Versatile center/power forward for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association, Greg Monroe, has been carving a niche for himself since he got drafted as the 7th overall pick by the Detroit Pistons. Greg eventually became the last man to sport Pistons #10 shirt after it was retired as an honor to Dennis Rodman on April 1st, 2011.
Greg also played basketball during his years at both Helen Cox High School and Georgetown University. At Helen Cox, the young star helped put his alma mater on the map with his outstanding skills. His college stats at Georgetown University were quite impressive and he was consequently named Big East Rookie of the Year in 2009.
Who Is Greg Monroe Of NBA?
The American-born basketball player was born in Harvey, Louisiana, on June 4, 1990. He was raised by his parents Norma Jean Monroe (mother) and Gregory Monroe Snr (father) alongside his sister Brittany Monroe. He was named Gregory Keith Monroe Jr at birth.
The history of his academics can be traced to Helen Cox High School where he made very good stats as an amateur in basketball. He graduated from Georgetown University in 2010 with a handful of prestigious awards and accolades. His NBA draft followed immediately after graduation in 2010.
Things You Need To Know About The NBA Star
- His High School Days
He had a great impact on Helen Cox High School Basketball team. His several awards and accolades during high school gave the school a lot of recognition, making it a basketball powerhouse in recent times.
- Body Stats
The gigantic basketball player is 6 feet 9 inches tall (2.11 m), he weighs a total of 120 kg (265 lb). It is believed that his frame has helped him thrive in the game.
- NBA Career
Greg’s professional career started after he was selected by the Detroit Pistons as the 7th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He stayed with the team until 2015 when he joined the Milwaukee Bucks where he spent a couple of years before moving over to the Phoenix Suns in 2017. He was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2018 and later to Toronto Raptors, his current team.
- Awards and Accolades
Greg Monroe has bagged several awards and commendations in the course of his ongoing career. In 2011, he was named among the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. This B-baller has won the Pete Newell Big Man Award, he made the All-Big East first team and the All-American-Ap and NABC third team in 2010.
That’s not all, Greg bagged the Big East Rookie of the Year award in 2009 and was equally named among the year’s Big East All-Rookie Team. He’s a two-time Louisiana Mr. Basketball (2007, 2008) and also clinched the McDonalds All-American honor in the latter year.
Many charitable organizations and a good number of the less privileged would surely attest to the philanthropic nature of the celebrated basketball player. It is known that he assisted in the rebuilding of his high school which was ravaged by the 2005 Hurricane Katrina.
Greg equally helped in the publication of the 2011 Piston Care Telethons which benefitted the Boys and Girls Club of Michigan through fundraising, totaling over $350,000. He has assisted in the distribution of food to the less privilege at multiple food distribution events among other charitable gestures.
- Greg’s Net Worth
The famed basketballer’s net worth is not very certain but some unreliable sources have pegged it at a whopping $45 million with the positive potential to grow bigger in the nearest future.
- Monroe picked the Celtics over his hometown’s Pelicans
Being in the position to make a choice between his hometown team and another can be said to be one of the most difficult tasks the basketballer has ever faced. It was a tough choice for Greg Monroe who chose to go with the Celtics against the New Orleans Pelicans. According to him, it was a difficult decision but he just had to choose the Celtics – for reasons best known to him.
- Greg’s family sat out the 2005 Hurricane Katrina in Houston
After the natural disaster of 2005, Greg Monroe and his family moved. The hurricane which happened during the first week of Greg’s second year in high school made him spend one month at another school before his family came back home.