Kentucky point guard Quade Green has been quiet, too quiet.
Green starred during UK’s February four-game win streak. He averaged 13.5 points per game by knocking down 47 percent of his threes. More importantly, he became the Cats’ best distributor. A team that struggled to get more assists than turnovers in a game, suddenly had a +1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Kentucky’s offense has not slowed down since that four-game stretch, but Green has. Since the regular season finale at Florida, he has not hit a three-pointer (0-7) and he’s only reached double-digits once, a ten-point performance against Tennessee in the SEC Title.
Most would press and try to force the ball through the net. Quade is not most.
“I know my time will come. But I’m not really focused on that; I’m focusing on the team,” Green said yesterday. “Whoever is hot gets the ball; if you miss them, you miss them, if you make them, you make them. Simple.”
Quade’s unselfish message isn’t just talk. Against Alabama he had eight assists and zero turnovers to create a season-high +10 assist-to-turnover ratio. He did it all while taking just four shots.
An unselfish attitude can carry Kentucky, only if shots are falling. That did not happen from behind the three-point line against Davidson. For the Cats to reach their potential, Quade must rediscover his shot. A 37 percent three-point shooter, he has all of the tools. It’s just a matter of time.