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Immanuel Quickley opens up about John Calipari and Kentucky Basketball

Will Quickley’s time with Coach Cal and the USA U19 team help sway him over to the Wildcats?

PG Immanuel Quickley has named his top four choices, and the five-star recruit from the Class of 2018 has the Wildcats in that group.
Immanuel Quickley (Adidas/via 247Sports)

One of the four players in the discussion for the best point guard in the 2018 recruiting rankings, Immanuel Quickley recently unveiled the four schools he is considering enrolling at.

John Calipari has gotten the Wildcats into that list, along with Kansas, Maryland, and Miami. Quickley recently discussed details pertaining to his recruitment, and he spoke on why Kentucky was in the running.

"I think coach (John) Calipari says basically what he says to every other kid he recruits,” Quickley told “He only offers pros so for him to think I'm a pro is a humbling and a blessing so that's really cool."

Calipari has the best track record in the nation at getting point guards to the next level, with the likes of John Wall, Derrick Rose, Brandon Knight, and now De’Aaron Fox showing what they can do in Coach Cal’s system.

The 6’3”, 165 pound floor general fits Cal’s mold perfectly, and he should get plenty of time to see what Quickley can do when he welcomes him to the USA Basketball U19 national team tryouts, which began today and will run through June 25th.

Seeing as current Kentucky Wildcat Hamidou Diallo will be in attendance, along with incoming freshmen Kevin Knox and P.J. Washington, Quickley will no doubt be hit from all sides during his time at the U19 training camp. He will also be participating with fellow Coach Cal targets Bol Bol and Romeo Langford, giving them time to bond and possibly discuss where they want to attend school.

Thus far, Quickley has enjoyed his camping trip with Calipari and looks forward to it continuing.

“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 the Herald-Leader. “Just being able to talk to Cal, getting to pick his brain, on and off the floor, I think that’s an advantage.”

Quickley is planning to take all of his official visits. However, he has yet to schedule any of them at the moment. He has already taken an unofficial visit to Lexington, along with each of the other finalists, save Miami.

As for who he deems to be the best point guard in the class, Quickley has an obvious answer.

“I think I’m the top dog,” he stated. “I’ve won pretty much every matchup I’ve played in this spring so I think I’m top dog.” He went on to add that he believes his height and playmaking is what sets him apart from the other point guards in the class.

Kentucky fans and Coach Cal are hoping that he will follow in the footsteps of the tall, playmaking ball-handlers who came before him and don the blue and white next year.