Five-star point guard Quade Green made his decision official on Saturday evening when he announced his decision to pick Kentucky. Green, who has long been a top target for John Calipari, brings a lot to the table, and should start right away.
Early on in his high school career Green was someone who would really look to score. He is around 6-feet tall, so he doesn’t have the elite size you look for in a point guard, and he didn’t always play like a point guard, but the talent was clearly there.
Then after his junior year a light seemed to flip on with Green. He went from someone who was clearly score first, to someone who wanted to get others involved. Playing with the PSA Cardinals in the Nike EYBL, Green was the best distributor in the entire class.
In 22 games, Green averaged 9.8 assists per game against only 2.5 turnovers. That nearly 4:1 assist-to-turnover ratio showed just what kind of player he can be.
While Green definitely stepped up his distribution, he also didn’t forget how to score. Green averaged 14.9 points per game while shooting a very respectable 44 percent overall and 36 percent from deep.
Since he can score and now has also shown he can distribute, there is no doubt that Green is a complete player. He is capable of getting into the lane and creating for others as well as himself, and then also is a strong decision maker.
Maybe even better for Kentucky fans is that for all of Green’s talent, and there is a ton of it, he isn’t someone who projects to leave for the NBA right away. In fact it would be a little bit of a surprise if Green isn’t a three or four year player.
The reality is no matter how talented, it is very tough to leave early as a guard without ideal size for the position. Sure in the case of Tyler Ulis it is possible, but it is unlikely. Because of that Green should be making his home in Lexington for several years, and that should give the Wildcats a lot of stability at the position.
Given that Kentucky needed a lot of depth at the guard spot, adding Green was huge, and it gives them a good base, and someone who can run the show and also brings a little bit of scoring punch.