(Ed. Note: with Quade Green’s commitment, now seems like a good time to revisit Jack’s scouting report from yesterday.)
While the Big Blue Nation is (hopefully) celebrating bowl eligibility tomorrow night, Calipari may very well be receiving his fourth commitment of the 2017 recruiting class from five-star point guard Quade Green.
Last week, rumors spread that Green was a “lock” to commit to Syracuse, as a visit to one of the teams’ early games seemed to seal the deal on his recruitment. After a surprise visit to watch Kentucky at the Champions Classic on Tuesday, momentum shifted to UK’s favor, with most recruiting analysts flipping their predictions over to the Wildcats as the week progressed.
With the Early Signing Period ending at midnight on Wednesday, it has been confirmed Green has indeed faxed a signed Letter of Intent to the school of his choosing, either Kentucky or Syracuse. Though there have been whispers, both programs are trying to stay tight-lipped on the situation.
Should he commit to Kentucky tomorrow, let’s take a look at what the five-star guard brings to the table:
Point Guard| 6-1 | 172 lbs.
Philadelphia, PA | Neumann Goretti
AAU: PSA Cardinals
|ESPN||No. 22 | 3 PG||Top247||No. 31 | 7 PG|
|Rivals||No. 23||Scout||No. 25 | 4 PG|
- Floor general
- Dynamic passer
Many consider Green to be the best “true point guard” in the class of 2017, as he has a knack for finding the open man with a pass-first mentality. His court vision as a whole is remarkable, but he really thrives in transition when he has high-level athletes to connect with. Players love to play with him because he knows how to get the ball to scorers in large quantities, so you know you’re getting high assist numbers every time he steps on the floor.
Though his strength is as a passer, he knows how to get to the rim and finish with contact, not backing down from any defender in front of him. He’s a solid shooter, with a nice looking stroke he utilizes anywhere from midrange to behind the arc. His release is incredibly quick and he has nice touch, making him a really dynamic asset even when coverage is fairly tight.
The best characteristic of his game, however, has to be the mental edge he maintains each game. He’s a team leader that demands the best out of his teammates, remains vocal on the court, and gives out two punches for every one he takes to the jaw.
The kid is a floor general, keeps his teammates happy, and knows how to put the ball in the basket. There’s a guy that played at UK here recently with similar traits, and it worked out pretty well for him.
- Sometimes tries to do “too much”
He’s not going to jump out of the gym and dunk on anyone, that’s just not the player Quade Green is. He’s got speed and agility, but he’s not going to blow you away as an athlete. He’ll get beat on defense every once and a while, he’ll struggle offensively against physical freaks, that’s just the name of the game.
As far as size goes, he’s really undersized for a point guard in both height and weight, which may limit him against larger defenders and tougher opponents. He never let it stop him in high school, but we all know it’s a whole new ball game when you get to the next level.
A lot of criticism he’s gotten throughout high school, travel ball, and camps has been about trying to do a little too much with the ball in his hands. He sometimes forces passes and over-dribbles, which leads to some careless turnovers. With maturity and development, a lot of these mistakes will get corrected, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.
Tyus Jones/Tyler Ulis
This comparison was pretty tough, as he’s a little mix of both players. Like Jones, Green really isn’t great at one thing in particular, but very good at everything. As far as leadership qualities go, Green falls right in line with Ulis, as he has that mental edge that every coach, fan, and analyst in America will love. He’s extremely tough, and just manages to make plays happen.
Green is well known to be good friends with Mohamed Bamba, Hamidou Diallo, and Kevin Knox, three MASSIVE recruits with high interest in Kentucky. Each recruit has been very open in the past about their desire to play with Green, as the Philadelphia native knows how to see the floor and put the ball in his teammates’ hands. If Green commits to the Wildcats tomorrow night, the Spring signing period will be on a whole new level of crazy.
Come on down, Quade Green.