Local stars show they belong among the nation’s elite at the McDonald’s All-American game; Quickley shares 3-Point contest title


Baltimore basketball stars Immanuel Quickley, of John Carroll, and Jalen Smith, of Mount St. Joseph, proved they more than deserve the title of McDonald’s All-American as they played in the famed all-star classic Wednesday night in Atlanta.

After years of AAU and high school showdowns, he two were teammates for the first time in their lives as members of the East team which fell, 131-128, to the West.

Quickley, who will play next year for the University of Kentucky, showcased his ability as a point guard, dishing out eight assists in just 17 minutes of action. Rarely looking for his own shot, Quickley scored just three points, all from the free throw line, but he made several outstanding passes which translated into dunks and easy layups. He also grabbed four rebounds and one steal.

Mount St. Joe’s Jalen Smith (right) scored 12 points in the McDonald’s All-American Game.

Quickley, however, did not leave Atlanta without proving he could shoot. He displayed his silky smooth jumper in the Jam Fest 3-Point contest, which took place on Monday, scoring 17 points to share the title with Duke signee Cam Reddish of Westtown School in West Chester, Pa.

One play from the national televised game that stood out to Baltimore area fans was when Quickley had a breakaway, in the second half, for what could have been an easy dunk. Instead, he flipped the ball back over his head to a trailing Smith who finished with a two-handed jam.

Smith, who will play for the University of Maryland next winter, played 17 minutes and finished 12 points. In all-star games many players go and “get theirs,” which is opposite Smith’s team-first approach. His hustle and ability to be in the right place at the right time, however, still allowed him to reach double digits in scoring.

Always a defensive presence around the basket, Smith had two blocks, four rebounds and an assist.

Pictured above: John Carroll’s Immanuel Quickley warms up prior to Monday’s Jam Fest 3-Point contest. He scored 17 points to share the title.