Camden Catholic's Green signs with Temple

Fran Dunphy and the Temple Owls will square off with Syracuse on Dec. 22. (Steve Helber/AP file photo)

Kyle Green has been a gym rat for most of his life.

So the significance of the moment wasn't lost on the Camden Catholic senior when he signing a national letter of intent Wednesday to attend Temple University on a basketball scholarship.

"It was a big moment for me," Green said. "It let me know that all my hard work had paid off."

The 6-foot-5 Green, who led South Jersey in scoring with a 22.7-point average last season, first was offered a scholarship by Temple coach Fran Dunphy during Green's sophomore year.

Green said he seriously considered several other college program, especially Florida Atlantic, but believed his first offer was his best offer.

"It really came down to Coach Dunphy," Green said. "I built a great relatiosnhip with him, with the other coaches, with the players. I realized Temple was the right place for me."

Green has been immersed in basketball for most of his life. His parents, Bill and Trish, were top players at Gloucester Catholic.

Green was a top player for St. Margaret's grammar school in Woodbury Heights and have been active on the AAU scene for years. His brother, Matt, is a sophomore at Camden Catholic who is projected as a varsity contributor this season.

Green enters his senior season with 1,163 career points. Barring injury, he likely will become the program's all-time leading scorer and could make a run at 2,000 points.

Although Green was excited to sign with Temple, he said he quickly realized that he needed to get back to work.

"I know I worked hard for this," Green said. "But once I sign, it was out the window. I knew I had to get back to proving it on the basketball court."

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