John Calipari has coached some of the best point guards in college basketball. John Wall, Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, Brandon Knight, and De’Aaron Fox were all electric players that were surefire lottery picks before they signed with Cal and remained so afterwards.
In Between those players, Cal has also had point guards that may not have been as highly regarded, but they all went deep into the postseason and won a helluva lot of games. Andrew Harrison, Tyler Ulis, and Marquis Teague weren’t the draft picks those other guys ended up being, but they were instrumental to the success of each team they were on while at Kentucky.
Quade Green hopes to fit into the category of the latter group... and then some. In his edition of the Meet the Wildcats series over at Coachcal.com, Green has lofty expectations for himself:
In steps Quade Green, a 6-foot floor general out of Philadelphia who respects all the UK point guards who came before him but wants to leave being known as the best of them all.
“That’s my main goal right now,” Green said in an exclusive interview with CoachCal.com. “That’s if I do four years, three years, two years or one year. I’m trying to be the best player I can be and better than everybody that came through here as a guard.”
While Green may not have been a top ten recruit like some of the previous point guards, he isn’t short on accolades. He’s a five star player according to ESPN, Scout, and Rivals, while 24/7 lists him as a four star player. He is a McDonald’s All American and participated in the Jordan Brand Classic but did not play in the game due to suffering from a concussion he received at one of the practices.
Green compares favorably to another point guard that didn’t receive a lot of the recruiting hype: Tyler Ulis.
Green is three inches taller than the famously short Ulis, but because almost all of Calipari’s other point guards at UK were 6-3 or taller, Ulis and Green tend to stand out for their diminutive nature.
They also both share a similar, hardnosed, unselfish, winning attitude. Ulis, of course, didn’t care who he was going up against.
Green is going to prove to be much better than the scouts think. He’s already receiving heavy praise from sports publications such as Sports Illustrated and former Kentucky players Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk.
This team is going to be a point guard’s dream with playmakers at every position. Quade will be asked to play a similar style to Tyler Ulis as a creator and distributor with the likes of Kevin Knox, Hamidou Diallo, Jarred Vanderbilt, and PJ Washington running the floor.
But don’t count out his own playmaking ability as he is going to be pushed to play hard during practice by going against Shai Gligeous-Alexander on a daily basis.
Green is an alpha dog and a willing learner, the prototypical attitude for a Calipari point guard. Those are the most important things because, as Ulis proved, size doesn’t matter as much as heart.