John Carroll basketball guard Quickley commits to Kentucky

Immanuel Quickley (left) shakes a young fan’s hand after his commitment ceremony Friday evening at John Carroll. The star basketball guard announced he will sign with the University of Kentucky.

by Donald Daniels

As he stepped onto the stage inside John Carroll School’s gymnasium Friday evening to announce his college choice, Immanuel Quickley fell. But the smooth senior basketball guard played the mishap off, breaking into pushups, drawing applause from the audience.

Moments later, he drew another huge applause, revealing a University of Kentucky jersey in front of family, friends, coaches, teammates and media. Quickley officially committed to the Wildcats over Kansas and Miami.

“I’m really glad that I got this out of the way before the season starts,” said Quickley. “Can’t wait to play with the guys this season.”

The 6-foot-3 point guard averaged 23.7 points and 7.2 assists last winter for the Patriots. As a sophomore, he was the consensus Player of the Year in the area, claiming the Baltimore Catholic League’s regular season and tournament Most Valuable Player honor.

A five-star recruit rated No. 10 nationally by and the nation’s No. 2 point guard by, Quickley is the first commit in the Class of 2018 for the Wildcats. The Southeastern Conference powerhouse was considered the favorite for Quickley, who played for coach John Calipari this summer on the U.S. FIBA Under-19 World Cup squad.

“He’s [Calipari] really good guy and I don’t think a lot people know that about him,” said Quickley. “The ultimate goal is to win national championship, that is whole reason you go to UK. Also, I like the system that coach Calipari runs.”

Quickley, who can officially sign a national letter of intent in early November, wants to major in Broadcast Journalism and take a drumming class while at UK. He’s looking forward to his final season at John Carroll, which struggled through injuries last season after winning the BCL crown in 2016.

“I want to focus more on getting triple doubles versus going all out and just focusing on scoring,” said Quickley.