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Immanuel Quickley explains why each of his four finalists stand out

Five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley provided some breaking news on this morning’s KSR show when he told Evan Daniels that Kentucky is the leader in his recruitment.

“I think right now Kentucky is definitely the favorite,” Quickley said in an interview from Egypt. “I think it’s an advantage because I’m getting to know Coach Calipari right now.”

Quickley then went on to tell Evan why each of his four finalists — Kentucky, Kansas, Miami and Maryland — made the last cut over the many, many schools that had been recruiting him.

Here’s why he said each team stood out above the rest:

Kentucky: 

“All of the players that have been successful at my position, players in the past, that’s what most stands out about them.”

Kansas:

“Player development has been a big thing with them; you know, sometimes they don’t always get the McDonald’s All-Americans and stuff like that, but they develop them. For example, Frank Mason and what they’ve done with him, getting him to the NBA. At his size, that speaks a lot about their player development.”

Miami:

“They just stress ‘feel.’ They say if it feels right to come to Miami, then make the decision. They’ve got a lot of DMV players, players like me, to commit there and play beyond, so that’s been a big thing from them.”

Maryland:

“(It’s) close to home and so my family being able to see me play, and I think that’s a big thing too, my family being able to see me play. It’s right near home, right around the corner, so I would have my whole community’s support.”

He plans to take official visits to all four schools later in the summer and then make his commitment prior to the start of his senior season of high school. Miami is the only one of the four he hasn’t seen yet.


Immanuel Quickley says UK is his leader

For the first time in his recruitment, Immanuel Quickley has said Kentucky is the leader for his services.

The five-star guard was a guest with Evan Daniels on today’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio radio (with a few minor audio complications) and Quickley told him, “I think right now Kentucky is definitely the favorite. I think it’s an advantage because I’m getting to know Coach Calipari right now.”

Quickley did say he is still considering his three other finalists — Maryland, Miami and Kansas — but at this moment, Kentucky has the lead over that bunch.

The plan is still to make and announce a decision before the beginning of his senior year of high school this fall, he added. He will start taking his four officials visits soon.


10 Things To Know About Immanuel Quickley

10 Things To Know About Immanuel Quickley

If you’re a fan of Kentucky basketball, Immanuel Quickley is a high school prospect you need to get to know.

Immanuel Quickley
Point Guard (2018) | 6-3 | 175 lbs.
Bel Air, MD | John Carroll School
AAU: Team BBC
★★★★★
ESPN No. 12 | 1 PG Top247 No. 5 | 1 PG
Rivals No. 15 | 4 PG Scout No. 10 | 2 PG

Ranked as the No. 2 point guard and a top-10 player in the 247Sports 2018 Composite Rankings, Quickley is the mid-summer favorite to become the first member of John Calipari’s next great class at Kentucky. The Maryland native is also a member of Calipari’s U-19 team that will travel to Cairo, Egypt next weekend for the 2017 FIBA World Cup, so what better time to familiarize yourself with him than right now?

Here are 10 Immanuel Quickley facts you need to know…

 

1. He is only considering four schools.

Quickley’s list is down to four schools as his recruitment winds down. Kentucky is the presumed leader of the bunch, while he still entertains offers from Kansas, Miami and nearby Maryland.

Duke, Providence, Virginia and Washington were also in the mix before the list was cut in half late last month.

2. He plans to make his decision soon.

Quickley has said many times that he will make and announce his decision prior to the start of his senior season of high school this fall.

The timeline bodes well for Kentucky as Calipari coaches him with Team USA this summer.

3. He was the first point guard in his class to receive a UK offer.

John Calipari has his eyes on a couple of points guards in the Class of 2018, but Quickley is the top priority of the bunch for the Wildcats. He received his scholarship offer back in October, making him the first point guard on the board with the option to attend UK. Javonte Smart (no confirmed offer) and Quentin Grimes (offer) are also in the mix, although it is Quickley’s spot to take if he wants it.

