Quade Green transfer rumors update: there appears to be a clear favorite to land the former five-star recruit, if he leaves Lexington. Green is reportedly preparing to leave Kentucky, after a freshman season in which he averaged 9.3 points and 2.7 assists. According to the same report by NBC Sports’ Robert Snyder, La Salle is the most likely destination for him.
Green is a native of Philadelphia. He played high school ball at one of the area’s best programs, Neumann Goretti. As a member of the class of 2017, he chose to play for John Calipari at Kentucky over Syracuse and Villanova.
Kentucky has three new blue-chip guards joining the program in the class of 2018. The possibility of two additional five-star players—Kentucky commit Ashton Hagans and currently uncommitted guard Tyrese Maxey—reclassifying from 2019 to 2018 has also been floated.
As a result, Green is reportedly leaving Lexington. A return to Philadelphia could be in his future.
La Salle is expected to be the Quade Green transfer destination.
During his recruitment, Ashley Howard was his lead recruiter at Villanova. Howard has since been named head coach at La Salle.
Green nearly played for him as an assistant. Now, he could be the first big recruit that Howard lands as leader of the Explorers.
Source: Don't be surprised to see Quade Green transfer from Kentucky to LaSalle. Ashley Howard recruited him while at Nova. Cal already prepping for the loss. I'm told LaSalle would be the choice.
— Robert Snyder (@RobbieBuckets) April 18, 2018
As a recruit, Green was the No. 26 player in the country, per 247Sports. He was ranked No. 5 among point guards, and No. 3 in Pennsylvania.
He played a solid amount down the stretch for Kentucky. Green averaged over 25 minutes per game on the season, and his playing time was relatively consistent over the course of the year.
Still, with five-star guards Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson, and four-star guard Tyler Herro joining the program, playing time could be even more of a crunch than it was in 2017-18, with Quade Green contending with Hamidou Diallo and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, among others. If he does land, it could be a major coup for Howard and La Salle.