Three months ago, 2019 guard Lester Quinones was not a name on the radar of Kentucky basketball fans. But as the summer recruiting period ended, Kentucky started to show interest in the New York native.
That interest is apparently increasing, as Kentucky is expected to be one of several teams that will watch Quinones next week, according to Adam Zagoria.
St. John’s, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, UCLA, Xavier, LSU, Ohio State, Villanova and Duke are coming to watch 2019 G @Effort_les next week— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) September 7, 2018
Arizona’s whole staff is expected. https://t.co/DhzD3cFVcn
Quinones, who now plays at the IMG Academy in Florida, continues to climb the rankings and is now listed at No. 70 overall as the No. 9 shooting guard in the 2019 recruiting class, according to the 247 Sports composite rankings.
The 6’5” guard is best known for his ability to score in a variety of ways. He is a dangerous three-point shooter, has a strong mid-range game, and has proven himself as a finisher in the lane and on a fast break.
According to his Twitter profile, Quinones aspires to play like former Wildcats star Devin Booker, who is quite an accomplished scorer himself in the NBA.
Kentucky has commitments from point guard Tyrese Maxey and wings Kahlil Whitney and Dontaie Allen for 2019, so adding another perimeter scorer in Quinones would add fire power to an already dangerous back court.
Quinones currently has offers from over 20+ schools, with the most notable being Arizona, Ohio State, West Virginia, Florida, LSU, Florida State, and UConn. Kentucky, Duke, and Michigan are the most high profile programs that are just beginning to show interest.
In a class where the top is heavy with post players, Kentucky could end up with a deadly back court group in 2019.
Check out Quinones’ highlights below to see what he could bring to that talented group.