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Immanuel Quickley has been “playing with talent my whole life”

Immanuel Quickley (Vicky Graff Photo)


Freshman guard Immanuel Quickley is hoping to help John Calipari build a national championship contender at Kentucky where the Cats seem to be loaded with talent at every position.

For Quickley, it’s like some other teams he’s been on as he noted his USA under 17 team had six lottery picks in the 2018 NBA draft.

“I have been playing with talent my whole life. It makes the game easier playing with bigs like we have and makes it a lot more fun,” Quickley, who won the 3-point shooting contest at the McDonald’s All-American Game, said. “We really go after each other in practice. We try to kill each other and there is a lot of trash talking but that’s only going to make the games easier.”

Quickley was the first commitment in UK’s 2018 recruiting class and sees no pressure following point guards like John Wall, Brandon Knight, Tyler Ulis, Andrew Harris, Marquis Teague and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander at Kentucky

“It is more excitement. It is not pressure,” Quickley said. “At the end of the day it is basketball and I work hard. You want to go somewhere where people in the past at the same position as you have had success. For me, that was Kentucky.”

Quickley could play point guard or two guard. It doesn’t matter to him.

“I am comfortable pretty much doing anything. Handling the ball, playing off the ball, getting to the rim, finding guys. That’s pretty much what my game is about … versatility. I am doing anything to help a team win,” he said.

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