The rise of Immanuel Quickley has justified him being Kentucky’s top point guard target in 2018.
Quickley, who attends John Carroll School in Bel Air (MD), has a long list of reported offers, including Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland, Louisville, Miami and Washington. He’s ranked 11th overall by 247 Sports Composite, which measures all of the recruiting services.
That same ranking has Quickley behind Darius Garland and Tre Jones as the top point guards in 2018, but Jerry Meyer thinks the Kentucky target may the class’ best floor general in a deep class for them.
“There's like 10 that you could make an argument for but I'm starting to feel like Quickley needs to be at the top of that list," Meyer told Cats Pause. "I see him more and more as a Brandon Knight vs. a John Wall. He's a high-level combination of the two. He doesn't have crazy athleticism but he is very quick and he can make plays. To me, what stands out is his shooting ability.”
Part of that love for Quickley stems from his tremendous showing on the AAU circuit. That included 42 points in his AAU finale in Team BBC's 96-80 loss to D1 Minnesota at the Adidas Summer Championship this past Saturday.
That earned him a spot on Scout.com’s list of the top performers from the Las Vegas event:
It was an absolutely dominant close to the AAU season for Immanuel Quickley. The Baltimore native played as well as he has at any point in his career during his time in Vegas. Quickley scored every single way imaginable and at times completely put his team on his back and lifted them to wins. A big point guard with excellent vision and feel for the game, Quickley is now shooting the ball better than ever, and is showing more leadership than about any floor general in the country.
Quickley is still planning to take more of his official visits this fall before making a decision. Luckily for Kentucky, that should’t take long as Quickley will have most, if not all of his visits completed by the third week of September, and he plans to make a decision shortly thereafter.
Kentucky has offered other point/combo guards in this class, but Quickley is the one Calipari has recruited the hardest for over a year now. When Calipari stays on a recruit that long, it’s usually game over for the competition.