4. Joel Justus is the lead recruiter.

Second-year assistant coach Joel Justus is spearheading Quickley’s recruitment for the Cats. He’s made several trips to see the five-star point guard and Quickley once said in an interview that he talks to Justus on a daily basis.

You can see some of Quickley’s in-home visit with Justus and Coach Cal here via a video from the Quickley family.

5. He attended Big Blue Madness 2016.

Quickley made the drive from Baltimore to Lexington last fall to see the welcoming party for the 2016-17 Kentucky Wildcats in Rupp Arena. He and several other UK targets — including Quade Green, P.J. Washington, Nick Richards and Kevin Knox — were in attendance for Big Blue Madness on an unofficial visit to Kentucky in mid-October.

6. He won a FIBA gold medal last summer.

Quickley won a gold medal as a member of Team USA at last summer’s FIBA U-17 World Championship in Spain. He averaged 3.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in six of the U.S. team’s seven games. Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox was also on that 12-man gold medal team with Quickley.

7. He plays the drums in his church.

And he’s good at it, too.

8. He’s into pottery.

From Quickey’s personal blog on USA Today High School Sports:

I’m loving my Ceramics class. It’s just cool to build things like cups and boxes and things like that.

UK’s College of Fine Arts offers several ceramics courses, ranging from intermediate to advanced.

9. He and Markelle Fultz are very close friends.

Quickley considers this year’s No. 1 NBA draft pick to be one of his best friends.

@IQ_GodSon

10. He can do things like this…


Romeo Langford is Done Dealing with Coaches

Langford (73) via USA Basketball

If college basketball coaches want to speak with Romeo Langford, they have to go through his parents first.

The 2018 superstar wing from New Albany, Indiana revealed a few things today in his first USA Today blog.  Like many other elite college basketball players, he’ll write his thoughts about the recruitment process throughout the next year, starting with his journey to Cairo for the FIBA U19 World Cup.  Before departing, Langford decided he will not talk to college coaches until after they speak with his parents.

“My parents and I decided when it all started that the coaches would go through them to contact me. It just works better for me that way so I can just focus on getting better and taking care of my schoolwork during the school year.

“The coaches don’t even have my cell number.”

Langford shared a story from training camp about his teammate and UK target, Immanuel Quickley.  Their scrimmage had just ended and Quickley was already taking a call from a college coach.  “For now, going through my parents is what works best for me,” Langford added.

The only other player Langford mentioned in the post also has a UK connection.  Make what you will of it.

“The player that has impressed me the most in the scrimmages is Hami (Diallo). He’s really good and very athletic.”

[USA Today: Romeo Langford Blog]


Coaching Team USA is an advantage for Cal, recruits agree

Scout

Calipari may have been in Colorado at a training camp for USA Basketball U19, but it may as well been one giant recruiting trip.

After three days of instruction with their potential coach Immanuel Quickley, Cameron Reddish and Romeo Langford all agree that the training camp was an advantage for Kentucky.

Thanks to the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts, we know what the three recruits think:

Quickley: “It’s definitely an advantage,” he said. “No doubt.”

Reddish: “I get to see how he really coaches. How he is outside of recruiting,” Reddish said. “I like him. He pushes me to get better. That’s what I need — somebody who’s going to push me to the limit, and that’s what he’s doing.”

Langford: “I like the way he coaches,” he said. “He doesn’t let you slide on anything. Little things like catching the ball with two hands. Little things like that — that’s what makes you better as a player.

“It kind of gives him a head start. I get to see how he coaches, and I get to see if I like the way that he teaches his kids.”

I like the way these guys are talking.


The Louisville scandal won’t affect Romeo Langford’s decision

Louisville’s troubled history of turning its men’s basketball dormitory into a whorehouse will not weigh on Romeo Langford’s final college decision.

Langford told Ben Roberts he wasn’t surprised by last week’s NCAA sanctions because everyone knew it was coming, and that he loves Rick Pitino for the way he uses his guards and develops his players. (Note: Someone should tell Romeo that Rick is slow to develop players.)

