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How Immanuel Quickley is Recruiting E.J. Montgomery to Kentucky

Courtesy of McDonald’s

Courtesy of McDonald’s

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.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

15 Comments for How Immanuel Quickley is Recruiting E.J. Montgomery to Kentucky



  1. Biglaw Dawgin'
    2:03 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Quickley rules. We need another big man, and a down-low scorer. Gotta have him.



  2. maximumscott
    2:14 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    He probably wont come bc we have 2 others at that spot already.



  3. Jiminy Crickets
    2:15 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Duke is losing entire front court, while we return PJ, Richards, and SKJ, and probably Vando.

    He’s Duke’s to be had



    • VinDatuk
      2:23 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      They’ve got at least two guys coming back with the approximate talent level as SKJ and Richards. Throw in the fact they have three other guys coming in that dominate the ball and he’s not Duke’s to be had by any stretch. That doesn’t even include if Trent Jr. and Duval come back. It also doesn’t include the fact that SKJ and/or Richards could transfer. There’s a lot of moving parts here to assume he’s Duke’s to be had.



    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      3:16 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

      Marques Bolden will be back and if you look at bigs that have gone to Duke that aren’t top 10 recruits, they usually struggle heavily as freshmen and struggle to get off the bench (look at Chase Jeter and Marques Bolden as latest examples).



  4. Commissionersteele
    2:25 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    They’re all confused, now that payments are harder to make?
    Just come to Kentucky and you’ll have that money next year when you go pro. Geez



  5. 8 god
    2:32 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    This will be just like Bolden and Zion, kid will squeeze every bit of publicity out of the decision before ultimately choosing guaranteed PT with Coach K’s white East Coast media empire.



  6. Catcasey1
    2:35 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    And that’s coming from a troll card fan. That’s funny



  7. jaws2
    3:36 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    If this guy wants to develop as a big man quickest, he’ll come here. If not, he’ll go elsewhere. Regardless, he’s one and done. It’s just a matter of how prepared he wants to be going to the NBA.



  8. Catlogic15
    4:00 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Seems every time we have a commit recruit another to come to Kentucky, they never do.
    Maybe this time it will be different.



  9. Philthy
    4:01 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Monty better hope the NCAA changes the rules and allows the game to be played using 2 balls. That’s the only way he’ll get his hands on the ball.



  10. Philthy
    4:02 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    Monty better hope the NCAA changes the rules and allows the game to be played using 2 balls. That’s the only way he’ll get his hands on the ball….at Duke.



  11. Wade
    7:38 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    1. Quade and Quickley 2. Herro and baker3. Keldon and wenyen4. Pj and skj5. Nick and vando… so could use another big. Incase



  12. Righteous1
    8:23 pm March 26, 2018 Permalink

    I would go to Vanderbilt if i were him and join some other 5 stars that said “No” to the 8 million dollar man.



    • ClutchCargo
      12:22 am March 27, 2018 Permalink

      Well, lucky for him, he isn’t you.