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Immanuel Quickley ‘not even the same player’ as last year

Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

On Immanuel Quickley’s fridge hangs a list of goals he wants to accomplish this season. He wouldn’t share them with reporters at Media Day, but said they represent the new mindset he’s bringing into year two at Kentucky.

“I keep those to myself,” Quickley said. “I’ve worked really hard on myself.”

That hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. John Calipari singled Quickley out during his Media Day press conference, comparing his new approach to PJ Washington’s a year ago.

“Immanuel is not even the same player,” Cal said. “I mean, I had someone come in and watch us practice and say, he’s not even the same guy. The reason is he’s in a different frame of mind. It’s kind of like when PJ came back. PJ came back, it’s not that he just came back, he came back with a different mentality. He came back with a change of how he responded and how he saw things. Immanuel seems to be that guy right now.”

Quickley and freshman guard Tyrese Maxey are in the gym together almost every morning at 6 a.m. working on their craft. He said his performance last season was “pretty good,” but now that he knows what to expect from the game and his coaches, he’s raising the bar.

“I’ve been working on my body, changing a lot of parts of my game, just working to be the all-around best player I can be. That’s why you come to Kentucky, so you can play and practice against the best. My mindset has changed. Like last year, playing against guys like Tyler (Herro), Keldon (Johnson) and PJ and all them, my confidence has increased. Knowing I can play against them, I know I can play against anyone.”

Quickley didn’t say he lost some of his love for basketball during his freshman year, but admitted that his renewed confidence has made the game more fun.

“On the floor I’ve just got a little more joy. A little more kick to me, I guess you could say. Having fun on the floor.”

That’s easy to say in the preseason, but what happens during the grind of SEC play in January and February?

“Now he’s building his own confidence,” Calipari said. “I can’t give him confidence. I can help him gain confidence, he’s got to build it himself. Then you got to get into games and you got to have demonstrated performance. You got to do something in the games that convinces you, not me, that I got this. So but he’s done great.”


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17 Comments for Immanuel Quickley ‘not even the same player’ as last year

  1. Bluehender
    4:19 pm October 3, 2019 Permalink

    Looking forward to seeing IQ reap the rewards of his hard work. That’s how the great separate themselves from the rest..through hard work.

    • Looother
      4:24 pm October 3, 2019 Permalink

      Agree. Wishing him a great season…

    • 4everUKblue
      4:35 pm October 3, 2019 Permalink

      I agree Bluehender, I’m just sorry you’ve got Looother agreeing with you, feels like a jinx.

    • Bluehender
      5:35 pm October 3, 2019 Permalink

      Thanks 4ever. Feels weird..

    • catsarerunnin
      8:18 pm October 3, 2019 Permalink

      My sources tell me Loooother is weirder..

    • 4everUKblue
      10:29 pm October 3, 2019 Permalink

      Lol! You have good sources.

  2. CrystalBall
    4:30 pm October 3, 2019 Permalink

    He is a great young man, and a very good basketball player. Wishing him a tremendous season.

  3. DelrayCat
    5:04 pm October 3, 2019 Permalink

    Championships are great….but Cal sure has recruited some good kids to UK.

    • Bluehender
      5:37 pm October 3, 2019 Permalink

      I’m with ya Delray…he’s a class act. And there have been others that Cal has brought here.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:24 pm October 3, 2019 Permalink

      Yes he has.

    • njcat54
      10:02 am October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Do you really live in Delray Delray???

  4. ColoradoCatFan88
    5:46 pm October 3, 2019 Permalink

    With Quickley, Juzang, & Maxey we shouldn’t be able to complain about not having any outside shooters.. hopefully.

  5. bigblue2284
    7:24 pm October 3, 2019 Permalink

    Lol ok… every year insert name here is so much better.

    • nocode96
      10:36 pm October 3, 2019 Permalink

      Yes, that’s how improvement works. There is literally no other way for time as we know it to unfold. Your attempt at whatever that was was just lazy and makes no sense.

    • WILDCATS1968
      12:13 pm October 5, 2019 Permalink

      Yes, because PJ definitely did not improve last year. Way to piss on the fire before it is even lit. Just like the people who want to believe he has improved, how about you wait and see before passing judgement. You might just be surprised. But we all know that if he has gotten better, you will not be around to admit it. It would not fit your MO.

  6. Aar
    10:32 am October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Not to turn the topic or be a downer but where is the noise about the Bigs in a breakfast club, getting conditioning, putting up shots or working on post moves? This team may have the best group of guards and wings for quite some time but this team will live and die on post play – not just for scoring in the paint and rim protecting but also keeping defenders off the shooters. I wanna hear more about how competitive the bigs have been, the amount of extra conditioning and their progress. If the bigs keep opponents honest or even dominate without fouling this team will maximize their potential.

  7. Guitarteacher74
    12:44 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Can’t wait to see how better he is.