Quade Green has made more headlines in his tender age than most people will ever do their entire lives.
We saw him do wonders at the pitch in Saints John Neuman and Maria Goretti Catholic High School in Philadelphia. Besides winning a record four consecutive Class 3A state championships, Green finished things off with a whopping 1,853 points.
This just so happens to be the second-highest record in Neuman Goretti. It was clear at this point that Quade was headed for the stars as far as basketball was concerned.
However, things don’t always go as planned. Read on for details of the highs and lows of Green’s basketball career.
After high school, Quade went on to play the NIKE EYBL for the PSA Cardinals. With an average of 1.4 points and 10.5 assists, he clinched the title of All-EYBL first team.
The following year, Quade rose even higher and was picked as a McDonald’s All-American, and you bet, he won the Legends and Shootout game in 2017. The same year, the young athlete also made the selection of the Jordan Brand Classic.
November 2016 marked the new beginnings for Quade. That’s when he decided to commit to the University of Kentucky. While there, he continued to impress with great stats (13 games, 112 assists, 387 points, and 52 3-pointers) in his sophomore year.
The pointguard even won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship!
While Quade Green had a blast at the University of Kentucky, his stay there just proved to be short-lived.
On January 4, 2019, he announced his transfer. Rumors had already surfaced about the transfer. Many believed that Green would move after his freshman year.
He proved everyone wrong when he stuck around for a while. However, after his Sophomore year, he transferred from the UK. When leaving, Green made the following statement:
“I have truly loved being a part of the Kentucky team. I love Coach Cal and the entire staff there. Making the decision to transfer hasn’t been an easy thing and one I didn’t arrive at lightly. However, after deliberating with my family and the coaching staff, I genuinely felt that I should explore all the other opportunities for both my academic and athletic future.”
The Beginning of Trouble
The University of Washington warmly welcomed Quade Green after leaving the University of Kentucky.
The talented point guard threw himself at the UW program. He played a total of 15 games and made a career-high average record of 11.6 points, 5.3 assists, 1.1 steals, and 2.6 rebounds.
However, in mid-season, the school announced that the athlete wouldn’t be playing any more games for the season. The news came right before the UW had taken Stanford in a tough battle on the pitch.
Green had two steals, a starting pull-up jumper, and another jumper, but despite his best efforts, UW lost to Stanford 61-55.
The University of Washington said that Quade had been ruled out because he was “academically ineligible.” That meant that the talented sportsman could practice with the Huskies, but he couldn’t play. He went into basketball purgatory only two games to the end of the season.
Naturally, the announcement sparked a lot of questions. What happened to Green’s academic record after shinning before? Was there anyone to check on his grades from time to time? Will he ever play for his team again? Unfortunately, the University of Washington didn’t comment much on this.
What’s Going On Now?
After months of being away from the public eye for a while, Quade Green broke his silence in late 2020. He had a teleconference call with Seattle Times and made the following remarks among many.
“I am mature now. I cannot live my life as I did in my early years of college. I am now in my senior year and more mature. I feel more accountable for my actions than I ever did in my entire life.”
Apparently, Green went through a tough 2020 before finally picking himself. He was home in Philly for five months during the pandemic, a period he says was one of the lowest in his life.
“I had to reach rock bottom so I could find my way back up.” The then 22-year-old said. “Last year, I really broke myself during the Huskies’ second half of the season. When summer rolled around, I slowly rebuild myself, and my confidence came back.”
Greene went on to say that he now takes basketball seriously. He trains hard at the gym and works hard academically. His coach can also confirm that his grades are excellent now and that he’s doing a good job as the team’s captain.
If you’ve been wondering why The Huskies dropped Quade Greene for a while, there you have your answer. Just like most things in life, basketball has rules of its own. If you break them, there are repercussions.
The good thing is that the impeccable point guard has learned from his mistakes and takes strides in the right direction.