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Greene playing for the Kings.
|No. 20 - Sacramento Kings|
|Power forward / Small forward|
|Date of birth:||February 21, 1988 |
|Nationality:||German / American|
|Listed height: '||6 ft 11 in|
|Listed weight:||226 lbs|
|NBA Draft:||2008; Round: 1 / Pick: 28th|
|Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Donté Greene at NBA.com|
Donté Dominic Greene (born February 21, 1988, in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany) is a German/American professional basketball player, currently playing for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. A 6-foot-9, 250 pound forward from Baltimore, Maryland, he played for the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team in his freshman year. Greene was selected as the 28th overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2008 NBA Draft.
Greene attended Towson Catholic High School, where he averaged 18.4 ppg., 6.8 rpg., 3.0 apg., 2.1 spg. and 4.3 bpg. as a senior in 2006–07 and helped Towson Catholic to a 32–6 record and to its second consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League titles.
He was a 2007 McDonald's All-American, Maryland's 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year, was named to the Nike Brand All-America Team and selected to play in the 2007 Jordan Classic. In the class of 2007, he ranked as the No. 7 overall recruit and No. 2 power forward by scout.com and as No. 10 overall and the No. 3 small forward by rivals.com.
Greene was named as a 2006 USA Men's U18 National Team member on June 26, 2006. He averaged 3.5 ppg. and 1.0 rpg. as the USA captured a 4–0 mark and the gold medal at the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men in San Antonio, Texas.
Greene would once again play on Team USA in the 2007 USA Basketball U19 World Championships. Although he was slowed by a shoulder injury, Greene played in eight-of-nine contests and averaged 4.3 points and 1.5 rebounds. The team took home the silver medal after losing to Serbia in the championship game.
Greene attended college at Syracuse University, in Syracuse, New York, where he played college basketball for the Syracuse Orange.
In his freshman year of college, Greene started all 35 games he appeared in and led Syracuse in scoring with 17.7 points to go along with 7.2 rebounds per game. He became the first Syracuse freshmen since Carmelo Anthony to lead Syracuse in scoring, while setting a new SU freshmen record for 3-pointers in one season, notching 90, surpassing Gerry McNamara, who previously held the record with 85. Greene also led Syracuse with 57 blocks. He was named to the Big East All Rookie Team.
However, Greene struggled in Big East play, where he shot just 28.6 percent (40-for-140) from downtown. While he led Syracuse in scoring, he also took more shots than anyone on the team, and had more turnovers (91) than assists (71). He was also criticized for his poor shot selection and porous defense. Greene and Jonny Flynn were the country's second-highest scoring freshman duo. In April, 2008 Greene declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft. Greene had 19 points and 13 rebounds in an 85–73 Syracuse victory over Seton Hall on March 5, 2008. Greene also scored a season-high 27 points in an 87–81 NIT win over Robert Morris on March 18, 2008.
Greene was selected in the first round (28th pick overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. He was later traded by Memphis to the Houston Rockets. Greene signed with the Rockets on July 15, 2008, and proceeded to score 40 points in his summer league debut at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. He hit 12–20 field goals, including 5-of-10 threes, to go along with 11-of-12 free throws. On July 30, 2008, according to NBA front-office sources confirmed to ESPN.com, it was agreed that Greene, along with Bobby Jackson, a 2009 first-round draft pick and an excess of $1 million, were to be traded by the Rockets to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Ron Artest. The deal was made official on August 14, when Greene (per NBA rules) was eligible to be traded after signing a contract with Houston on July 14.
NBA Development League
On January 10, 2009, Greene was assigned to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. He was the first player the Kings had ever sent to the D-League. In his first game with Reno, he scored 26 points in a 93–91 Bighorns win over the Bakersfield Jam. After performances of 14, 18, and 16 points in his next three games, he scored 28 points, with 14 scored in the final quarter, in a 117–103 win over the Utah Flash on January 17. Greene was recalled to the Kings that same day.
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