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Greer siblings, Logyn + EJ, see their games surge at the same time

12/20/2022, 12:00pm EST
By Josh Verlin

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & 
Owen McCue (@Owen_McCue)

If there was a basketball version of Build-A-Bear, Logyn and Earle ‘EJ’ Greer Jr. look exactly like the type of prospects most coaches would design.

The siblings almost look like they’ve been created in a lab: EJ, the older brother, is north of 6-foot-7, a big wing guard with length and bounce; Logyn, the younger sister, is a 6-3 forward, with length and upside that few players around can match. 

Despite being three years apart — EJ’s at Rocktop Academy, where he joined the class of 2023 after transferring from Delco Christian, while Logyn is a sophomore at Friends’ Central — they’re both experiencing major breakthroughs at the same time, college attention pouring onto the Greer siblings from all across the country.

“Myself and my wife, we’re both very proud,” Earle Greer Sr. said. “It’s really been exciting, you know?”

Friends' Central sophomore Logyn Greer, above, mentioned Penn State, Georgetown and St. Joe's among her college offers. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

They’re the children of two ballplayers: Earle Sr. played at East Stroudsburg, where he’s a member of the school’s athletics Hall of Fame after scoring 1,556 career points; their mother, Reanie (Holmes) Greer, played at the Scotland School for Veterans’ Children, located in the middle of the state, though didn’t continue her career into college. 

They met by chance at a supermarket, got married in 2001 and settled in Lansdowne, their two children following in the years to come. And there was no doubt about what sport they’d pick up.

“Our parents got us both into (basketball) at the same time,” Logyn said. “I just thought it was fun. I loved it from the start. I got into it when I was young so I just kept building.”

It was EJ who was first at Friends’ Central, going there from kindergarten up until 8th, when he transferred to Delco Christian, where he stayed through 11th grade before transferring to Rocktop. Logyn arrived at Friends’ Central, located on City Avenue in Wynnewood, for her preschool years, and hasn’t left.

It’s been within the last year that they both started gaining serious attention from the next level, though not quite at the same time. 

Logyn’s came first, with offers from Penn State, Georgetown and St. Joe’s, among others, the first coming in the spring and then more following throughout the offseason. A wing forward with long arms, she’s got the ability to step out and knock down 3-point shots as well as guard the rim, an intriguing mix of size, versatility, and upside that has college coaches quite interested. She said she just learned how to block shots last season — something she’s become quite adept at.

“Logyn’s going to be a high-major, by the time she’s finished,” her brother said. “She’s going to keep getting better, keep getting better.”

Rocktop Academy postgrad EJ Greer saw his recruiting interest surge this fall. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

She was an eye-opener to FCS coach Vinny Simpson when the former Hampton standout and longtime pro took over the Phoenix program midway through last season, not needing to be too familiar with the women’s game to know what kind of potential Logyn had.

“My first game coaching was against George School and I just started her,” he said. “She was shocked, and I think that gave her a lot of confidence because she ended up playing real well that game, having like 14 points, eight rebounds. 

“She played her a** off, but she was really, really tired because she didn’t [usually] play that much,” he said. “When I (saw) her, I was like, ‘Wow. She can be something. She can be special.’”

Now a full-time starter, she’s averaging 14.4 ppg and 8.1 rpg, with a couple assists, blocks and steals for good measure. She had one of her most dominant outings this past weekend at the She Got Game Shore Games, posting a 28-point, seven-rebound performance.

“I’m more confident,” Logyn said. “Way more confident. Over the summer I worked out a whole bunch. Now, it’s starting to pay off.”

“Defensively, she’s a motherf*****,” Simpson said. “She can guard any position. She rolls. She blocks shots. That’s her biggest attribute is defense. That’s her blessing right there.”

EJ’s growth was more gradual. Though he’d sprouted from being a 5-6 guard up past 6-foot earlier in his high school years, it wasn’t until more recently that he’d gotten to his current 6-7 frame. Breaking his wrist in the first game of the summer live periods didn’t help matters either, college coaches not really getting a chance to see the player he’d become until this fall.

Since Rocktop’s gotten its season underway, EJ has continuously put up big scoring numbers, like a 43-point outing against Peddie School (N.J.), with a host of other 20 and 30-plus games.

“I love the way he’s playing right now, he made that jump over the last month,” Rocktop coach Sam Rines said in November. “It’s not like last year he was the same player — no, this year he’s a much better player, this month he’s a much better player, because it’s really month-to-month.”

Logyn Greer, right, blocks a shot during a game earlier this season. (Photo: Owen McCue/CoBL)

Once he started playing in front of college coaches again in October and November, college interest came quickly. Manhattan, UAB, NJIT and Florida International have offered EJ, with interest from La Salle, St. John’s, Fresno State and Jackson State, he told CoBL.

Visits are planned to most of the schools that have offered, but he’s in no rush to make a selection.

“It’s just exciting,” he said. “Took a lot of work to be able to trust the people around me and just help me through the whole process.”

Long and lean, with the skills of a guard but the size of a ‘3’ man, EJ plays with the ball in his hands, capable of knocking down shots from all over the court when he’s hot, whether that’s NBA-range 3-pointers or mid-range pull-ups, and he’s a nifty finisher around the bucket. 

He’s not always the most efficient, partly due to a style of play that encourages aggressive shot-taking and high-scoring, up-and-down contests, but he always flashes a variety of abilities in every contest.

“When you’re small like that, you have to develop your guard skills, have a decent handle, and I taught both the kids to shoot,” Earle Sr. said. “Now that they’re taller, they’re still able to dribble, able to see the floor a little better, and if you can shoot, it’s all coming together at the same time.”

A prep school basketball team without the restrictions of a state governing body, Rocktop Academy plays a grueling schedule that starts in November and goes into March, playing at showcase games and events all over the country. 

It’s a far different pace from the 22-game PIAA schedule, playing about three times as many games if not more, and Greer went through it his first year with Rocktop.

“Last year was rough,” EJ said. “I was new to it, I was a little younger, not as strong, so my body went through a lot. I had to get right, get my conditioning up, play more time, take a leadership role and learn a lot.”

Busy working on their own games, there hasn’t been as much time of late for the Greers to match up in the driveway like they used to. Logyn quipped that EJ is ‘scared’ now that she’s budding into a dominant player of her own.

Talking to both, however, there’s a lot of pride in how far they’ve come since mom and dad put a ball in their hands many years ago, particularly within the last calendar year.

It’s the same for their parents who are watching both of their kids getting closer and closer to their dreams.

“We’re both very proud, like I said, it’s been good, it’s been exciting,” Earle Sr. said.

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