6’0″ Point Guard Quade Green is a Three Point Shooting Threat for the University of Washington Huskies Men’s Basketball program, even with the NCAA 3-point line moved back from 20 feet and nine inches to the international three-point distance of 22 feet and 1.75 inches.
ORE GREEN, MORE SPACE
“When Quade Green is eligible” is a familiar refrain from Husky fans.
Washington will hopefully secure an NCAA transfer eligibility waiver for Quade Green, their former 5-star point guard and transfer from Kentucky, that allows Green to play earlier for the Huskies during nonconference play.
In his nine games played as a sophomore at Kentucky, Green primarily played off the ball when Kentucky coach John Calipari went with bigger and more athletic freshmen Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley at point guard over Green (which led to his transfer).
At the time of his transfer, Green was Kentucky’s best three-point shooter by making 42.3% on 26 attempts. (Kentucky’s other guards were shooting a combined 27.8 percent from 3-point range.)
Based on his previous performance at Kentucky, Quade Green will be the Huskies best 3-point shooter whenever he is available.
Green has rare versatility as a three-point shooter because of his ability to shoot it equally well off-the-dribble or in catch-and-shoot situations.
Quade Green is also adept at working with screens off-ball –pin down screens, baseline screens or pop/curl/flare– and using these screens to set up his defender and free himself up for a catch-and-shoot three.
And Quade can also hit threes off a 1-2 dribble pull-up from beyond the arc or in transition.
With the new deeper three-point line, a three-point shooting point guard is a unique threat that puts a lot of pressure on a defense.
When Green brings the ball up court, a defender must pick him up almost as soon as he crosses half-court, or they risk Quade hitting a three-point shot off the dribble.
With Green on-ball, off-ball, or both (even within the same possession), Quade’s ability as a long-range shooting point guard gives the Huskies coaching staff the flexibility to use him to free up opportunities for his teammates — similar to how the Golden State Warriors use Steph Curry’s “gravity” as a long-range shooter to boost their offense without him dominating the ball — the Huskies should use Green’s deep shooting ability to attract defenders’ attention and create more space and more opportunities for his Huskies teammates.
The Huskies will have many very skilled scorers that can take advantage of opportunities both beyond and inside the new three-point distance, including Naz Carter, RaeQuan Battle, and Jaden McDaniels who are all explosive athletes.
The Huskies coaches should plan in advance to run an offense that takes advantage of Green’s unique ability as a deep-shooting point guard — as well as the long-range shooting ability of Carter, Battle, and McDaniels — by emphasizing spacing, passing and the ability to read on/off-ball situations, instead of relying heavily on iso ball.
Learning these offensive concepts prior to Green’s eligibility will make the transition smoother and give the offense an immediate boost whenever Green is eligible to play.