Quade Green to Kentucky: Wildcats Land 5-Star PG Prospect

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2016

Quade Green
Quade GreenPhoto credit: Scout.com

Quade Green is the latest elite point guard to join Kentucky, following a long trend of top players Wildcats head coach John Calipari has recruited. 

The 5-star player announced his decision Saturday, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com. 

Green is the No. 25 prospect in the 2017 class and No. 4 point guard, per Scout. While those above the 6'0", 175-pound guard might have more upside thanks to their size or athleticism, the Philadelphia product could end up being one of the best college players of the group.

Green makes up for his lack of size with great spatial awareness. He knows how to create room and get good looks at the basket, which he then turns into points at a high rate. He has the potential to be a lights-out shooter from beyond the arc—either pulling up himself or with catch-and-shoot plays.

While Green had been mostly a scorer in high school, he has improved as a passer recently. According to Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News, he averaged 10.5 assists per game in 15 contests during the Nike EYBL season. 

Adding true point guard skills to an already impressive scoring ability makes Green a dangerous offensive player.

Unsurprising for a player of his caliber, the guard received plenty of interest from the top programs around the country. He narrowed his list to five in October but chose Kentucky over Duke, Villanova, Syracuse and Temple.

"They put a lot of guys in the NBA, so with them recruiting, it made me feel like I'm a pro," Green said of Kentucky, per Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog. "They're recruiting pros."

Although the lack of size and athleticism will likely prevent him from being a one-and-done prospect like so many other recruits under Calipari, Green's upside is obvious. He should be able to contribute immediately, helping the Wildcats remain top contenders nationally.

He is a game-changing talent who will make a lot of fans happy beginning in the 2017-18 season.