By LARRY VAUGHT
Freshman point guards Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley have both already made big impressions on Kentucky basketball fans — and UK has not even played its exhibition games in the Bahamas yet.
But count Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy as one who thinks sophomore point guard Quade Green is going to be a significant part of UK’s success in the 2018-19 season.
“I think he will play an enormous role,” DeCourcy said. “If he doesn’t play well, he will not get minutes that are not earned. But I think he is really good.”
So do I and don’t forget that one thing Green can do is score. Sure, his defense might not make him a lockdown defender, but he got better last year. However, he was a 40 percent shooter from 3-point range in high school and showed last year he could make shots on a team that lacked shooters.
“He has flexibility because he is a good shooter that he could also play off the ball,” DeCourcy said. “If Hagans or Quickley is ready to be the guy at point guard, he can play off the ball.
“If that happens, John (Calipari) will still have a bigger point guard to switch matchups with on defense. But with Quade’s ability as a shooter, you can’t forget that. Because Kentucky couldn’t make shots last year, it lost a Sweet 16 game to an inferior team (Kansas State) because it could not make shots.
“Throwing out a guy because he’s not big even though he can make shots is not what you want to do. That just puts you back in the same bucket as last year when the team couldn’t make shots and that would make no sense. John knows that, too.”