If you had put money on Immanuel Quickley winning the coaches vote for SEC Player of the Year, you are likely now a rich person. But the sophomore really came to play and exceeded all expectations. Now he has a decision to make about his future as a basketball player.
No player has ever led the Kentucky Wildcats in scoring or won SEC Player of the Year and returned for another year in the Calipari era. Is it really possible that someone could accomplish both of those things and then come back?
Quickley averaged 16.1 points per game to lead the Wildcats, making 42.8% of his three-point attempts and 92.3% of his free throws. Game after game, the Maryland native hit big shots to push this sometimes underwhelming roster to a very impressive win-loss record.
Junior Nick Richards was fantastic to watch. But he is the rare example of a guy that comes back for a third year to see a big pay off. How big of a jump could Quickley make in a third season?
Some of the chatter out there is that he would be a better NBA prospect as a point guard, and another season could afford him the chance to prove himself there. But conventional wisdom says that you have to make the jump while your stock is high. What decision do you think Quickley will make in the coming weeks?
Will Immanuel Quickley head to the NBA or return to Kentucky for a third year?
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