Everyone’s focused on the current Kentucky Wildcats’ postseason run, but before the madness begins, let’s take a moment to check in on the future Cats, who are wrapping up their high school careers.
Quickley and Johnson named Naismith All-Americans
Today, Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson earned Naismith Trophy High School All-American honors from the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Johnson was named to the five-man All-American Second Team while Quickley earned honorable mention.
Quickley’s high school career ended on Saturday when John Carroll lost to St. Frances in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal. Quickely had 18 points and finished his senior year averaging 20 points, six rebounds and six assists per game, not bad considering he battled injuries throughout.
Johnson and Oak Hill will play in the GEICO High School Basketball Nationals
Right after the McDonald’s All-American Game on March 28, Johnson will travel to New York to join Oak Hill Academy in the GEICO High School Basketball Nationals, which will be aired on the ESPN family of networks. He’s averaging 22.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists this season.
Tyler Herro and Whitnall continue their playoff run Thursday night
Herro eclipsed the 2,000-career point mark Friday night in Whitnall’s win over New Berlin Eisenhower. Thursday night, they’ll take on Pewaukee in the WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal. Since returning from a calf injury in January, Herro has scored fewer than 30 points in a game only once, when he put up 21 vs. Shorewood on his Senior Night, which was — of course — when I came to interview him for our Next Man Up series.
Read our Next Man Up series!
After Drew’s trip to Oak Hill last week, all three parts are online for your reading pleasure:
- Next Man Up: Getting to know Immanuel Quickley
- Next Man Up: Tyler Herro Fueled by All-Star Snub
- Next Man Up: UK’s Keldon Johnson aims to be Oak Hill’s next big star
Watch this video feature on Tyler Herro
For more on how Herro deals with being called a “snake” by Wisconsin fans, check out this feature from TMJ-4 in Milwaukee:
What about EJ Montgomery?
There don’t appear to be any updates on the EJ Montgomery front. The five-star big man still plans to take more visits, including five official visits, before deciding this spring.
Last week, Ashton Hagans and Montgomery faced off in the Georgia State Elite 8, highlights of which you can see below. Hagans had 31 points and Mongtomery 30, with Hagans’ Newton winning 87-81.