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Fletcher Page / The C-J
LEXINGTON, Ky — This week, five-star 2018 point guard Immanuel Quickley answered an obvious question about Team USA basketball.
Was the recent experience, from training camp in Colorado Springs to the Under-19 World Cup bronze-medal winning performance in Cairo, a recruiting advantage for coach John Calipari and Kentucky?
“I’d have to say it was,” Quickley, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound stand from Bel Aire, Maryland, said in a USA Today blog post.
“We didn’t talk about recruiting at all, but just spending that time with him and getting to know him better on and off the court was a lot of fun. I think it would’ve been an advantage with anyone who coached that team.”
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Quickley was one of four five-star high school recruits, along with Romeo Langford (New Albany), Cameron Reddish (Norristown, Pennsylvania) and Louis King (Columbus, New Jersey), on the team. Quickley has narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland and Miami.
College coaches from schools not named Kentucky made sure Quickley didn’t forget about them during his two-week stay in Egypt.
“I will say that the other coaches on my list definitely called a lot during that trip,” Quickley said. “They definitely stayed on the phone a little longer than normal and things like that, but I understand. All part of the game.”
Quickley will visit Kansas September 1, Miami September 8 and Kentucky September 15. He told the Courier-Journal last month he hopes to make his decision before his senior season begins.