John Calipari doesn’t have to look far for what could be his next point guard. This week at the Team USA Training Camp in Colorado Springs, Cal is coaching Immanuel Quickley, a lengthy five-star point guard from Maryland who could be Kentucky’s first commitment in the class of 2018.
The first point guard to receive a scholarship offer from Calipari, Quickley plans on deciding before his senior season, and that decision is more likely to happen sooner rather than later. Down to UK, Kansas, Maryland and Miami, Evan Daniels told Ben Roberts the Cats are the team to beat and there’s “not really” any other competition from Quickley’s other finalists.
Calipari gets an obvious advantage in recruiting this week, although there are a few different ways to look at it. Being able to pick apart Calipari’s brain is what Quickley likes the most about this experience.
“This is the first time I’ve actually had basketball instruction that will be from him. So it’s going to be different,” Quickley told Roberts. “Just being able to talk to Cal, getting to pick his brain, on and off the floor, I think that’s an advantage.”
The other advantage for Calipari is his point guard resume. Quickley told Kyle Tucker he sees this week as an opportunity to prove to Calipari he can “carry the torch” in UK’s legacy of point guards.
“I think it really means everything because you don’t want to go somewhere where the players haven’t been too successful at the same position. You want to go somewhere where they’ve been successful, so I think that means a lot.”
There’s a lot going for the Cats. Is there anything going against them? “I don’t really think there’s too many cons when you talk about Kentucky.”
Even though he dished out plenty of praise for the Cats, he refused to call them his leader. He still plans on visiting all four of his finalists before making his final decision.
By The Numbers
Point Guard (2018) | 6-3 | 175 lbs.
Bel Air, MD | John Carroll School
AAU: Team BBC
|ESPN||No. 14 | 2 PG||Top247||No. 16 | 5 PG|
|Rivals||No. 15 | 4 PG||Scout||No. 10 | 3 PG|
- Offered on October 3, 2016, he’s just one of two 2018 PGs with UK offers.
- At last year’s FIBA U17 tournament in Spain he averaged 23.7 points and 7.2 assists.
- 247 Crystal Ball: 73% UK, 18% Washington, 9% Duke
Quickley did something we’ve never seen before. In a documentary about his recruitment, Cal let the family film an in-home visit. Hear Cal’s pitch and witness an experience that used to be exclusively reserved for the nation’s best basketball players.
Quickley fits the mold for Calipari point guards. His two best weapons are speed and length. His shooting was considered the biggest question mark, until he showed off an improved three-point shot in this year’s adidas circuit. One of his best performances (which you can see some of below) came against Quentin Grimes, the other 2018 point guard with a UK offer.