One of the nation’s top point guards, Quade Green, has committed to John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats.
The 6-foot guard out of Neumann-Goretti (PA), chose the Wildcats over Syracuse, Villanova, Duke and Temple. Syracuse was long thought to be Green’s favorite after the school told Oak Hill point — Matt Coleman — they were no long recruiting him [Coleman]. But it was Kentucky’s reputation of getting players to the NBA that ultimately led to Green’s decision. “I feel like Cal is going to push me harder, mentally and physically for the next level,” said Green.
Green first picked up the offer from Kentucky back in the summer after a terrific performance in the Nike EYBL circuit, where he led his PSA Cardinals team to the championship. After Calipari offered him, he along with his assistant coaches checked in regularly with him, ensuring that he was their top priority.
After going back-and-forth all week with choosing either Kentucky or Syracuse, Green said his decision came the morning of his press conference. “God woke me up this morning and said I need for you to go to Kentucky. After I told my mom and we got all the shirts and stuff ready.”
Quade said it was also tough to call Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara —someone he had a great relationship with — and break the news. “It was really tough because me and G-Mac [McNamara] had a really great relationship. I broke his heart today but I had to do what I had to do.”
One player that was eager to get Quade to join him in their recruiting class was recent commit, P.J. Washington, a top 25 recruit out of Findlay Prep (NV). “PJ must have called my phone twenty times today asking me where I was going. Those guys really want me to come there so I can help them get to the next level.”
Quade also insisted that he will make a pitch to his PSA Cardinals teammate Mo Bamba (Westtown School) as the two built great chemistry over the summer. Bamba currently has a list that features programs such as Duke, Kentucky, Michigan, Texas and many others.
Joining Green in the Wildcats recruiting class is the 6’7 Washington (No. 14), 6’10 Nick Richards (No. 17, Scout.com) and point guard Shai Alexander (No. 46).