Kentucky Sports Radio will preview every player heading into UK’s Bahamas trip starting on August 8th. The complete schedule can be found here and all games are on SEC Network.
Basics: Immanuel Quickley is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound point guard from Bel Air, Md. Quickley was an honor roll student in high school and is an active member in his church’s band where he thrives playing the drums but can also play the saxophone. Quickley was ranked No. 19 in the Rivals247 rankings.
2017-2018: Quickley battled through injuries during his senior season but still finished with an impressive 20 points and six assists per game average. During his last season in the adidas Summer Championship AAU event he averaged 25.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and shot over 42 percent from three. He also played for John Calipari’s USA U19 team in the summer of 2017 where he averaged 6.7 points and 2.4 assists per game. Quickley’s recruitment was one of the most predictable in the Calipari era. There was next to no drama when he picked UK over Miami (Fla.), Kansas and Maryland in September of last year.
Bahamas Expectations: I’m guilty of automatically assuming Quade Green and Ashton Hagans will be the starters for UK when push comes to shove in March, but I fully admit that I expect Quickley to be ahead of Hagans at the start of the season. So, Quickley has a chance in the Bahamas to show if he is further ahead than Hagans and maybe the gap isn’t significant between him and Green? Quickley has the chance to prove a lot of people wrong in the Bahamas, including myself. What I want to see is Quickley show dominance in one area of his game because I’ve always labeled him as a player can do everything well, but nothing exceptionally great. He’s a solid shooter, he’s a good passer, he can get in the lane and is an OK finisher. He’s a good defender and won’t be a a liability on that end. I hope to see Quickley be the best UK has to offer at one of those areas.
I was impressed with how well Quickley played off the ball playing for Calipari last summer and would expect to see more of that in the Bahamas. If I had to guess where Quickley could thrive I’d say shooting, but he’s one of the biggest wildcards.
Highlights (some of the highlight videos in this series may have language NSFW. Some won’t. Follow your heart):
T.J.’s Player Preview Schedule (click the player’s name to read previous posts):
July 24th: Reid Travis
July 25th: P.J. Washington
July 26th: Jemarl Baker
July 27th: Nick Richards
July 30th: Quade Green
July 31st: E.J. Montgomery
August 1st: Tyler Herro
August 2nd: Immanuel Quickley
August 3rd: Keldon Johnson
August: 6th: Ashton Hagans
August 7th: Walk-ons