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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting Update: Immanuel Quickley goes to work

With Big Blue Madness a week away and the early signing period just around the corner, we’re entering a crucial stretch in 2018 recruiting. Over the past few days alone, there have been some significant developments with Kentucky’s targets. Let’s review them.


Immanuel Quickley â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸

Point Guard 6-3 | 175 lbs Bel Air, MD John Carroll School/Team BBC
ESPN: 12 | 3 PG Top 247: 13 | 2 PG Rivals: 10 Scout: 8 | 3 PG

🔵 Visiting for Big Blue Madness ðŸ”µ

As expected, Quickley became UK’s first 2018 commitment and will assume the role as lead recruiter this weekend at the USA Basketball minicamp in Colorado Springs. Several Kentucky prospects will be at the camp, including Bol Bol, Quentin Grimes, Keldon Johnson, and Zion Williamson, so look for Quickley to go to work, particularly on his buddy Zion.

Heating up ðŸ”¥

Bol Bol â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸

Center 7-2 | 220 lbs. Santa Ana, CA Mater Dei/Cal Supreme
ESPN: 4 | 1 C Top 247: 4 | 1 C Rivals: 3 Scout: 2 | 1 C

🔵 Visiting for Big Blue Madness ðŸ”µ

Earlier this week, reports came out that Bol was still upset over his snub from the U19 National Team, but Kenny Payne went to California on Tuesday to do damage control and Calipari will probably smooth things over even more on Bol’s visit for Big Blue Madness. Arizona and USC are out of the picture due to their involvement into the FBI investigation into bribery in college basketball, making it a race between Kentucky and Oregon for the 7-2 center.

The FBI investigation could also help UK land…

Shareef O’Neal â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸

Power Forward 6-8 | 205 lbs. Santa Monica, CA Crossroads/Cal Supreme
ESPN: 24 | 9 PF Top 247: 44 | 11 PF Rivals: 27 Scout: 45 | 11 PF

Bol’s good friend and AAU teammate is reportedly rethinking his commitment to Arizona in light of the scandal, prompting several recruiting experts to predict a flip to Kentucky. O’Neal hasn’t decommitted from Arizona yet, but this is something to keep an eye on, particularly if he comes to Madness with Bol.

Quentin Grimes â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸

Shooting/Point Guard 6-4 | 185 lbs. The Woodlands, TX The Woodlands/Basketball University
ESPN: 13 | 3 SG Top 247: 17 | 5 PG Rivals: 11 Scout: 11 | 4 PG

Everyone assumed Grimes was a Kansas lock, but he always insisted Kentucky was still in the hunt. After his official visit to Lexington last week, Kentucky may have a better chance than we first thought. Grimes’ AAU coach told Rivals that the five-star guard wouldn’t be opposed to playing alongside Immanuel Quickely and that Calipari’s positionless pitch really resonated with Grimes and his family. Kansas is still the favorite and Grimes will visit the Jayhawks next weekend, but, once again, don’t count the Cats out.

Deciding next month â³

R.J. Barrett â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸

Small Forward 6-7 | 185 lbs. Mississauga, Ont., CAN Montverde/Nike UPlay Canada
ESPN: 1 | 1 SF Top 247: 2 | 2 SF Rivals: 1 Scout: 1 | 1 SF

This morning, Barrett announced he will decide between Duke, Kentucky, and Oregon on November 10. The Blue Devils have had all the momentum lately, so the fact that he’s waiting a month to decide is promising for Kentucky.

Holding pattern ðŸ’¬

Zion Williamson â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸

Forward 6-7 | 230 lbs. Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg/SC Supreme
ESPN: 2 | 1 PF Top 247: 1 | 1 PF Rivals: 2 Scout: 3 | 2 SF

Williamson visited Kansas last weekend for “Late Night in the Phog” and has yet to reschedule his official visit to Kentucky. Ideally, he would come for Madness next weekend, especially since a certain Canadian rapper is supposed to be in town. Make it happen, Immanuel!

In other Zion news, both ESPN and Rivals analysts agree that he will end up at Kentucky.

