IMMANUEL QUICKLEY 2018 HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER PROFILE
#15 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2018)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 180 POUNDS
POSITION: POINT GUARD
HIGH SCHOOL: JOHN CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL IN MARYLAND
CHOSE KENTUCKY OVER: KANSAS, MIAMI (FL), AMONG MANY OTHERS
Kentucky had a star studded 2017 recruiting class. The 2018 class is shaping up to be another loaded one for head coach John Calpari. Landing one of the nation’s to point guards will make fans of Kentucky very happy. Immanuel Quicklley has the talent to be a major contributor next year. While current freshman Quade Green has been good Calipari will make sure there is enough room on the court.
Quickley is a true point guard who has prototypical size for the position. He is 6’3″ and has a 6’8″ wingspan. While evaluating Immanuel Quickley, we see a player who has an advanced feel for the game. He seems to be always in control of his team. Because of his size he is able to see over a defense. He is more substance than flash, which is a good trait. The PG makes the correct passes and decisions when needed. He is a superb ball-handler. Quickley is a good but not an elite athlete. However, he sports a very high basketball IQ, which is what a point guard needs to have.
The Maryland native has very solid shooting fundamentals at this stage in his development. He scores in a variety of ways and has extended his shooting to the 3-point line. Since Quickley is very adept at scoring while attacking the rim, developing a consistent mid-range and 3-point shot will be necessary. It will keep opposing defenders from playing off him. The silky smooth PG changes speeds beautifully, which keeps his opposing defender guessing. Being able to score with both hands allows him to score while going up against bigger defenders. This will benefit him once he heads off to college and faces better competition and bigger players.
John Calipari stresses defense. Quickley has the capability to become a strong on ball defender. He has the lateral quickness and size to succeed in one on one match ups. Like most of the top point guards in the high school ranks, he is lethal in the transition game. When he grabs a defensive rebound, Quickley is a sight to see as he pushes the ball very well and either takes it to the rim and scores or passes to a player who can.
As previously mentioned, he isn’t the elite athlete that many 5-star prospects are. This doesn’t concern us as it may other analysts. Immanuel Quickley is simply an outstanding point guard. The number 15th ranked player in the class of 2018 makes very good decisions with the ball in his hands. He can knock down contested and uncontested shots. He has intangibles that are crucial for a point guard and aren’t measured in a box score. The players on Kentucky are going to love playing with Quickley. He is a player who makes everyone around him better. He has a very bright future ahead of him.
HIGHLIGHTS OF IMMANUEL QUICKLEY
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