While 2017 recruiting is in full swing, the Kentucky Wildcats are also looking ahead to the 2018 class. One particular player the Wildcats have an interest in is point guard Immanuel Quickley.
Quickley, a 6'3 point guard out of Maryland, is one of the top point guards in the class of 2018. He's recently picked up some steam in the recruiting world, gaining offers from UCLA, Arizona, Villanova, Texas A&M, and home-state Maryland (the school he grew up cheering for).
Other top programs, such as Kentucky and Duke, have been in contact with Quickley, but no offers have been made. However, it is believed by many that Quickley could receive offers from both schools in the near future.
UK coaches informed Quickley they will be watching him in the FIBA Tournaments in Spain and in the upcoming Adidas circuits. John Calipari also plans to speak with Quickley following the fulfillment of his Team USA duties, according to Ben Roberts at the Lexington Herald-Leader.
"Obviously when you talk about John Calipari, (it’s) one and done, two and done, just getting players to the NBA at the highest level," Quickley said.
Quickley recently made the Team USA U17 squad after intense tryouts. This came after a sophomore season in which he averaged 17.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.5 steals including hitting several buzzer-beaters.
In the process, Quickley has shown flashes of becoming the kind of lighting-fast athletic guard that John Wall once was in Lexington.
"Obviously, everybody knows John Wall," Quickley said. "He can get up and down the court in three, four dribbles. And he gets everybody involved. That’s just one of the many point guards from John Calipari that I’ve watched."
Calipari usually fares well in landing his preferred point guard each year, and it seems as if Quickley will be one of the top options for the position in the 2018 class.