Neumann Goretti (Philadelphia, Pa.) class of 2017 point guard Quade Green didn’t venture down to Maryland with his fellow WE R 1 floor general, Trevon Duval (St. Benedict’s Prep/Newark, N.J.), in August, but that hardly means the 6-foot, 170-pound Philly product is less interested in the Terps. Green, who trekked to UMD for the first time back in June, said head coach Mark Turgeon’s program remains one of his foremost suitors – even as his profile continues to grow and grow.
“I love Maryland; I love the coaches there,” said Green, who picked up offers from Arizona State, Missouri, Villanova, St. Joe’s, Syracuse, Seton Hall, UCLA, USC and South Carolina during the last evaluation periods, to go along with previous verbals from UMD, Providence, Michigan State, Penn State, Temple and Rhode Island. “I like Coach Turgeon a lot, and I have a great relationship with Coach Bino [Ranson]. It’s a real good relationship I have with them; the coaches there are real with you. I talk to them all the time.”
Green said he noticed both Turgeon and Ranson watching him during the summer evaluation periods. But while their presence was appreciated, Green said the program’s rise to No. 1 in the preseason rankings gave him even more pause.
“Honestly, Maryland doesn’t have to show me anything; it’s a great program and it’s one of the best programs out there,” Green said. “They’re No. 1 right now and they have great recruits coming in, and great players already there. I just want to see them win this year.”
The Goretti recruit went on to say that he could see himself in Turgeon’s system. He’s watched current Terps’ point guard Melo Trimble last year and has taken note of how he’s developed.
“Maryland plays a lot of guards, and they get up and down. That’s the style I like,” Green said. “Melo is a great point guard, and they develop their guards. If I went there, with all the guards they have, they’d push me to get better. So I think it could be a good fit there.”
Previously, during his campus visit, Green lauded College Park, Md., and his in-person encounter with Turgeon and Co. He plans to return to UMD for another look this November, before attending the Terps-Georgetown game.
“I definitely want to see a game at Maryland,” Green said. “I’ll see them play Georgetown probably. That game is going to be hyped.”
Maryland may be on Green’s mind, but it’s hardly the only program he’s thinking about. In fact, when pressed, he said Michigan State and Louisville had his eye for the moment. He’ll be at MSU for a game this October, while he’s planning to see Syracuse and Duke as well.
“Duke could be close to offering, actually,” said Green, who has previously been to Louisville, Rutgers, Villanova and UMD. “They’ve been talking to me a good bit. That would be a big one fore me.
“But, like, the Louisville offer, that was a big one, and Michigan State. Louisville has always been a great program, and Michigan State the same thing. I like how [the Spartans] produce great guards.”
Green insisted, however, that he’s not looking for any offers in particular, nor does he have any set-in-stone frontrunners. He said his main focus right now is hitting the books and continuing to improve.
“My shot got a lot better in the summer, and my passing and floor vision too,” Green said. “But I’m still working on getting more athletic and more consistent with my jump shot.”