The Terps’ hoops staff has handed out a handful of sophomore offers thus far, including one to an emerging guard from Philadelphia. Class of 2017 combo Quade Green (Neumann-Goretti/Philadelphia, Pa.) received a verbal from head coach Mark Turgeon following the first April live period in Hampton, Va., and he acquitted himself once again with the headman looking on in Indianapolis, Ind., April 24-25 on the Under Armour circuit.
Green, who laces up fro WE-R1, ended up averaging 16 points and three assists while playing the lead guard spot.
“I think I did OK, but I’m never satisfied; I can always do better,” said Green, who is now claiming offers from UMD, Villanova, Temple, St. Joe’s, Providence, South Carolina, Michigan State and Rutgers. “I did good getting my teammates involved and getting other peoples’ stats up, but I feel like I have to keep working on my quickness and athleticism. I feel like I shot the ball well and played good defense too.”
Green said he didn’t pay attention to which coaches were watching him in Indy, but he’s well aware Turgeon and Co. are keeping tabs. The Philly guard mentioned how his AAU coaches have let him know UMD assistant Nima Omidvar saw him in action and has inquired quite frequently, while Turgeon has stayed in touch with them too.
“I can’t really talk to the coaches right now, but I met all those guys when I went to Maryland’s Midnight Madness last year,” Green said. “They’re really cool guys and I liked it down there. They’re saying they like my poise and think I bring a lot to the table. I want to get to know them more, and I’m going to be visiting there again this summer.”
Green went on to say he enjoyed the Madness event at the Xfinity Center. He also noted how he “likes the way they play, get up and down, and get after it on defense. They’re aggressive.”
“I think I could fit in well there,” Green said. “It’s a real good program, it’s not far from home and the coaches are great.”
The only other campuses Green has seen so far are Rutgers’, Villanova’s and Temple’s. In addition to a trip to College Park, Md., Green said he’s looking forward to checking out Michigan State in short order.
“I don’t really have any favorites yet, but some of my standouts are Villanova, Temple, Maryland and Michigan State,” Green said. “Nova is kind of a favorite because it’s the hometown school and I’ve seen them a bunch and I love how they play. Temple is a local school too, and I like the system and coaches at Maryland and Michigan State.”
Green mentioned that Tom Izzo from MSU and Jay Wright from Nova are “pushing for him,” while he’s hoping to speak to, and develop a rapport with, Turgeon once he treks to College Park.
One coach he would love to hear from in the future, though, is Mike Krzyzewski from Duke. Green apparently has family in Durham, N.C., and grew up watching the Blue Devils.
“If Duke offered they’d probably be my favorite,” Green said. “But we’ll see.”
Green said the primary factors in his recruitment are early playing time and his relationship with the staff. He does not plan to commit until the late signing period during his senior year, and admitted there’s plenty he has to consider before coming to any definitive conclusions regarding colleges.
“The main focus is on my game right now,” Green said. “But I feel like I bring a lot to a team. I can be a true point guard who passes the ball and leads the offense, but I can play off the ball and be a scorer and driver too. And I like to play defense, that’s big for me.”
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