The five-star guard also said he plans to trim his list at the end of the summer. He aims to narrow that list to seven schools and there are no leaders at this stage of his recruitment.

As for Kentucky, Langford told Roberts, “Coach Calipari, everybody knows him, big time coach. I just like the way he develops his players. He gets his players where they want to go.”

For more on Langford’s recruitment, read Roberts’ story from Colorado here. He has been one of the stars at U19 training camp so far.


Team USA finalists announced, all three Wildcats advanced

John Calipari’s group of FIBA World Cup hopefuls has been narrowed down to 18 players out in Colorado Springs.

Among those 18, three Wildcats and several Wildcat targets made the cut.

Here’s the full list of finalists:

Bol Bol
Jordan Brown
Hamidou Diallo
Carsen Edwards
Kevin Huerter
Louis King
Kevin Knox
Romeo Langford
Brandon McCoy
Chuma Okeke
Josh Okogie
Payton Pritchard
Immanuel Quickley
Cameron Reddish
Mitchell Robinson
Quinton Rose
PJ Washington
Austin Wiley

Duke’s Marques Bolden, a former UK target, was one of the players cut from competition and sent home from Colorado.

The final 12-man roster will be named later this week.


Official Team USA measurements from U19 camp

USA Basketball released the official measurements from U19 training camp in Colorado Springs.

Here are the numbers for the three Wildcats:

Player Height (w/shoes) Weight Wingspan Standing reach
Hamidou Diallo 6-5 199 6-11 8-5.5
Kevin Knox 6-8.75 209 7-0 8-11
PJ Washington 6-8 237 7-3 8-9

And here are the numbers for UK’s Class of 2018 targets:

Player Height (w/shoes) Weight Wingspan Standing reach
Bol Bol 7-3 220 7-8 9-7
Jordan Brown 6-11 194 7-0 8-11.5
Louis King 6-6 204 7-0.5 8-8
Romeo Langford 6-5 196 6-10.5 8-6.5
Immanuel Quickley 6-3.5 178 6-7.75 8-2.5
Cameron Reddish 6-7 203 7-1 8-8.5

That’s a pretty nice wingspan for Immanuel Quickley, who may soon be Kentucky’s first commitment from the class.


Meet the Man Who Could Be Calipari’s First 2018 Commit, Immanuel Quickley

USA Basketball

John Calipari doesn’t have to look far for what could be his next point guard.  This week at the Team USA Training Camp in Colorado Springs, Cal is coaching Immanuel Quickley, a lengthy five-star point guard from Maryland who could be Kentucky’s first commitment in the class of 2018.

The first point guard to receive a scholarship offer from Calipari, Quickley plans on deciding before his senior season, and that decision is more likely to happen sooner rather than later.  Down to UK, Kansas, Maryland and Miami, Evan Daniels told Ben Roberts the Cats are the team to beat and there’s “not really” any other competition from Quickley’s other finalists.

Calipari gets an obvious advantage in recruiting this week, although there are a few different ways to look at it.  Being able to pick apart Calipari’s brain is what Quickley likes the most about this experience.

“This is the first time I’ve actually had basketball instruction that will be from him. So it’s going to be different,” Quickley told Roberts. “Just being able to talk to Cal, getting to pick his brain, on and off the floor, I think that’s an advantage.”

The other advantage for Calipari is his point guard resume.  Quickley told Kyle Tucker he sees this week as an opportunity to prove to Calipari he can “carry the torch” in UK’s legacy of point guards.

“I think it really means everything because you don’t want to go somewhere where the players haven’t been too successful at the same position.  You want to go somewhere where they’ve been successful, so I think that means a lot.”

There’s a lot going for the Cats.  Is there anything going against them? “I don’t really think there’s too many cons when you talk about Kentucky.”

Even though he dished out plenty of praise for the Cats, he refused to call them his leader.  He still plans on visiting all four of his finalists before making his final decision.

