Quade Green, a former five-star recruit, is leaving Kentucky basketball at mid-year. Just hours after the move was reported, the program confirmed it.
Green’s playing time has taken a hit, going from over 25 minutes per game as a freshman to 17.8 per contest this year.
Green is averaging eight points per game this season for the Wildcats, shooting a shade under 45-percent from the field, and a very solid 42.3-percent from three-point range. He shouldn’t have an issue finding a suitor for his talents.
Back during his high school recruitment, Quade Green chose the ‘Cats over Syracuse and Villanova. It stands to reason that both could be involved again, especially with Villanova’s own recent issues with a former blue-chip guard.
However, another Power Five program is the name that is gaining a ton of traction today.
One prominent member of the Kentucky basketball media believes Quade Green could head to Washington to play for Mike Hopkins.
The charismatic former Syracuse assistant coach now leads the Huskies program, and was Green’s lead recruiter for the Orange.
Kentucky Sports Radio has reported that UW is a potential destination. The site’s Matt Jones says that’s where he’d bet on Green winding up.
Quade was never totally comfortable with his role at UK and I don’t think he totally fit the role of a Calipari point guard
But he is a good kid who I think can be a very good college player. I hope he crushes it wherever he goes (my money is on Washington)
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) December 12, 2018
The transfer comes months after Green first flirted with the possibility of a departure from Lexington. Back in April, there were heavy rumors of a move, and NBC Sports’ Robert Snyder said that La Salle would be the destination.
Explorers’ new head coach Ashley Howard recruited Green at Villanova. Of course, Green could be shooting higher than that now, and he should have strong Power Five options if schools like Washington get involved, or Syracuse and Villanova make second runs at their former top target.