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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Quade Green Edition

Quade Green is transferring from Kentucky, only the second mid-season transfer in the Calipari era. We wish him well, and continued success.

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation. I’ll be your host for the Quickies today, moving over from my usual Tuesday spot due to a massive 10-hour Internet outage at and around Logan House.

Today, we are in the process of saying farewell to Quade Green, the second mid-season John Calipari transfer I can remember. The first was early in Cal’s tenure. Stacey Poole was part of the 2011 recruiting class, and he decided to leave shortly after the season began. Ultimately, he played in 16 games before moving on to Georgia Tech, where he essentially flopped. This Courier-Journal article lists all Calipari-era transfers and discusses their ultimate success or failure.

There is no doubt in my mind that Green will be far more successful than Poole, perhaps as successful as Charles Matthews, who transferred after the 2016 season. Matthews is a senior this season at Michigan, where he has already played in a Final Four and has to be considered a favorite to get to another this year.

Green had a solid season his freshman year and was the best 3-point shooter on a poor-shooting team. This season, Green has been plagued by turnovers and defensive lapses, but he still shoots the ball well. He just doesn’t seem to have a role on this team that he’s willing to live with. His minutes are down significantly, and his positive impact on this team has been spotty, considering everything. His prospects for getting more playing time seem to be receding given the better size and defensive ability of the current and incoming class, so it seems logical for him to transfer.

I’ll miss Quade, and I know the rest of us will as well. I have no doubt he will do well wherever he winds up, and we wish him only the best in the future.

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