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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Immanuel Quickley gives Zion Williamson final message before decision

The final recruiting pitches have been made.


The most high-profile recruit in the 2018 class, Zion Williamson, will be announcing his college decision on Saturday.

His recruitment has been a mysterious one as there has not really been a consensus leader from recruiting gurus. Leading up to the big decision, Jason Jordan over at USA Today did a roundup of final recruiting pitches from the schools remaining on Williamson’s list.

The programs still in contention for the phenom’s services are Kentucky, Duke, Clemson, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The recent favorite has been Clemson, although Williamson claimed he would not be making the decision until this week.

Jordan gathered videos from individuals representing each program as their final pleas for Williamson to join their teams.

Duke commit Tre Jones went with Coach K as his pitch. North Carolina signee Coby White tried to sell the winning ways of the Tar Heels. Clemson commit John Newman encouraged Williamson to be his own man and not to become just another guy at a blue blood program.

And the Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, Steve Benjamin, sent a message of community support for Williamson to join the flagship school of his home state. Apparently Brian Bowen was not available.

For Kentucky, Immanuel Quickley laid out the facts. “I know you want to go to the NBA, so come to UK,” Quickley said. “We will be throwing lobs off the backboard, you feel me? Getting dunks, alley-oops, all that.”

As if that was not enough, he finished with this: “Come to Kentucky so we can get this championship.”

Quickley has been recruiting Williamson to Kentucky ever since he committed to come to Lexington last fall. This last sales pitch may not make a huge difference, but he does have a lot of good points.

Williamson will announce his final decision on Saturday, January 20th at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN, just 15 minutes before Kentucky tips off against Florida.

Where do you think Zion Williamson will end up?