2017 PG Green plans official visit to U of L

2017 PG Green plans official visit to U of L

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2017 PG Green plans official visit to U of L

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INDIANAPOLIS – Quade Green has a luxury that few point guards at the high school level have: A premier big man with a 7-foot-8 wingspan as his AAU teammate.

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“It’s easy” playing with coveted five-star center Mohamed Bamba, said Green, one of the top point guards in the 2017 class. “All I have to do is throw it up to him. I’m down on the baseline, you just throw it up – dunk, easy.”

Bamba, who is considered a contender to be the top-rated player in 2017, is a big reason why Green is averaging 11 assists a game – and why their team, the PSA Cardinals, are 5-0 so far on Nike’s spring AAU circuit.

But Green is getting plenty of his own shine, too. The 6-foot, 175-pound guard from Philadelphia averages 12.6 points and two steals a game, and he’s made 37.5 percent of his 3-pointers in AAU play.

Arizona, Louisville, Michigan State, St. Joseph’s, Syracuse, Temple and Villanova have all offered him a scholarship, and Duke and Miami have expressed interest in him, Green said.

He said he would “probably” take an unofficial visit to Syracuse and Xavier, and he said he plans to take an official visit to Louisville in the coming months.

What does Green like about Louisville?

“It fits my style of play, really,” Green said, adding that he has watched Louisville “all the time” and likes Russ Smith and Peyton Siva.

“Play defense, get up on your man and everything runs through the guards.”

Green, who led Philly powerhouse Neumann-Goretti to 27 wins this past high school season, said he talks to Louisville coach Rick Pitino “all the time.”

Pitino tells him “I’m a great fit for this team,” Green said. “He likes my competitiveness and my demeanor. We talk all day – on the phone, FaceTime, everything.”

It was clear that Green had given some thought to the ongoing investigation into Louisville’s basketball program, a process that has already prompted the school to self-impose a postseason ban for this past campaign and a handful of recruiting sanctions.

He was asked if it was weird not having U of L’s coaches at his games so far this AAU circuit.

“It’s not,” Green said. “They know what I can do already. I’m not worried at all. I keep in touch with them all the time.”

Quade Green’s recruiting rankings

247: 31st overall, 6th PG

ESPN: 41st overall, 10th PG

Rivals: 50th overall

Scout: 51st overall, 10th PG

Mar 5, 2016; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino speaks with the media after the Cardinals' game against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers won 68-46. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 5, 2016; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino speaks with the media after the Cardinals’ game against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers won 68-46. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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