UK Men's Basketball

Class of 2017 point guard lands scholarship offer from Kentucky

Quade Green made the first cut for the Team USA U18 squad after several training sessions in Colorado Springs, Colo., earlier this month.
Quade Green made the first cut for the Team USA U18 squad after several training sessions in Colorado Springs, Colo., earlier this month. USA Basketball

Five-star point guard Quade Green is the latest recipient of a UK scholarship offer for the class of 2017.

Green — a 6-foot-1 prospect from Philadelphia — picked up the offer during the second day of his unofficial visit to UK on Thursday. He is the third point guard in the 2017 class to receive a scholarship offer from the Wildcats, joining Trae Young — UK’s top target at the position — and Tremont Waters.

A stellar showing on the Nike circuit this spring cemented Green as one of the premier point guards in the class of 2017. He averaged 14.1 points, 10.5 assists and 2.9 steals per game, leading the league in the latter two categories.

While known for his passing ability and defense, Green is also a capable scorer and outside shooter, going 37.3 percent from three-point range in the Nike regular season.

One of his teammates on the Nike tour is top-five recruit Mohamed Bamba, a 7-footer and one of Kentucky’s top targets in the 2017 cycle.

“He’s great,” Bamba told the Herald-Leader this month. “He’s so smooth and poised. You don’t see that at this age. … To play with a good point guard, it takes your game to a whole new level.”

UK Coach John Calipari will watch both players at the Nike Peach Jam finals next week in South Carolina, and he’ll likely be looking to add multiple point guards to his recruiting class of 2017.

The Wildcats are expected to lose their entire backcourt after the upcoming 2016-17 season, with underclassmen Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk all projected as NBA Draft picks and seniors Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder in their final seasons of eligibility.

The departures of all five of those players would leave UK with zero scholarship guards for the 2017-18 season.

Green also has scholarship offers from Duke, Kansas, Syracuse, Michigan State, Villanova, Louisville, Arizona and several other schools.

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats

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