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Thursday Quickies: Quickley Catching Up Edition

The game is slowing down for the freshman point guard, which is leading to increased production

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Immanuel Quickley hasn’t set the world on fire in his freshman year at Kentucky, but coach John Calipari likes what he has seen out of Quickley the last few games, particularly on Tuesday night against Ole Miss.

“Immanuel has been unbelievable,” Calipari said in the postgame press conference. “Plus, you know either he was going to get it, or Tyler (Herro) was going to get one of those last free throws because you know you can count on them to make them. He has been terrific. He has gotten better. His mind is slowing down. Early on, his mind just raced and he couldn’t really slow his mind down to do the things that he is capable of doing.”

Quickley hasn’t hit double digits in scoring over the last five games, but he’s been a stabilizing force at the point guard position with Ashton Hagans out of the game or playing alongside Hagans in a two point guard lineup.

Quickley was a highly-ranked recruit coming out of high school, and while he hasn’t been a star in Lexington during his freshman year, Quickley is finding his niche on this team to help be a key contributor as Kentucky looks to make a Final Four run.

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