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The Oklahoma City Thunder draft Immanuel Quickley with the No. 25 overall pick, traded to Knicks

Former Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley has been selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. However, the New York Knicks will receive the pick, per reports. He will rejoin forces with former Kentucky assistant and current Knicks coach Kenny Payne, along with former UK players Julius Randle and Kevin Knox.

“We win the league by three games because of how he [Immanuel Quickley] played!” Head coach John Calipari said during the live Draft broadcast on ESPN after Quickley was selected.

The shooting guard elected to declare for the draft after spending two successful seasons with the Wildcats. Following Tyrese Maxey’s selection by the Philadelphia 76ers with the No. 21 overall pick, Quickley is the second UK player off the Draft board. Ashton Hagans, Nick Richards, E.J. Montgomery, and Kahlil Whitney are all still available.

Quickley’s sophomore campaign saw a huge leap from his freshman season, as he was named the SEC Player of the Year for the 2019-20 season, along with making the All-SEC First Team. He was also recognized as a Third Team All-American by several outlets. Alongside Maxey and point guard Ashton Hagans, the trio formed a three-headed backcourt monster that helped propel that ‘Cats to a 17-3 record to close out the year before the coronavirus canceled all postseason events.

After posting a modest 5.2 points and 1.8 rebounds during his first season in Lexington, Quickley’s numbers exploded across the board in year two. His 16.1 points per game, 62 made 3-pointers, and 42.8 3-point shooting percentage all led the Southeastern Conference. He’ll go down in Kentucky history as one of the program’s all-time steadiest free-throw shooters, connecting on 92.3 percent (144-156) as a sophomore, the second-best mark in one season by a UK player.

Congrats to IQ!

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

6 Comments for The Oklahoma City Thunder draft Immanuel Quickley with the No. 25 overall pick, traded to Knicks

  1. StuckinLville
    10:46 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

    I wish him the best, but I just don’t see him making it as a pro. I really don’t see any of the guys this year doing so, but hopefully they can prove me wrong. As for Nick, seeing Kansas’ big man drafted as a senior year proves he made the wrong decision. With that said, it really did seem like Cal and company pushed him out the door based on his comments. One more year of consistency and he could have been a 1st round pick too. Hopefully he gets drafted and shows teams what he can do.

  2. neat1ky
    11:05 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

    I would take either Maxey or Quickly over Ball who has played against zero competition and received very little coaching and after watching the NBA they have as good chance as others I’ve seen play and I see Richards playing as a role player and again I’ve seen worse on the bench

  3. runningunnin.454
    11:25 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

    Wasn’t worried about Tyrese; but, so happy to see IQ going No. 25, ahead of Tre Jones…I’m sure that surprised J. Bilas.

    • Mr.Incognito
      11:53 pm November 18, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah ESPN had to wait till round 2 to air their prepackaged K slurp video

  4. FloridaCat88
    1:59 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    Steal of the first round..

  5. RexRox
    8:22 am November 19, 2020 Permalink

    I see him having a long career in the league. High character guy who could eventually go into coaching. You can bet KP had a lot to do with him being drafted as high as he was. OKC is of course sending him to the Knicks.