USA Basketball

Immanuel Quickley Making Name for Himself

Baltimore point guard's recruitment is poised to explode after impressive showing at USA trials.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – North Carolina assistant coaches Steve Robinson and C.B. McGrath watched point guard Immanuel Quickley on the Adidas AAU circuit during the spring and that is expected to continue this summer.

“They talk to my AAU coach a lot,” said Quickley. “They actually have already seen me play a lot in April, but they are going to come see me in July. As long as I play well, I think they’ll offer.”

Over the weekend, the 6-3 point guard from Baltimore took part in the USA U17 tryouts which also marked his first experience with USA basketball. While some players - no matter their talent level - can get overwhelmed, Quickley made his mark from the beginning.

“It’s been cool,” said Quickley. “Great experience, great competition, and great coaches. They teach you a lot. Just looking to keep getting better and keep competing. I come from a high school where it’s defense first, talk, and dive on the floor, so coming here, it was no problem. It was just natural.”

With his stellar play, Quickley made it through the first round of cuts on Sunday morning when the team was trimmed from 39 players down to 18. Along with Quickley’s intensity and competitiveness, he was also one of the quickest players on the court. He excelled at attacking the basket off the dribble and had the vision to find either an open player on the perimeter or a teammate cutting to the basket.

“Tempo, I prefer to play fast,” said Quickley. “I can play fast or slow, but I prefer to play fast. That way I can hit guys in stride and they can get buckets.”

“My strengths are shooting, passing, basketball IQ,” said Quickley. “Here, I want to do just everything that everyone doesn’t want to do. Obviously, everyone here can score, so whether it’s diving on the floor, talking on defense, things like that.

“Also, I want to continue to keep getting better and work on things that will propel me as a point guard. Vocalness, leadership, things like that. I want to keep getting consistent on my jumper. As time will come and more reps come I’ll keep getting better. I think it’s more reps for me.”

Given his status as a player, Quickley has a lengthy list of suitors.

“My offers are Washington, Cincy, Rhode Island, UCF, USC, Virginia Tech, Miami and then my interests, I just recently went up to Maryland and got to play pick-up with Melo Trimble and talked to Mark Turgeon,” said Quickley. “I should be getting an offer soon; they’ve been on me hard. Villanova, Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Ohio State. All those schools, they’ll be watching me in July.”

As for North Carolina, Quickley has already visited the campus, with a stop-in last year.

“The way they run the program,” noted Quickley. “The way they get their guards to the next level and they help them mature on and off the floor as men and just that aspect of life. I watched the championship. Beginning to end. I watched both teams closely. For North Carolina, it was their guards and seeing how they played.”

As a sophomore, Quickley was named co-player of the year in the Baltimore Catholic League and the Baltimore Metro Player of the Year. In the championship game of the Catholic League, he hit the game-winning three-pointer to lead John Carroll (Md.) to victory.

During the spring, Quickley played for Baltimore Elite and averaged 10.4 points and 4.5 assists per game. He will play in the Adidas Gauntlet finale during the first July live period.

USA 17U Training Camp Evaluation
by Evan Daniels

"Although Immanuel Quickley is regarded as a five-star prospect, heading into the event he wasn’t as heralded as many of the other invitees. But Quickley proved he belonged and finished the first two days a no brainer to make the first cut. A tremendous passer, Quickley did a very good job when he was put in pick and roll situations. He made good decisions with the ball and showed impressive vision. Quickley tossed out a total of 12 assists in the four scrimmage games. There were some instances where he was careless with the ball, so he’ll need to cut down on the turnovers, but overall Quickley has been one of the best guards at the trials."

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