Kentucky Basketball: Quade Green is Cats’ primary point guard, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will play

We tackle the best question asked by Kentucky fans every day. If you’d like to submit a question, tweet to Kyle Tucker  here and Joe Mussatto here. Look for the “Question of the Day” every Monday through Friday. 

Joe handled two big football questions already this week —  what’s up with the pass defense and how to get Lynn Bowden more touches — so we wanted to go with basketball on the eve of the team’s annual media day.

The Wednesday question of the day is actually going to be two questions, because they’re related, starting with JB’s inquiry: Will Quade Green be the starting point guard all season or does Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander] have a chance to earn that spot?

First of all, get to know Green a little better here with a story I wrote this week on how he’s already establishing himself as a leader. He also overcame some really remarkable things as a child to become a 5-star recruit — and soon-to-be starting point guard at Point Guard U.

Now to my answer: Yes, I think Green will be the guy all season. However, I think there will be specific situations where John Calipari will use the 6-foot-6 Gilgeous-Alexander to get a bigger lineup on the floor.

“You could have two 6-6 guards [Hamidou Diallo being the other] and three 6-9 guys,” Calipari said during a summer Q&A with local reporters. “Shai is not like the pure [point guard]. Shai can run the point — he’s good — but he’s more of an, ‘I’m going to try to get some baskets; I’m going to break this off.’ He’s not to the level of Quade, but this kid is [6-6], he’s long, he can go get baskets. He’s got kind of an old man’s game, flips and all that other stuff.

“He’s playing. And they [SGA and Green] can play together, he can play by himself, could play those two and Hami together if you wanted to.”

And now from my guy Andrew Heath, who happens to be married to the woman responsible for the UK football curse against Florida, this related question: Are Quade Green’s Pro Day measurables and times concerning?

These were Green’s measurements and testing numbers listed in a packet handed out to scouts from all 30 NBA teams who came to Lexington this week: 6 feet in shoes, 184 pounds, 6-foot-2 ½ wingspan, 3 bench-press reps of 185 pounds, 3.44-second three-quarter-court sprint, 32 ½-inch max vertical.

That makes Green the shortest scholarship player on the roster by 5 ½ inches and he has the shortest wingspan by 4 ½ inches. He also has the worst vertical, slowest sprint and second-fewest bench reps. Well, when you put it like that …

But no, I don’t think those numbers are a problem for Kentucky. They will be a problem for Green as it relates to his pro prospects, but I don’t think they’ll affect his ability to lead and facilitate on a team loaded with long, tall, quick and explosive players around him.

Whatever the numbers say, Green plays fast. In fact, Calipari said Green is faster than he thought and runs the floor like Tyler Ulis — who was even shorter and never dunked. That guy turned out OK for the Cats.

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