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Quade Green “loved my time at Kentucky” but decides to transfer

Quade Green (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball sophomore guard Quade Green has decided to transfer from the University of Kentucky.

Green notified Kentucky of his decision on Wednesday and will have the ability to transfer to any school without any restrictions, per NCAA rules.

“I have loved my time at Kentucky and love Coach Cal and the staff,” Green said. “This was a difficult decision and one I didn’t take lightly. However, after talking with my family and the coaching staff, I just felt like it was best that I explore other opportunities for my athletic and academic future. I have enjoyed my time at Kentucky and I’ll never forget the Big Blue Nation for its love and its support.”

Green appeared in 43 games for the Wildcats over parts of two seasons, averaging 9.0 points and 2.6 assists per game. He was third on the 2017-18 team as a freshman with 41 3-pointers and had made 11 of 26 this season (42.3 percent).

The Philadelphia native started 13 of 34 games in 2017-18 and was averaging 17.8 minutes per game this season. He played a key role on the 2018 Southeastern Conference Tournament championship team, topping double figures 17 times, including six of his final 11 games played. He had three or more assists in 17 games last season. Green hit the game-winning layup in a comeback victory vs. Vanderbilt.

“I met with Quade yesterday and we talked through a lot of different things,” UK men’s basketball head coach John Calipari said. “The thing that struck me most is what a great kid Quade is. He felt like he was in a position that he couldn’t overcome and he had the maturity to come in and sit down and talk through it with me.

“Quade has my full support with this decision. We haven’t had many kids leave, but when we do, we always support them and, in just about every case, stay in touch with each other. I hope that will be the case with Quade.”

Green scored in double figures in four games this season, including a season-high 17 points with three 3-pointers vs. VMI. He made a career-high four 3-pointers vs. Monmouth and dished out three or more assists in five games this season.

The 6-foot point guard came to Kentucky as a five-star prospect out of Neumann-Goretti High School in Pittsburgh. Green enjoyed a prolific high school career that saw him capture four state championships while earning Pennsylvania Class 3A Player of the Year honors in 2016 and 2017. He was a part of the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship team that won a gold medal in Chile and participated in the McDonalds All-American Game, the Jordan Brand Classic and was the MVP of the HoopHall Classic.


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  1. I wish Quade all the best.
    I think he made the right decision.

  2. He did not get a fair shake this year. He should have started and got more minutes. He will be a 15ppg/5asst player if he goes to Syracuse. The same thing happened with Charles Mathews. Coincidence?

  3. I agree, Catmandoo, he should have had the starting job against Duke and had more playing time in other games. I like Quade a lot and saw so much potential. I’m very sad to see him transfer and will miss him. He will be a great addition to any team he chooses to join. I wish him all the success in the world.

  4. This staff is having a hard time developing point guards. That said, I can’t say as I blame Green for hitting the road, and I do wish him well. He is a great young man, and a good basketball player who just may “blossom and bloom” at another school. It just didn’t work out well for him at Kentucky. To much time is devoted to too many so called super stars. Makes it hard to get meaningful playing time under Calipari’s “swinging door” system.

  5. Quade has been a good and productive team member and maybe did get victimized by some shaky coaching decisions but hopefully this will be a win/win for both and, I hope this turns out to be a good decision for him. It would have better news if Nick had made the decision.

  6. I said this before and I will say it again. UK is the only place where being a second year player is some how a negative. I would have started Quade. I am disappointed that he did’t get that chance. I don’t believe he got a fair shake this year. Just like in the Seton Hall game as we all heard teams will now back away from Hagens and make him prove he can make threes. We will be playing 5 on 4, I wish him the best and will be surprised if he does not go to Nova.

  7. This is exactly why Cal never has experienced players. When someone decides to come back, there is a good chance they will bet shuffled to end of the rotation so Cal can highlight his new freshmen.
    They will end up missing this kid tremendously.

  8. I agree with UKFMLY and OldFan on this.

    This is what happens when players are led to believe they are on a path to riches before they ever play their first college basketball game, and many of them find their way to their goal without showing any real success at the collegiate level.

    This is why it is time for the players first emphasis to end.

  9. Amen Professor.

  10. You can blame Cal all you want! Quade is the one who could not improve his defense and his shooting was erratic at best. It will not get any easier for Quade. I wish him luck, but the easier path is not always the best. It only get harder each step in the process. Not everyone is cut out for the NBA!

    1. Not everybody really knows enough about this team to be making comments Ben–see The Professor’s post that follows.

  11. Erratic shooting? He leads this team in 3 pt shooting percentage at over 42%.

    This team needs that shooting

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