2017 point guard Quade Green had a tremendous summer with the PSA Cardinals on the Nike EYBL Circuit, raising his stock to another level. Green was so good that he led the Cardinals to the Nike EYBL Peach Jam final against MoKan Elite.
They ended up losing to Michael Porter Jr., Trae Young and company, but Green’s play in the Cardinals semifinal win over Team Penny (he dominated the second half) proved how elite he can be.
After surveying his options, Green has opted to cut his list down to nine schools: Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, Kansas, Xavier, Syracuse, Villanova, Temple and Louisville.
The 6’1″, 170 pound guard from Philadelphia, PA is a five-star prospect who is ranked 22nd in ESPN’s top 100, is the number two player in the state of Pennsylvania, and is the third best point guard in the class.
Green is an elite ball handler who has terrific confidence, poise and quickness. He rarely turns the basketball over and never gets sped up, regardless of who’s defending him or how much pressure is put on him. The Neumann-Goretti High School product is an excellent passer as he keeps his head up in transition and is always looking to make his teammates better before deciding to score himself.
His high basketball IQ, ability to knock down open threes, great vision and stingy defense will be a plus for any major college program.
While he isn’t overly strong, quick or athletic, Green has shown that he can deal with high pressure situations. He has a unique feel for the game at a young age and it should only get better as he completes his final season of high school basketball.
On the Nike EYBL Circuit, Green averaged 14.1 points, 10.5 assists (led the Circuit), and 2.8 rebounds per game. He also shot 42 percent from the field, 37 percent from long range and turned the ball 2.6 times a night.
He was even better during Peach Jam, as he averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game. The lead guard also decreased his giveaways, and increased his efficiency, shooting 50 percent from the field overall.
The good news for the nine programs still recruiting Green is that he is unlikely to be a one-and-done type of player. The class of 2017 is lacking depth at the point guard position with Trevon Duval possibly the only player looking at a potential one year stint in college. And even then, Duval has eligibility concerns that programs have to be concerned about.
Trae Young and Green, the next two top guards in the class, are gifted players with loads of potential, but they project to be professionals down the road due to their lack of size and muscle.
If any of these nine schools are able to lock up Green, they would have a reliable, trustworthy lead guard for at least two seasons.
That could be a steal on the recruiting trail.
Rick Barnes Says He Would Have Left Tennessee if UCLA Paid Buyout
Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes could have been the next head coach for UCLA, instead of Mick Cronin, if only the Bruins were willing to open up their wallets.
Barnes says that if UCLA would have promised to pay Barnes’ $5 million buyout, he would have left Tennessee to take the job at UCLA.
“I think I would’ve been the coach at UCLA,” Barnes said (h/t ESPN). “I’ve said that to people before. I really felt at that time that’s what would happen.”
Barnes was honest and open with his decision process during the news conference, saying that he struggled with making a final decision due to financial matters.
Barnes has since agreed to a new deal with Tennessee that will pay him $4 million per year before increasing to a $6 million annual sum by the end of the contract and provide more cash for his assistants.
“I’m supposed to be at Tennessee,” Barnes said. “And it’s really above and beyond the basketball program. I’m in love with this community. I’m in love with this state. I just think we got a lot of great things going on in this town.”
“A lot of praying went into it, I can tell you that,” Barnes said. “There was a lot going on. When you get down to a situation like that, it has to make sense from a financial standpoint. Bottom line is we couldn’t work it out with the buyout.”
Barnes also informed UCLA that he would not depart Knoxville without talking to athletic director Phillip Fulmer and others in the community.
I told them point blank, ‘I’m not going to walk out of here and not meet with my team,'” Barnes said. “‘I’m not going to walk out of here and not meet with people here that have been really good to me.’ … I said, ‘You just can’t say send a plane tomorrow and we’re leaving. I’m going to make sure this is done the right way.'”
“There was one time in my mind I truly felt that’s what would happen,” Barnes said about potentially taking the UCLA offer. “It got to that point where I felt like my prayers had been answered.”
The Madness is Underway
As we inch closer to selection Sunday, many conference tournaments are underway finding teams who will automatically make the NCAA Men’s basketball. Here are the teams that currently in the tournament:
Atlantic Sun: Liberty
Big South: Gardner–Webb
Horizon: Northern Kentucky
Missouri Valley: Bradley
MEC: Fairleigh Dickinson
Ohio Valley: Murray State
Summit League: North Dakota State
Summit League: Saint Marry’s
Out of the 32 conferences with automatic bids in the tournament, 12 of them have been clinched. All the until selection Sunday the remaining 20 conferences will have their tickets punched. Who will that be? Stay tuned!
Tennessee Basketball Ranked 4th In (Early) Preseason Top 25
A school built on football lure now has a thriving basketball team to get behind. In a early CBS basketball poll, the Volunteer squad is ranked 4th in the preseason. This should bring relief to a fan base whose struggled with a lackluster football team in recent years.
Under Coach Rick Barnes (SEC Coach of the year 2017) the Vols went 26-9 last year, won a share of the regular season SEC title and reached the final of the SEC tournament. Tennessee should return most of their pivotal pieces for the 2018-19 season.
Admiral Schofield (2017-2018 ALL SEC second teamer) who tested the NBA waters has returned for his senior year to play along side Grant Williams (SEC player of the year) and Kyle Alexander. If they can stay healthy along with the supporting cast, this team has a legitimate chance to reach the final four.
According to Andy Katz, “Tennessee is the team to beat in the SEC this year,” and did I mention Coach Barnes recruiting is nothing to take lightly. Recently committed 5 star combo guard, Josiah James added his name to the class of 2019 and pushed the Vols recruiting into the top 10 nationally.
Although it’s too early to tell how this season will play out its certain the hype is warranted and reaching heights it hasn’t seen since the Bruce Pearl era.
Could it be!? Tennessee – a basketball school?
Follow the journey when the Volunteers tip off against Louisiana Lafayette on November 9th.
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