LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky kept its red-hot recruiting run going Saturday night when 5-star point guard Quade Green announced he has signed with the Wildcats. That makes four top-50 pledges in the last 10 days for John Calipari, who entered the early signing period last week with zero commitments.
That should be good enough to push Kentucky’s class to No. 1 in the country in most rankings.
Green is “one of the most talented players in the country,” Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels told SEC Country. “A very good passer with impressive vision, and he proved that by leading the (Nike) EYBL in assists. But he’s also a more-than-capable scorer that shoots well from mid-range out to three.”
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Green, a 6-foot-1 Philadelphia native, averaged 14.1 points, 10.5 assists and 2.9 steals on the EYBL circuit during the spring and summer against some of the nation’s top prospects. He’s ranked as high as 22nd and no lower than 25th overall in the Class of 2017.
Kentucky’s haul now includes (from Scout’s rankings): No. 14 P.J. Washington (power forward), No. 17 Nick Richards (center), No. 25 Green (point guard) and No. 46 Shai Alexander (combo guard). And the Wildcats are still waiting on spring decisions from No. 2 Mohamed Bamba (center), No. 7 Kevin Knox (small forward), No. 10 Hamidou Diallo (shooting guard), No. 17 Jarred Vanderbilt (power forward) and No. 22 Trae Young (point guard).
While Young was Kentucky’s earliest recruiting priority at that position, the addition of Green and Alexander “means no Trae Young,” Daniels said. “Quade and Trae were never going to go to the same school.”
Even if that’s true, the Wildcats already have a class almost any team in American would kill for.