Quade Green may not be the most important recruit in Syracuse history, but this courtship is crucial to the future of a program that hasn’t recruited another point guard because of loyalty to Green.
This Saturday, in a ceremony at his high school, the five-star point guard will announce where he will attend college.
Green, a senior guard at Neumann-Goretti High School in Philadelphia, Pa. — has narrowed his list down to five finalists, including Syracuse, Kentucky, Villanova, Duke and Temple.
Carl Arrigale, Green’s high school coach, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Green’s choice was between Syracuse and Kentucky.
Kentucky will be fine — with or without Quade — but Syracuse is all in.
“You hear a lot of comparisons, but some people say he’s Kyle Lowry with a jump shot,” Arrigale said at the time. “At that size, you gotta shoot to be great, and he’s a great shooter.”
The Syracuse coaches have focused their efforts on Green to the extent that other point guards in the 2017 class crossed Syracuse off their lists. In some cases, Syracuse decided not to go after some point guards, making Green their primary target. Syracuse didn’t offer scholarships to New York City point guards Jose Alvarado (Georgia Tech) and Isaiah Washington (Minnesota). Another 2017 point guard Matt Coleman of Oak Hill Academy cancelled his official visit to Syracuse earlier this fall in a decision that seemed mutual.
Green — a 6-foot-1 prospect from Philadelphia — is the No. 4 point guard and No. 24 overall recruit in the class of 2017, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.