By The Numbers

Immanuel Quickley
Point Guard (2018) | 6-3 | 175 lbs.
Bel Air, MD | John Carroll School
AAU: Team BBC
★★★★★
ESPN No. 14 | 2 PG Top247 No. 16 | 5 PG
Rivals No. 15 | 4 PG Scout No. 10 | 3 PG
  • Offered on October 3, 2016, he’s just one of two 2018 PGs with UK offers.
  • At last year’s FIBA U17 tournament in Spain he averaged 23.7 points and 7.2 assists.
  • 247 Crystal Ball: 73% UK, 18% Washington, 9% Duke

In-Home Visit

Quickley did something we’ve never seen before.  In a documentary about his recruitment, Cal let the family film an in-home visit.  Hear Cal’s pitch and witness an experience that used to be exclusively reserved for the nation’s best basketball players.

Game

Quickley fits the mold for Calipari point guards.  His two best weapons are speed and length.  His shooting was considered the biggest question mark, until he showed off an improved three-point shot in this year’s adidas circuit.  One of his best performances (which you can see some of below) came against Quentin Grimes, the other 2018 point guard with a UK offer.


Kentucky targets make up the top 5 of ESPN’s updated 2018 Top 100

Kentucky targets make up the top 5 of ESPN’s updated 2018 Top 100

ESPN just updated its Top 100 rankings for the 2018 class and, not surprisingly, every player in the top five has an offer from Kentucky. Marvin Bagley leads the way at #1, followed by Zion Williamson, Cameron Reddish, Bol Bol, and Romeo Langford. How good is Bagley? Paul Biancardi said the 6’11” power forward is a “once-in-a-lifetime talent” that would go number one in THIS year’s draft.

“The 2017 NBA Draft could be one of the best in a long time and could have the most one-and-done picks since the inception of the rule in 2005. Even with top talents like Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum and others, Bagley would go before all of them. Bagley is the best pro prospect in the last 10 years. The NBA looks hard at position size combined with athletic ability, measurables, scoring skills and basketball knowledge. Bagley’s game has a maturity with high end results as he flirts with a triple-double on some nights. He will be the top pick in the 2019 NBA draft if he continues to do his job.”

Here’s the rest of the top 15 for 2018 (players with confirmed UK offers in bold):

1. Marvin Bagley, III
2. Zion Williamson
3. Cameron Reddish
4. Bol Bol
5. Romeo Langford
6. Moses Brown
7. Nazreon Reid
8. Jordan Brown
9. Simisola Shittu
10. Jontay Porter (commited to Missouri)
11. Darius Garland
12. Emmitt Williams
13. Keldon Johnson
14. Immanuel Quickley
15. Jahvon Quinerly

Keep in mind that Cameron Reddish, Bol Bol, Romeo Langford, and Immanuel Quickley are all in Colorado Springs to try out for Calipari’s U19 National Team this week. Read more of Biancardi’s takeaways on the 2018 class and see the full rankings below. And then watch Bagley take on Bol Bol.

[ESPN]

 


The FIBA U19 Training Camp Kicks Off Tonight

Beginning this evening, Coach Cal is overseeing a week long camp to narrow down just which players will represent the USA in the FIBA U19 World Cup in July.

The Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts ran through some of the details:

Assuming they all make the final team, UK freshmen Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox and PJ Washington will get close to 20 practice sessions with their new head coach before the FIBA World Cup itself. All three of those players traveled overseas with Team USA last summer.

Calipari will also have an opportunity to make an impression on the four high schoolers with UK offers: Bol Bol, Romeo Langford, Immanuel Quickley and Cameron Reddish, who have all emerged as top recruiting targets for the Wildcats’ class of 2018.

You can read the whole piece here, which goes into much more depth about the four 2018 targets.

@JayWinkKSR


Calipari placed a call to two Class of 2019 stars

John Calipari finally got around to reaching out to two of the best players in the Class of 2019 today.

Kentucky’s head coach placed calls to Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine, two high school teammates up in New Jersey. Lewis is considered the fifth overall player and top shooting guard in his class; Antoine is the fourth overall player and top combo guard, per the Top247.

