranked lead guard in the country in the class of 2020, according to ESPN. He has scholarship offers from Florida, Louisville, Marquette, Miami and Oregon, among others.
Greer was set to be teammates at Oak Hill with Cole Anthony, a 6-3 senior guard and ESPN’s No. 2 recruit in the country, 6-3 junior guard Cam Thomas (No. 29), and 6-11 senior forward Kofi Cockburn (No. 31).
“I was fitting in well with those guys and expected to get a lot of playing time, but I felt like I had unfinished business at Roman,” Greer said.
Greer applied for re-enrollment at Roman, was officially accepted late last month, and his first day back at school was Nov. 2.
“On behalf of our players and coaches, we’re looking forward to seeing Lynn progress in our program and finish what he started here,” Roman coach Matt Griffin said.
The 16-year-old, who is the son of former Temple star guard Lynn Greer, said his Roman teammates have happily welcomed him back.
“They understand why I left, so there’s been no awkwardness or anything like that,” Greer said.
Roman Catholic’s Seth Lundy (23) battles for rebound in last season’s PIAA Class 6A state championship win over Abraham Lincoln at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Roman returns Green and four seniors: 6-6 wings Seth Lundy, a Penn State recruit, and Hakim Hart (St. Joseph’s), and guards Gabe Perez and Louie Wild.
Roman also brings in two highly touted freshmen: 6-8 power forward Jalen Duren and 6-3 guard Justice Williams. Both are part of USA Basketball’s junior national squad.
Greer could be affected by the PIAA’s new transfer rule, which says any student-athlete who transfers schools after the start of his or her sophomore year is ineligible to compete in the district or state playoffs.
The ineligibility could be waived by a district committee for a “hardship.” Greer’s case is expected to be heard by District 12’s board early next month.
Roman Catholic head coach Matt Griffin.
“We’re definitely going to get a ruling on it,” Griffin said. “Lynn was only out of school for six weeks, and he never played in a game for Oak Hill.”