Following Immanuel Quickley’s commitment to Kentucky on Friday night, a video was posted to the Overtime YouTube channel featuring the five-star point guard talking about his relationships with John Calipari and Zion Williamson.
Quickley — a 6-foot-3 prospect from the Baltimore area — was the first point guard from the class of 2018 to receive a UK scholarship offer, and he ended up playing for Calipari on the USA Basketball U19 team over the summer.
All told, Quickley spent about three weeks under the tutelage of Calipari, who oversaw USA training camp in Colorado before taking his team to Egypt.
That time together got the player and coach better acquainted.
“Everybody knows him on the floor as the yelling coach, always getting on his players,” Quickley said. “Just to know he has a personality off the court. He’s really funny and always joking around.
Quickley hasn’t been shy about his desire to play alongside friend and fellow five-star recruit Zion Williamson in college, and some recruiting analysts consider Kentucky to be the leader in Williamson’s recruitment.
“That’s definitely something that could happen,” Quickley told Overtime. “I think we complement each other well. He can get to the rim and dunk on people. You know, he pretty much does everything. But I can shoot and I can get him the ball. And I wanna throw (alley-)oops.”
Williamson — a 6-6 small forward from Spartanburg, S.C. — was scheduled to take an official visit to UK this weekend, but that trip had to be postponed. It will be rescheduled.
Quickley was also asked who would win a one-on-one game between the two friends.
“Oh me, for sure,” he said with a smile.