Together they form a lethal combination in the Ranney School backcourt, as you can imagine. I caught a glimpse of them up in New Jersey earlier this year and it was hard to believe they were only sophomores at the time. And for what it’s worth, Calipari was also in the building and he seemed equally impressed.

I have no idea why it took so long for Calipari to place a call to two of the best overall players in the upcoming junior high school class, but he knows a lot more about what he’s doing than any of us ever will.

Better late than never, right?


Naz Reid names final seven schools, Kentucky included

Naz Reid names final seven schools, Kentucky included

Five-star power forward Naz Reid released a list of seven finalists in his recruitment on Tuesday. Those seven schools are Arizona, Kansas, LSU, Louisville, Seton Hall, UCLA and, of course, Kentucky.

Here’s the fancy graphic he used to announce the list:

I saw Reid play back in February at his Roselle High School in New Jersey, the former basketball home of one Isaiah Briscoe. Calipari and Tony Barbee were also in attendance to watch him ball, and he was so dominant inside. It’s hard to believe this guy is only going into his senior season of high school. I thought he was 30.

Kentucky has yet to extend a scholarship offer, but has been in contact.

Watch his spring highlights that hit the internets yesterday…


Joel Justus is going recruiting in Argentina

You’re looking at a picture of Formosa, a city in Argentina, and that’s where UK assistant coach Joel Justus will be this week. According to Ben Roberts, Justus will scout recruits in the 2019, 2020, and 2021 classes in the FIBA Americas U16 Championships, which starts Wednesday and ends on Sunday. Targets on Team USA include 2019 power forwards Vernon Carey Jr. and James Wiseman; small forward Wendell Moore; 2020 point guards RJ Hampton and Jalen Suggs; and 2020 power forward Isaiah Todd.

Also on Team USA: 2021 point guard Zion Harmon, who hails from Bowling Green and is considered one of the most promising players in the entire country. Last summer, the 5’8″ Harmon became the first seventh grader ever to compete in the 17U division of Nike EYBL and then led his school to their first state title. He’s the only 2021 prospect on the 16U team, but as he told USA Today’s High School Sports’ site, age is just a number to him.

“Age doesn’t really mean nothing to me. I’m a Christian and in the Bible, they have people that rule kingdoms when they’re 13 years old,” he said. “It’s really about how fast you can mature, not how long you’ve been on this earth… When I get on the court I feel like it’s basketball and we all just playing.”

Harmon is only an eighth grader, but as we head into a busy evaluation period next month, he’s someone to keep an eye on, as I’m sure Justus will this week.

 


Bol Bol makes a huge jump in Scout’s rankings

(Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

Few players in the 2018 class have had a better spring than Bol Bol. The 7’2″ son of late NBA great Manute Bol was named the MVP of the Nike EYBL circuit after averaging 24.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks per game for California Supreme, which has sent his stock soaring. Scout.com’s Evan Daniels released his latest Top 100 player rankings for the 2018 class and Bol moved all the way up from number thirteen to number two, just behind Marvin Bagley. Here’s what Daniels had to say about his incredible spring and summer:

Bol, a 7-foot-2 big man out of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, made the biggest splash of the summer, showing incredible improvement in a short amount of time. For his size, Bol moves pretty well and his length certainly impacts the game in a variety of ways, but what stood out with his play with California Supreme was his confident and ability on the offensive end.

Not only does Bol possess very good hands and touch around the basket, but he’s developed post moves and a comfort from mid-range and three shooting the ball. Through 15 EYBL games, Bol is shooting 48.9-percent from three (22-for-45). In EYBL Atlanta his confidence was sky high and he was making turn around jumpers and fade aways with ease.

Bol is the only 2018 player Calipari offered this spring, and the Cats are the early favorite in his 247 Sports Crystal Ball with 75% of the predictions. He, Romeo Langford, Cameron Reddish, and Immanuel Quickley will participate in the tryouts for John Calipari’s U19 National Team next week in Colorado Springs.

Let’s watch him work:

[Scout]