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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: Zion and Quickley BFFs Edition

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Zion and Immanuel work out together in Aruba, Logan Stenberg is ready for Southern Miss, Ky high school football scores, Boogie speaks on statues, and more!

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Good morning ladies and gents. The recruiting of the 2018 class is going to start ramping up as the season approaches. With Marvin Bagley reclassifying and committing to Duke, Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, and Cameron Reddish remain as the top recruits in the class.

Immanuel Quickley is a top ten recruit and either the first or second best point guard prospect in the class, depending on where you look, and he’s considered a heavy lean for the Kentucky Wildcats. The thought is that Quickley will commit before his high school senior season begins and he will commit to John Calipari.

That’s good news for two reasons: it’s always good to get your point guard early, and Quickley has a close friendship with Zion Williamson and that friendship seems to becoming even tighter.

The elite prospects were recorded in Aruba working out together on the beach. If Cal does land both Zion and Immanuel, that’s one helluva start to 2018.

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Hopefully Zion Williamson will feel the BBN love and make the decision to come play for Cal. This young man is going to be a superstar.

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