By Mychal Hunter
Kentucky sophomore Quade Green announced his intention to transfer today. I first saw the rumor from Kyle Tucker, and it was later confirmed by Evan Daniels of 247sports.
Green, a former five star recruit, averaged 9.0 points, 2.6 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 43 career games. In his sophomore season though, he saw his role diminish and his minutes shrink from 25.6 per game last season to 17.8 in 2018-19.
Yet another basketball factory recruiting over their players and going with the new great thing.
In 2016 Green was a hot commodity. Syracuse was long thought to be the favorite in his recruitment. In fact, some have even claimed that Green gave one of those infamous “silent commitments” on his unofficial visit to Orange Country in early November of 2016. Eight days later he committed to John Calipari and one day after that, signed his letter of intent.
Strange how often “surprising” and “unexpected” things happen when discussing Kentucky and Duke. These kids are really drawn to tradition I guess.
Of course, since then things have changed a bit. Mike Hopkins, Syracuse’s recruiting wizard, is now at Washington. On top of that, would Syracuse fans welcome Green into the program after he supposedly left them high and dry? I would imagine so. Simply put, the kid is talented. Frank Howard is a senior and Tyus Battle is almost assuredly going pro after the season concludes. Howard Washington has never really moved the needle, though he has yet to really receive an opportunity either. Jalen Carey is obviously a really nice player and incoming freshman Joe Girard III has potential, but, again, we KNOW Green is talented.
La Salle has been mentioned, which makes sense, Quade is a Philly kid, he played his high school ball at Neumann Goretti.
As a prep player, Green’s final five was Kentucky, Syracuse, Duke, Temple and Villanova. Duke is out I would imagine. I figure Green has learned his lesson with that type of program. Temple, again, Philly program. It makes sense.
Villanova is interesting. The Wildcats also figure to possibly have an opening in the back court soon. In case you missed it, Jahvon Quinerly in a moment of what can only be described as absolute brilliance, posted this on his instagram page briefly:
That level of brilliance is hard to find. Actually, who am I kidding? I have Barstool and Chive on my phone, this stupidity happens every 18 seconds.
Green checks the boxes for Villanova. Shoots it well. Plays both guard slots. His defense is “eh”, but he has athleticism.
So in the end, who knows where Quade will end up? He certainly has options and plenty of good ones. East Coast? West Coast? Home? They are all on the table.
I have always advocated recruits taking their time and selecting the best FIT for their collegiate careers and not just the sexiest name. This development only solidifies that belief.