Keldon Johnson â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸

Small Forward 6-6 | 205 lbs. South Hill, VA Oak Hill Academy
ESPN: 7 | 3 SF Top 247: 11 | 2 SG Rivals: 18 Scout: 24 | 2 SG

Johnson is down to Kentucky, Maryland, N.C. State, and Texas, with the Longhorns maintaining momentum. Johnson and Quickley took their official visits to Kentucky on the same weekend and appeared to hit it off, so it will be interesting to see what effect them being together once again at the USA minicamp will have on his recruitment, if any.

Trending down â„️

Simi Shittu â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸

Power Forward 6-10 | 220 lbs. Burlington, Ontario, CAN Vermont Academy
ESPN: 6 | 2 PF Top 247: 8 | 1 PF Rivals: 8 Scout: 9 | 1 PF

Things have cooled off in a major way between the Cats and Shittu, who did not include Kentucky on his list of official visits. This weekend, he’ll be at Vanderbilt, which has seized momentum in his Crystal Ball.

Darius Garland â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸â­ï¸

Point Guard 6-2 | 170 lbs. Brentwood, TN Brentwood Academy/Bradley Beal Elite
ESPN: 11 | 2 PG Top 247: 15 | 4 PG Rivals: 15 Scout: 7 | 2 PG

🔵 Visiting for Big Blue Madness ðŸ”µ

Garland will be on campus for his official visit next weekend, but with Immanuel Quickley already on board, it looks to be a two-way race between Vanderbilt and Indiana for the Nashville native.


Romeo Langford ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Shooting Guard 6-5 | 191 lbs. New Albany New Albany/Eric Gordon All Stars
ESPN: 5 | 1 SG Top 247: 5 | 1 SG Rivals: 6 Scout: 5 | 1 SG

Langford eliminated Louisville last week after news of the scandal broke and will take trips to UNC, Indiana, and Kansas over the next month. Kentucky hasn’t been in the picture for months.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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12 Comments for Kentucky Basketball Recruiting Update: Immanuel Quickley goes to work

  1. Angelo
    5:14 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    God bless Tyler!

  2. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    6:44 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    Would absolutely LOVE RJ to come to Big Blue Madness.

  3. Kat4Life
    12:28 am October 7, 2017 Permalink

    If we are successful on everyone it is mind-boggling what 2018 could hold. If quickly was joined by Williamson Barrett Grimes and Bol…….dear god. Add those 4 to 3 or four holdovers from this year Eye Caramba !!!!

  4. Cletis75
    1:03 am October 7, 2017 Permalink

    Cal should be pulling every string possible to have Barrett there also.

    • Cletis75
      2:02 am October 7, 2017 Permalink

      To madness! Not university 6 level string pulling though.

  5. D0nc0smic
    7:54 am October 7, 2017 Permalink

    Cletus, definitely, especially since as the article says, Drake will be there, I imagine he has some pull with Canadians.

  6. Rauh Gauh
    8:33 am October 7, 2017 Permalink

    Someone needs to be in their ears selling them how much better that ladies are in Lexington as opposed to Durham dahhhhh.

  7. runningunnin.454
    8:43 am October 7, 2017 Permalink

    Immanuel is getting lonely. He’s going to talk the talk.

  8. catsarerunnin
    3:29 pm October 7, 2017 Permalink

    I’m talkin’ basketball!!!!!!

  9. ncaa is in on it
    5:28 pm October 7, 2017 Permalink

    When was the last time Louisville beat UK on a 5 star recruit?

    WHO gets the easiest road to final four every year???

    Which team shoots more 3’s and then shoots more free throws than anyone else?

    Which coach is a genius instead of whats ruining college b-ball for using 1 & done???


    Why arent you guys writing stories to get the FBI back on Lance Thomas??? That was total B.S.

  10. chris43
    12:23 am October 8, 2017 Permalink

    Would love to land Bol and Zion. Still don’t understand why Bol got snubbed from U19 team. That was kinda crazy! I mean the entire purpose of coaching this team is to get a heads up on recruiting. He’s a hell of a player! We didn’t even win gold so it’s hard to believe that he didn’t measure up. Hopefully he’ll put the past behind him and wear the blue and white next season.