Monroe should continue Hoya Paranoia
October, 15, 2007
John Thompson III shocked the college basketball recruiting world when he received a verbal commitment from 6-10 PF Greg Monroe (Gretna, La.), the No. 7 ranked recruit in the ESPN 150. Monroe's commitment brings his highly secretive and competitive recruiting process to a sudden, unexpected conclusion. Just two weeks ago, he narrowed down his extensive list of schools to five (LSU, Duke, Texas, Connecticut, Georgetown). After trimming the list down, he stated that had no timetable for his decision and would probably go into the late signing period before he made a decision. Monroe returned Sunday from his visit and then delivered the surprise commitment.
Monroe has the ability to easily perform every task on the basketball court, much in the same manner in which Lamar Odom, another left-handed combo-forward, does for the Los Angeles Lakers. Monroe has smooth footwork and post moves, which allows him to easily score on the block, seeming just as comfortable facing up in the post or playing with his back to the basket. Despite his size, Monroe has the ability to consistently knock down perimeter jump shots with range that extends out to 15-17 feet. He has very good lateral quickness and surprisingly deft ball-handling skills for a player of his height.