Immanuel Quickley is on Team USA U-19 with John Calipari this summer and that could give Cal the advantage.
6-3, from the Baltimore, Maryland area and is ranked as No. 10 overall in the 2018 class. He cut his list to UK, Kansas, Miami and home state Maryland. He’s been consistent in saying that he will make his college decision before his Senior year of high school starts.
“I think Kentucky is definitely the team to beat for Immanuel Quickley,” Scout.com’s Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader last week.
Asked if he saw another one of Quickley’s finalists as the Cats’ top competition, Daniels didn’t hesitate. “Not really,” he said.
Quickley seems to think with Cal coaching him now, it gives him a slight advantage:
“This is the first time I’ve actually had basketball instruction that will be from him. So it’s going to be different,” Quickley said. “Just being able to talk to Cal, getting to pick his brain, on and off the floor, I think that’s an advantage.”
He was also the first player at his position to receive a Kentucky offer. Kentucky’s Joel Justus has been in the forefront for more than a year with Quickley’s recruitment.
“I just want to prove that I can play with other great players,” Quickley said. “AAU team, high school team, I’m pretty much the main guy. But playing with USA Basketball, you have to come together in a short amount of time to accomplish one goal.”
It seems that Quickley always speaks very highly of Kentucky, Check out his interview with Kyle Tucker below:
“I don’t really think there’s too many cons when you talk about Kentucky.” Quickley said.
We never get to see Cal on the inside of recruits home’s but Quickley was the first one to bring us the new insight. The Quickley family got to film and make public Cal’s infamous recruiting pitch. Hear Calipari’s in home pitch in the video below:
247 Crystal Ball: 73% UK, 18% Washington, 9% Duke. However, Crystal Ball predictions have been known to be be wrong before (Kevin Knox), but Big Blue Nation hopes this one isn’t.