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EYBL Hampton DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE SESSION: Quade Green

By D1 Circuit Staff, 05/18/16, 4:30PM EDT

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After EYBL Brooklyn, it was clear that Quade Green was an elite offensive playmaker

After Hampton, the same exact thing can be said about Green’s defense.

Using his elite quickness and natural instincts, Green employed a relentless defensive mentality in Hampton that helped lift his PSA Cardinals to an undefeated showing.

Operating without star teammates Mo Bamba, Cole Anthony and Deng Gak, Green was forced to take his game to another level. His passing remained as sharp as always, and his scoring stayed consistent, but it was his on-the-ball defense that opened eyes during session three.

Head coach Munch Williams commented on Green’s defensive importance, pointing towards his point guard’s mental makeup.

“(Quade) has shown that defense is something that you can master not only with your physical skills. but with your mental toughness and overall basketball IQ,” Williams said.

Green accounted for 16 total steals in PSA’s four wins, including a season-high six steals in their come-from-behind win over Wings Elite.

PSA averages over a point per offensive possession, which means Green’s defense directly accounted for nearly five points per game in Hampton. The Cardinals only allow 60.1 points per game through 11 games, and that number is largely due to their defense in Hampton.

In four Hampton wins, the Cardinals gave up 49.5 points per game. The impressiveness of that statistic is difficult to equate, mainly because the Cardinals were missing their two top interior defenders.

Williams credits Green’s tenacity for the team’s overall defensive uptick.

“Him leading the EYBL in steals at this point is showing the country that when you play PSA, everyone on the court will be defending at a high level,” Williams stated.

Green’s feisty on-ball defense has become of staple of his every game value, and he clearly gave his opponents trouble throughout the entire weekend. A squad that can be missing their top two interior defenders and actually improve their defensive statistics is one that is going to win a lot of games. PSA has done a lot of winning in 2016, and much of that  can be credited to their versatile point guard.

The ultimate competitor, Green seems to get better each time out. The 6-foot point guard from Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) has a Peach Jam Championship on his mind, and is racking up the individual awards in the process.

On the season, Green is averaging 2.7 steals per game, to go with 13.1 points and 10.2 assists.

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