Former Kentucky Security Guard Immanuel Quickley met with three NBA teams twice and might surprise some people in next month’s virtual NBA draft.
The 6-foot-4,190-pound Quickley has met twice virtually with the Knicks, Pistons, and Thunder, according to his longtime trainer Jide Sodipo. The Knicks dial at 8, 27 and 38, the Pistons at 7 and the Thunder at 25 and 53.
Quickley also met with a number of teams once – the Nets, Celtics, Heat, Lakers, Clippers, Hawks, Jazz, Bucks, Magic, Sun, and Pelicans. If there are several sham drafts, the native of Maryland is forecast to be the late election in the second round.
The wrestler, for example, got him at the age of 46 with the explanation: “Elite shooter with a high basketball IQ, but without ideal passing skills for a security guard his size. ”
But Sodipo says people forget that Quickley was a five-star point guard in the high school class of 2018 who played the ball out in Kentucky last season. And he was still named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year as he averaged 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists, ending the season with a 20-game double-digit streak.
“Most of them [mock draft] The boys only saw him last year, ”said Sodipo. “They forget he was a pass first point guard all his life. All he had to do was prepare to play the ball in Kentucky and he made the most of it. And now he’s a better all-round player than he can play on and on. ”
Sodipo added, “This young man is built for the modern NBA. Great defender, world class shooter, high basketball IQ, great teammate who can play on and off the ball and [he’s] a better person. He will surpass many players drafted before him. ”
Sophomore Ashton Hagans was Kentucky’s main point guard last season and a freshman Tyrese Maxey also played there. Kentucky coach John Calipari compared Quickley to Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray, A breakout star in the NBA playoffs where several former Wildcats excelled Anthony Davis Win the first ever NBA championship for a former Calipari player
“Jamal Murray didn’t play, but about 15 percent point guard (in Kentucky),” Calipari said earlier this year. “I would say Immanuel played 5-8 percent point guard because the other two guys in front of him were better at pick and roll and created shots for their teammates. You weren’t a shooter like him. The team used this strength and used it in it. ”
Caliipari also compared him to Miami Heat Guard Tyler Herro, another breakout Kentucky star in the playoffs and Thunder Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
“Immanuel has been an absolute pleasure training the last two years,” said Calipari. “I enjoyed training him and watching him grow as much as any other player I’ve ever trained. Like some of our other guys who did special things like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Tyler Herro, he absolutely works his dick off. He takes his conditioning seriously, has incredible discipline, unwavering belief, confidence, and has spent almost all of his extra time in this gym.
“His reward: SEC Player of the Year, as voted by the coaches. I’ve been in this league for 11 years and only had it three times. Think about it with some of the kids we’ve been through here.
“I have no question that his growth in the NBA will be on the same path as it is here, which is steep. He’s a wonderful, centered young man who made it through to a first-round draft pick. I look forward to seeing what he does on the next level. ”
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