Kentucky Sports Radio will preview every player heading into UK’s Bahamas trip starting on August 8th. The complete schedule can be found here and all games are on SEC Network.
Basics: Quade Green is a 6-foot, 180-pound point guard from Philly. Rivals ranked Green as a five-star prospect and the No. 22 best prospect in the country. Green was named the Class 3A Player of the Year in Pennsylvania after the 2016 and 2017 season and picked Kentucky over Villanova, Duke, Syracuse and Temple.
2017-2018: Green quietly put up solid numbers during his first season in Lexington. The freshman averaged 9.3 points, 2.7 assists and only had 55 turnovers on the season. He shot nearly 38 percent from deep on 109 attempts. Many thought that Green would be the guard for Kentucky last season but as the year progressed so did former Cat Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. SGA started running the show for the Cats in January and Green was forced into a newish role during the middle of the season. Green was also banged up throughout the year. He missed three games in January because of a back injury but also was poked in the eye in December. Green shined in that game against Virginia Tech, scoring 17 points to go with five assists.
Bahamas Expectations: The Bahamas trip will be a great chance to see Green’s improvements over the last four/five months. Green has noticeably dropped some baby fat and put on more muscle, but what Green has to do for UK this year is distribute the ball and hit threes. Obviously he won’t be able to do both at the same time, but those are Green’s tickets to being a successful college player. Green is a great passer but 2.7 assists is low for him. He had the ball taken out of his hands last season as SGA grew, and there’s no guarantee the same thing doesn’t happen with Ashton Hagans or Immanuel Quickley, but Green is an elite passer. I look forward to seeing more of that in the Bahamas. But, when he’s not passing he needs to continue to hit threes. 37.6 percent last year was a GREAT starting point, but can he break 40 percent? That could be the difference between a title team and one that falls short. Although they are different players and play different positions, Darius Miller turned a 33 percent three-point percentage to 44 percent in one year. Green won’t need to make that drastic of a jump, but it shows it’s possible. I’m curious to see if Green is UK’s best shooter in the Bahamas. My guess is yes.
Highlights (some of the highlight videos may have language NSFW. Some won’t. Follow your heart):
T.J.’s Player Preview Schedule (click the player’s name to read previous posts):
July 24th: Reid Travis
July 25th: P.J. Washington
July 26th: Jemarl Baker
July 27th: Nick Richards
July 30th: Quade Green
July 31st: E.J. Montgomery
August 1st: Tyler Herro
August 2nd: Immanuel Quickley
August 3rd: Keldon Johnson
August: 6th: Ashton Hagans
August 7th: Walk-ons