SEATTLE- The University of Washington men’s basketball team can look forward to receiving an experienced guard in early 2020. University of Kentucky player, Quade Green, told ESPN on Thursday he intends on transferring to Washington next season.
Green was the No. 5 ranked point guard and the No. 24 overall prospect coming out of high school back in 2017. Washington Huskies’ head coach, Mike Hopkins was coaching at Syracuse at the time, and was the second choice on Green’s list behind Kentucky when he made his initial decision.
Green’s transfer to Washington was expected after he announced last week that he’d be leaving, because of his connection to Hopkins. He visited campus earlier this week and Thursday he made the announcement that he’d be making the switch to play with Coach Hopkins.
Green averaged 9.3 points per game as a true freshman but as a sophomore he’s seen his role reduced. This year, he’s averaging eight points per game and he’s been shooting 42.3 percent from three-point range. Frustrated after seeing his playtime come from 25.6 minutes per game to 17.8 minutes per game, he’s decided to go somewhere he’ll see more playing time.
Per the rules of transferring, Green won’t be allowed to play for a year, which mean he can step in halfway through next season in January of 2020. The transfer couldn’t come at a better time, as current starting point guard, Davis Crisp, is a graduating senior, which should make Green’s transfer a smooth one.