Status: UK signee
Point guard | 6-3 | 180
School: John Carroll
Hometown: Bel Air, Md.
Quickley was the first point guard from the recruiting class of 2018 to earn a scholarship offer from Kentucky — landing one in the fall of 2016 — and he became the first player to join UK’s class of 2018, committing to the Wildcats in September.
The Baltimore-area native will remain in the running for the No. 1 point guard ranking nationally, and his blend of size, quickness, basketball IQ and passing ability appear to fit the mold of successful point guards that John Calipari has coached in the past. The talented perimeter prospect shot better than 40 percent from three-point range over the summer, making him a dangerous off-the-ball threat should he be sharing the UK backcourt with other talented point guards like Quade Green and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Quickley has also already played for Calipari as part of the USA Basketball U19 team that traveled to Egypt in July.
“I think you definitely get closer to somebody that you spend almost a month with, especially going overseas,” Quickley said after that trip. “So I got to know him quite well. I definitely think it helped (UK’s) cause, me getting to spend time with him.”
Quickley chose Kentucky over fellow finalists Kansas and Miami, and he cut home-state Maryland from his list a few weeks before his commitment.
Quickley officially signed with UK in November.
Quickley averaged 25.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and shot 42.1 percent from three-point range in the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas in July. He averaged 6.7 points and 2.4 assists in 18.3 minutes per game for John Calipari’s USA Basketball U19 team at the FIBA World Cup.
“I think Quickley — especially at the end of the summer — looked tremendous. And this is a kid that had a long, drawn-out summer. I was really impressed with his maturity as a player. I think he’s a tremendous passer. I think he’s really good in pick-and-roll situations. I think he’s got a lot of potential as a defender. This is a pass-first guard, but he’s also really improved as a shot maker from distance, especially off the catch. Immanuel Quickley did everything he needed to do in the spring and summer and has continued to progress.”
-Recruiting analyst Evan Daniels