The duel between Immanuel Quickley and Zion Williamson lived up the hype. Two of the ten best players in the class of 2018 put on a show at the Adidas Final. When the dust settled, Quickley emerged on top and the two friends talked about playing college basketball together.
“We actually just talked about it after the game,” Quickley said after I mentioned every college recruiter’s favorite term ‘package deal.’ “He’s going to talk to his mom. I’m going to talk to my people and we’re going to try to get it done.”
Before playing against each other on the Adidas circuit, they have a history of playing with each other at other Adidas events.
“I played with him at the Path, for Adidas. He’s usually my roommate when we go to those events, so I know him pretty well,” Quickley said.
Zion took it one step further when asked if there was any truth to a potential package deal.
“There’s a lot of truth to that,” Zion said. “Me and Immanuel are good friends. We bonded over the Adidas Path and I just love the way he plays point guard. That’s the type of point guard I want to play with.”
But wait, there’s more.
Quickley, Williamson are pretty friendly with each other, even in the middle of a game pic.twitter.com/fH0lg3tQMd
– Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) July 14, 2017
After watching the two today, they might be the most powerful package deal mentioned to date.
Quickley connected on an alley-oop from half-court. Williamson had so many tip-slams, I lost count. In the end, the talented point guard prevailed. Quickley was one assist away from a triple-double in a 68-64 win; 20 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Williamson finished 28 points and 16 rebounds.
UK assistant coach Joel Justus watched the game courtside. There were dozens of other coaches from Duke, Kansas and everyone in-between.
“I enjoy it,” Quickley said after the game. “That’s the most fun for me. A packed gym, all the coaches, I think that’s the best part of the AAU circuit.”
Quickley has somehow continued to play at a high level throughout the tournament, even though he’s only had one day off in the last month. The most rewarding experience throughout his basketball travels from around the world was playing for Coach Cal in Egypt.
“It was really cool. Just him being hands on with me, I think that was really important.” Quickley said their conversations haven’t ended since the trip. “I keep in touch with him a lot.”
Williamson talks to the Kentucky coaches just as much. “Coach Cal and Coach Joel text almost every two days.”
Quickley is very close to making a decision. Many already consider him to be a Kentucky commit, but he has yet to officially pull the trigger. He plans on doing just that before his senior season of high school basketball. Zion is taking it slower. He will just start visiting schools before his senior season.
“I’m just looking at every opportunity because I only get one chance to pick a school and I got to make sure it’s the right school.”
If the right point guard is at the right school, it could be an easy decision for the five-star phenom.