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One on one with 2018 5* PG Immanuel Quickley

Five star point guard Immanuel Quickley has no shortage of early high major interest from a who’s who of college basketball.  Duke has initiated contact with the Maryland prospect and he’s been receptive those overtures to date.  We spoke with Quickley recently about that and more.

So how does it feel to be a gold-medal winner?

It’s pretty cool, it was probably one of the best experiences of my entire life. It was great getting to play with great players for about a month with Team USA, it was really fun.

What was the overseas experience like for you?

It was pretty cool, I got to see some things I had never experienced before and like I said, it was great to play for great coaches and with great players, I’ll never forget that.

Were you running point for your team?

They ran me at the point and some off the ball as well, sometimes even on the wing. You just had to do whatever you had to do to get a gold medal, that was our mindset.

Did you hear from any college coaches that are recruiting you while you were overseas?

Oh yeah no doubt. Coach Calipari was there, a lot of other great coaches were there from Washington, UCLA, Texas, a lot of coaches showed love by making the trip, Duke included.  It meant a lot to see them take time out of their busy schedules to come there to watch us. I got to text a few of them after they saw me play. I texted with pretty much everybody, nobody really differentiated themselves, pretty much everybody showed love.

Did you get any new offers since you were trying out for USA until now?

No, not that I can remember. As long as I keep playing well, I think all the other big time offers should come. I’m just trying to play hard each game and the scholarship stuff will work itself out.

How would you characterize the communication with the Duke coaches so far?

They just tell me keep getting better, keep working hard. They come to see pretty much every one of my games and they show a lot of love which I appreciate. I’m not sure if they have seen my transcript, but I’m not worried about that, I’m a good student.

Have you thought about any future visits?

Only recent one was UCLA after Adidas Nations, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be taking a lot of visits in August.

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