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Orr basketball is leaps and bounds from what it once was.
Coach Louis Adams has changed the culture and turned the program’s players into winners.
This season he has a young group of talented players, including a star on the rise in Tyquone Greer, a freakishly athletic 6-7 small forward.
Being one of the top players in Illinois would satisfy most high school basketball players, but Greer wants more. He works too hard to not get the recognition he thinks he deserves. The national rankings for the Class of 2014 were recently released, and Greer wasn’t on the list. It will only motivate him to do more.
“I feel disrespected,’’ Greer said. ‘‘I’m willing to work harder to show people that I’m one of the top players in the country.’’
Greer doesn’t shy away from competing with other talented players. He seeks out the best and wants to play against them.
“I look forward to competition,” Greer said. “Whenever I can play against someone in my class who is ranked and [I] destroy them, it lets people know that I’m better and should be noticed.”
College coaches across the country are hoping they can steer Greer to their school. He is looking for success on the court and in the classroom, so he can be prepared for life after basketball. After his playing days are over, Greer wants to open a retirement home.
“I want to find a school where I can leave my legacy behind, but that offers a great business program as well,” Greer said.
Although he is only a junior, his dream school is Baylor. He thinks he would fit well in the Bears’ program.
“Everyone is big and athletic and they have majors in business,’’ Greer said. ‘‘It’s a perfect fit.”
As much as he wants the best for himself, he cares more about his teammates and winning. After the season he plans to work on all aspects of his game, but he’s focusing on others traits.
“I want to work on being a leader and making my team better,” Greer said. “I love making others around me better.’’