For awhile, it looked like Trevon Duval would be the biggest priority for the Syracuse University basketball staff in the recruiting class of 2017. And while the Orange would still love to land a transcendent talent like Duval, it’s beginning to look more likely that the point guard of the future for the Orange might actually be his AAU teammate, Quade Green.
So, who is Quade Green? The 5-foot-11 point guard is a smooth shooting, scoring lead guard with deep range, and could wind up being one half of a recruiting package alongside his high school teammate and fellow class of ’17 recruit, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree. Cosby-Roundtree, by the way, is a 6-foot-8, 200 pound forward who is still skinny and a little raw, but clearly has some physical talent and could wind up emerging into one of the top prospects in Philadelphia over the next year and a half.
Getting back to Green, he and Cosby-Roundtree play for Neumann Goretti, the school you probably remember as having produced another point guard/power forward package for the Orange in Scoop Jardine and Ricky Jackson. Green is obviously smaller than most of the point guards Jim Boeheim likes bringing in to play in his 2-3 zone, but remember, we’re beginning to get into the classes that will represent the first teams under coach in waiting Mike Hopkins. As we could potentially see moving forward, Hopkins may wind up coaching a different – or at least modified – style of play, including some actual man to man defense. That makes the lack of height a little easier to get away with since we may not need the length of a 6-foot-3 or 6-foot-4 guard to disrupt passing lanes at the top of the zone.
Plus, the Orange have certainly had success with prolific shooter from Eastern Pennsylvania in the past. Green has a reputation as being one of the elite three point specialists in that region, not unlike the Man Who Would Be “New Hop,” Gerry McNamara. It’s clear watching his film that he’s a smooth shooter with a nice, natural stroke, and he can knock down both midrange jumpers as well as deep trifectas.
Below, I’m going to go ahead and insert a full game that Neumann Goretti played last year against Bishop McDevitt, in which Green scored 22 points (Cosby-Roundtree, if you were curious, scored eight). As a natural point guard, it was a bit surprising to see Green play off the ball so much against Bishop McDevitt, and also a little bit surprising to see how much he tends to hover around the perimeter looking for his jumper rather than attacking the basket.
Now, he definitely has the ability to both lead an offense and get to the rim, which he’s put on display on the AAU circuit as Duval’s backcourt mate. If you decide to watch any or all of the video below, Green is wearing #1, while Cosby-Roundtree wears #10. A particularly promising play for Cosby-Roundtree comes at about the 30:23 mark, when he blocks a shot, wrestles down the rebound, and then dribbles the length of the floor and drops a nice little bounce pass to a streaking Green for a reverse layup. That’s almost certainly a play that jumped out to the coaching staff when they were looking at Cosby-Roundtree (who does hold an offer).
So check out a guy who could very well be the future of the point guard position at Syracuse, who heads into his junior season rated as the No. 44 overall prospect by ESPN.