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.
— LiL AI (@Q_Green1) August 13, 2016
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.