STANFORD, Calif. — Washington sophomore guard Quade Green has been ruled academically ineligible for the winter quarter, which ends March 20, coach Mike Hopkins announced Thursday.
Sophomore Elijah Hardy, who averages 0.8 points, 0.9 assists and 7.9 minutes, made his first career start Thursday when Washington (11-4, 1-1 Pac-12) played at Stanford (12-2, 1-0).
The Huskies were hoping freshman guard Marcus Tsohonis would redshirt this season, but he’s now pressed into action and will be a backup the rest of the season. Sophomore Jamal Bey, who plays primarily on the wing, can also provide minutes as a backup point guard.
The loss of Green, who was averaging 11.6 points and 5.3 assists in 15 games, is a severe blow for the Huskies who relied heavily on his leadership and playmaking ability.
Green, a five-star recruit and former McDonald’s All-American from Philadelphia, took over the starting point guard position this season after transferring from Kentucky, where he played the previous two seasons.
Green tallied nine assists in his UW debut, but finished with just two points on 1-for-7 shooting in the season opener, which was emblematic of his early scoring troubles.
Against Eastern Washington on Dec. 4, Green broke out with 20 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field, which began a streak of eight games with double-digit scoring. During the stretch, he tallied a career-high tying 21 points against Ball State and averaged 13.6 points and 6.0 assists.
Green is able to practice with the Huskies and could rejoin the team if Washington makes a deep run in the NCAA tournament, which begins March 19-20 with first-round games.
Until then, the Huskies will be hard-pressed to adjust to a retooled offense that ranked 10th in the Pac-12 with 14.9 turnovers per game. After Green, freshman Jaden McDaniels is next on UW’s assist list with 37, followed by Hameir Wright (29).
Green is believed to be the first UW men’s basketball player to be ruled academically ineligible since Jeffrey Day left school in April 2003 after the season.