The 2016 NIKE Elite Youth Basketball League season tipped off in Brooklyn over the weekend, and a certain point guard from Philadelphia was eager to make a statement.
Safe to say, he was heard loud and clear.
Quade Green is that Philly floor general, and the 6-foot playmaker made sure his talent was on full display during his EYBL debut in Brooklyn.
Fresh off a State Championship for Neumann-Goretti High School in Pennsylvania, Green’s goals immediately turned to the NIKE EYBL season. As Director Terrance ‘Munch’ Williams put it, he was ‘getting the keys to the Ferrari.’
The Ferrari that Williams is aptly referring to is the PSA Cardinals 17U squad, stocked full of Division 1 talent, including junior stars Mo Bamba, Brandon Randolph & Deng Gak, as well as freshman stud Cole Anthony.
A competitor in every sense of the word, Green led the Cardinals to three hard-fought victories and an undefeated finish in their hometown session. He averaged 13.7 points, 10.3 assists, 1.7 steals & 1.5 rebounds, and seemed to be involved constantly on both ends of the floor.
Winning was the number one goal - and always will be - but Green put up some very impressive numbers in the process. He became the only guard in EYBL history to record 10+ assists in every session game, dishing out a total of 31 assists. He is clearly taking took of the talent around him, but it’s no surprise to Williams that he’s had an immediate impact with his returning squad.
“Quade is a well-respected leader that has proven himself to be a first team guy,” Williams explained. “He is one of the most important pieces to this team and program, both on and off the court.”
It’s not easy to assimilate into a mature, disciplined team and not only fit in, but show out. Green did just that, and as far as Williams is concerned, it’s all just part of the process.
“As a growing young man,” Williams added. “He has proven himself to be trustworthy and focused on his future.”
Josh Verlin, who runs CityOfBasketballLove.com - a Philadelphia basketball media power - has seen Green since the start of said process. He’s just as impressed as anyone.
“(Quade) has been a player-to-watch since his freshman year at Neumann-Goretti, and has continually improved in each of his three years since,” said Verlin. “But he’s certainly taken his game to the next level, and this weekend was proof positive that he’s one of the best guards.
“Not just in Philly, but the entire country.”