COLUMBIA, S.C. — Five star 2018 point guard Immanuel Quickley returned to action last week, leading John Carroll School (Bel Air, MD) to the title game of the Chick-fil-A Classic American Division.
“It was good. Just good to be back on the floor,” Quickley said. “I got to be out here with my teammates and do what I love — play basketball.
“I felt good on the floor. I put a lot of work in the gym, so it was good to get back.”
Quickley got ice treatment on the injured ankle after his game Wednesday.
“It’s feeling good,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent, but it’s getting there.”
He dropped three early from behind the arc in a first-round win, and dished 11 assists during the tournament.
“I wasn’t really worried about my shot falling, Quickley said. “I just wanted to make sure my conditioning was right and wanted to help my team win.”
The five weeks out were tough on Quickley.
“It was really tough. I’m used to playing basketball all year round - winter, spring, fall and summer. It was tough,” he said.
Quickley is happy about how his game is coming together, but feels he still has areas to focus on in the coming months.
“I’m a great leader. I score and pass the ball,” he said. “I’m still working on defense, rebounding and my body. Offensively, it’s pretty good right now.”
Quickley has recently cut his list to eight schools.
“It’s going good,” he said about recruiting. “I’ve cut my list to eight.”
Here’s what Quickley said about some of the schools on his list:
Kansas: “Kansas is obviously a historic program. I like what coach Self does with player development and getting players to the NBA. He’s a great coach and a great person.
“They think I’m a great point guard and that I can help their program.
“Students are great, coaches are great and the facilities are great.”
Kentucky: “Another historic program and Coach Cal is great. I talk with him and coach Justus. Obviously, they send their guys to the pros and that speaks for itself.”
Duke: “I love their guard play and I love coach K. The staff is great and I love the atmosphere at Cameron.”