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Former St. John's guard Phil Greene IV confident he'll be drafted

St. John's guard Phil Greene IV drives the

St. John's guard Phil Greene IV drives the ball against Tulane in the first half of a Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival basketball game at Barclays Center on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Former St. John's point guard Phil Greene IV is making the rounds, traveling from NBA city to NBA city to work out for teams, and believes he has a good chance of getting drafted.

After working out for the Nets Tuesday, Greene talked about a recent experience with the ultimate gym rat -- new St. John's coach Chris Mullin.

"We played two-on-two actually," Greene said. "He still can shoot it. He liked to back-door pass a lot. Old-man moves, but it works."

Greene spoke highly of his old coach, Steve Lavin, saying he "rebuilt the program" and brought "cool" back to St. John's, and of where Mullin could take the Red Storm. But Greene, who averaged 12.9 points and 1.6 assists as a senior, is solely focused on his future and the June 25 NBA Draft.

He has worked out for the 76ers, Clippers and Nets, and is scheduled to visit the Raptors Wednesday. More workouts are lined up for Greene as he hopes to spark some team's interest.

"I think I've been doing very well," he said. "I've been shooting the ball very well, competing on the defensive end and talking to my teammates, getting everyone involved. That's the biggest thing."

In many mock drafts, Greene isn't yet projected to be selected in the two rounds. But he said he thinks it could happen.

"I think it's a great chance right now," Greene said. "I'm getting great feedback from the teams that I worked out with. [My agent] told me just keep it up. We'll see how it goes."

Even if Greene isn't drafted, he could be signed as a free agent and make a team. Gregg Polinsky, the Nets' director of player personnel, was impressed with what Greene showed.

"We saw what you pretty much saw over the course of his career at St. John's," Polinsky said. "A guy that's really quick with the basketball, can create his own shot, can get space for his shot, competes. I think Phil had a good career. I think he's going to have a shot."

Greene says he's emphasized competing on the defensive end, talking and showing stamina to impress team executives and coaches. He said all the traveling is "exhausting" but he is enjoying these experiences.

"I think of every workout as an opportunity to showcase what I can do," Greene said. "I also look at them as blessings. I just want to go out and give my all and see what happens next."

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