As expected, Quade Green was a big topic of today’s media opportunity. John Calipari said he met with Quade and his family early this week and encouraged the sophomore to stay two more games to make sure he wanted to follow through with his decision to transfer, but Quade felt his time at Kentucky was over.
“He just felt that he was in a situation he didn’t see that he could come back from. I met with the kid, he’s a great kid. I met with mom and dad and mom was crying. It is disappointing for me when young people want to leave but he’ll be treated the same way [as others who have left].”
“It was a talk. We were in there for a little while. He hugged me and said, ‘I love you, Coach.’ I said, ‘I love you, too.’ It’s just different here. I even told him, ‘Why don’t you stay two weeks and play two games and if you want to leave, leave. Why would you do this right now?’ He said, Coach, I’m just — I just feel…I said, ‘Okay.’ I told the team, this isn’t, I’m not [saying], ‘You’re leaving?! Get out of here!’ It’s not how we do it here. This is about them. It’s not about me and the program that way. This is about each individual guy when it comes time for a decision like that.”
“I would tell our fans, be positive, be upbeat with him,” Cal added. “You think of all the kids that have left here that we’ve stayed in touch with. I told he and his family, ‘I’m going to be here for you, but this next choice you make is probably bigger than the last choice. You’ve gotta think it through and how you want to play.'”