CHICAGO — Quade Green’s confidence might compensate for his 6-foot-1 frame or any shortcomings in his game.
The 5-star point guard was the most vocal of Kentucky’s four commits at last week’s McDonald’s All-American practice in Chicago. He seems to relish his point guard role, and although bigger than former Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis, Green was asked what he thought of the comparison.
“Nah, I’m trying to be better than Tyler really,” Green said after practice. “I’m going in with a different mindset. Be the best player I can be and be better than all the players that came through there.”
And that’s the confidence Green carries on the court. The Philadelphia native didn’t stop there with how he compares to John Calipari’s former point guards.
“Except for Tyler, everybody was 6-3 and over,” Green said. “They couldn’t really shoot. I’m gonna be the first guard really that Cal ever got that can really shoot the ball consistently.”
Green will follow a line of point guards that includes John Wall, Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, Andrew Harrison and Ulis. And current point guard De’Aaron Fox is a likely top-10 pick if he decides to enter the draft.
Green is ranked the No. 4 point guard in the 2017 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He prides himself on his passing even more than his shooting. He said he can slow the game down in a half-court set, or run a fast break.
“You running with me, you’re gonna get found,” Green said. “I’m gonna find you regardless.”
Green is already doing his part to help Kentucky before even arriving in Lexington. He was acting the part of Calipari in Chicago as the Wildcats’ lead recruiter of 5-star prospects Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox. Bamba and Knox have yet to commit, but both are considering Kentucky.
“If they want to come to Kentucky or go somewhere else, they’re still my boy,” Green said. “For me, I want them to come to Kentucky so bad. I need them and they need me.”
When the McDonald’s All-American participants sat down for interviews, it was Green who made sure Knox was sitting at the “Kentucky table.” The point guard went a step further the night before. He made cookies for Knox and Bamba with “BBN” written on them.
“I can bake a little bit,” Green said with a smile.
Knox won’t make his college announcement until after the Jordan Brand Classic on April 14, but he, along with Bamba, got a significant sample of what coming to Kentucky could be like.
Knox and Bamba played for the East Team at the McDonald’s All-American game alongside four Kentucky commits: Green, Nick Richards, P.J. Washington and Jarred Vanderbilt.
“Quade’s a leader,” Knox said. “He likes to win, and that’s something I really like.”