Basketball: Green brings competitive streak, regardless of situation

By Larry Vaught

Contributing writer

CHICAGO — It doesn’t matter if it is practice or the state championship game, there’s always one given with point guard Quade Green of Philadelphia.

“I am very competitive. I don’t like losing ever. I take every situation serious and don’t like losing,” said Green, a Kentucky signee who played in the McDonald’s All-American Game Wednesday night.

Green is not afraid to tell teammates to pick up their play, either. He did that in practices Monday and Tuesday just to get ready for the game.

“He has a lot of heart. Heart over height. That is my motto for him. He is a dog. He is a great point guard. He’s a great dude really,” Jarred Vanderbilt, another UK signee who played in the game, said. “He don’t know how to go soft. He goes hard all the time on the court.

“Anybody that can lead the team like that I will be happy to play with them. He’s a hard worker. He wants to build with the best players in the country. He gets his players better, too.”

Paul Washington’s son, P.J., is also coming to Kentucky and was also on Green’s team here this week. He says one big reason his son signed with Kentucky was a chance to play with Green.

“With Quade, you know he is going to pass the ball. He’s not only a great passer, but he’s a willing passer,” Paul Washington said. “He makes everybody better.”

Green says passing to P.J. Washington will be easy.

“He is going to be a superstar. I will feed him the ball at the elbow. Pick and pop with him. He’s athletic, too. I want to get him the ball and let him show what he can do,” Green said.

That’s what Green always wants to do. His mother, Tamika Johnson, says that is why so many players like to be around him.

“He always tries to make everyone better. He wants to see everyone do well. He has always been that way and I think it comes across to others very easily,” she said while watching him practice.

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