It does not take long to realize Immanuel Quickley is a vocal leader. A chatterbox off and on the court, Kentucky’s next point guard is using his mouth at this week’s McDonald’s All-American Game to convince E.J. Montgomery to come to Kentucky.
One of the highest-ranked uncommitted recruits in the country, the athletic 6’10” forward has three leaders — Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky. Kentucky is out-numbered 4-2 by Duke commits this week, but Quickley is willing to take extreme measures to get his McDonald’s All-American teammate to Kentucky.
“The game was almost over, Duke was definitely going to lose (to Kansas),” Quickley recalled a conversation from the night before. “There was like two seconds left. I said, ‘If Duke loses, you have to come to Kentucky.'”
The joke is one of many barbs Quickley is throwing Montgomery’s way at Duke’s expense. “I’ve been recruiting him the whole time, just trying to keep him away from R.J. (Barrett) and Zion (Williamson) as much as possible.”
Montgomery arrived in Atlanta prepared to hear chirping from all parties. None of it seems to bother him.
“It’s just a continuation. They’re always texting me, hitting me up about coming to their schools too,” Montgomery said. “I knew when I came up there it’d be a lot of that.”
He kept most of his comments close to the chest. Unwilling to give away too much, Montgomery reiterated that he will officially visit three of his finalists, possibly two more, and did not reveal a timetable for his decision.