BEL AIR, Md. -- Terrapin Times was on hand to scout 2018 point guard Immanuel Quickley (John Carroll/Bel Air, Md.) in the Baltimore Catholic League playoffs.
BEL AIR, Md. -- Terrapin Times was on hand to scout 2018 point guard Immanuel Quickley (John Carroll/Bel Air, Md.) in the Baltimore Catholic League playoffs. JC ended up losing to St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.), but Quickley had 27 points, was 3-of-4 from range, had 3-4 assists, 3-4 turnovers, 2-3 steals, and a handful of boards.
In the last year Quickley has gotten more explosive, quicker, stronger off the bounce and developed more burst. His shot is no longer that kind of somewhat flat set shot. It has more lift and it appears his mechanics have gotten a lot better. You can tell he has put in the work fine-tuning his release point; it's higher, quicker, and the overall stroke is more fluid. Quickley also likes to pull up from well beyond the arc, and he's developed plenty of range.
Quickley has good size and very good length to see and pass over defenses too. He can shoot, score, lead the offense and fill the stat sheet. Defensively, he is very solid as Quickley is long-armed and anticipates well in passing lanes, gets his hands on balls, and has good timing.
Quickley is a very good athlete, but not a great athlete. He isn't one of those amazing lateral/blow-by players, and during the game the smaller, quicker SFA guards were getting up under him, making him uncomfortable at times and denying him the lane. He is a true scoring combo guard in my mind for the next level, where he could play some "1" or some "2," but he is not going to be breaking ankles off the bounce. Quickley is more old-school savvy on how to break an opponent down.
Furthermore, while he sees the floor well, he is simply not a guy who night in and night out is going to have a ton of dimes as he is a scorer (at least now for JC's system) first. But Quickley still has excellent feel and vision and knows how to play the game, get the ball to teammates in scoring position.
In terms of recruiting, we have yet to hear a preponderance of new evidence that points towards Quickly being UMD-bound or anything like that, but the Terps are obviously still in pursuit and on the 2018 guard's leaderboard.
The other talented JC junior, guard Montez Mathis, who UMD is monitoring but has not offered, was the supreme stat stuffer on this night. He's a volume shooter/scorer who also had 27 points, 2 treys, scored from all over the floor, and was JC's best rebounder/post threat. He is a worker, gets after it on both ends, and is rugged and relentless on glass.
Maybe if the Terps were bringing in a five-man class they could take a flyer on the local as Mathis does a little bit of everything well. But he isn't remarkable in one area, which is why UMD hasn't pulled the trigger.