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Quickley might be more unique off court than he is on the court

Immanuel Quickley talks to his mother at the McDonald’s All-American Game. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)


ESPN recruiting director Paul Biancardi says it is a lot harder to put into words just how special University of Kentucky signee Immanuel Quickley is off the court than to describe his immense skills on the court.

He’s a lot like (UK freshman) Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander). High character. Quiet but always does the right things and just works and works and works,” said Biancardi. “He’s just unique. Calling him a good kid doesn’t do him justice. He’s way better than just a ‘good kid’ but I don’t know how else to put in.”

So good that Quickley said he enjoyed his visit to the Ronald McDonald House to see children with various illnesses and their parents than he did playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game in Atlanta.

McDonald’s is everything. Not only the basketball part, but going to the Ronald McDonald House and just touching kids’ lives with our basketball platform was pretty cool,” the Baltimore, Md., prep star said. “Life is not always about basketball. It is about helping other people and this is a platform for us to do that. I was really glad to go out there and do that. I always want to do that.”

Sundays you can find him playing drums in his church choir.

I have been going to church ever since I came out of my mother’s womb. My mom took me to church. I enjoy playing the drums. It’s like basketball — I have fun with it,” the 6-2 guard said.

He taught himself how to play drums, not an easy thing to do.

It’s just like basketball. You put time and effort in and get better,” he said after practice for the game. “I started banging on pots and pans when I was little. After I did that, I just hopped into drums and it was kind of natural.”


  1. Again some people thinks Cal has loss his recruiting tool ought to have there heads examine. We may not get all that we pitch for but what we do get is that Cal always get good character players that got there heads on straight. GO CATS!!!

  2. Always glad to have kids that put life in the right perspective. Hope he does well in all aspects of his life.

  3. It does appear that we have a couple of winning, high intensity, players coming in that we didn’t have last year, and this is a good thing. I do think that Cal slipped in some of his evaluations last year and player development during the year as well.

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