BEL AIR, Md. -- At 6-foot-3, long and athletic and sporting a 6-foot-7 wing span, point guard Immanuel Quickley already looks the part. But he's only a rising ninth-grader.
The newest kid on the block at Bel Air hoops power John Carroll is Coach Tony Martin's latest addition, Quickley, who arrives this fall from Have de Grace Middle School already with a budding pedigree.
The "old-school" point guard, as Martin likes to call him, Quickley has a game well beyond his years, while he helped lead Baltimore Elite 14's to a title this month in Pennsylvania.
Said Martin this week at John Carroll's camp:
"Immanuel Quickley has an old head," he said. "He's an old-school point guard, he understands how to distribute the ball, set the table, run the show at a very young age. He is long and athletic and he's going to be tremendous. High skill-set... he's going to be a mid- to high-major player here for sure."
"Yeah, I'm just a guy that likes to get everybody involved and try to lead the team," Quickley said this week. "Lead all the guys, get everybody touches and then get mine second."
Quickley can also score, going over the 30-point threshold twice this summer in AAU playoff games. Otherwise, he averaged about 15 points per game and 6 assists per game.
Quickley joins a loaded John Carroll team featuring 6-10 rising junior Mike Tertsea, among others.
"It's nice being here now. Meeting new people, playing at a high level, playing varsity," Quickley said. "And learning from the older guys, it's an experience playing at the varsity level at a young age. I'm just trying to contribute any way I can. And with Mike [Tertsea], it's pretty cool just having a guy you can just throw the ball up to and get a bucket. I have had a chance to play pickup with him and he's really good."
Maryland, Syracuse, Kentucky, Delaware and others he followed coming up, while most are already in touch. Maryland has been in contact and has already hosted him on campus.
"At Maryland I like the atmosphere. I went to the Maryland-Pitt game, it was pretty exciting. I went to their camp this summer as well in late June," Quickley said.
Quickley also took in Duke's summer camp last month.
"I am pretty much open to any school at this time. Maryland, they just tell me to keep working and I will be a good player down the road," said Quickley, who was sporting a gray, Under Armour Maryland Terrapins Basketball T-shirt at JC's camp this week.
Quickley also considered Gilman, among others, when he made the move this summer to JC. Martin has had some touted guards over the years, from Josh Selby to Nick Faust to Rodney Elliott Jr., and while it's early yet, he already places Quickley in that order. And of course, he's only a freshman so there's plenty of development still to go.
"I think...the only thing that is going to limit him from the Josh Selby types of athletes that we have had in the past is that he is not physically gifted or mature in his body yet," Martin said. "But from a mental standpoint and from an IQ standpoint, he's as good a freshman as we've had."
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