DRAFT TRADE: Knicks acquire draft rights to Immanuel Quickley (No. 25 pick) from Oklahoma City.
About Immanuel Quickley
Immanuel Quickley is a dangerous shooter who caught fire over the last half of his sophomore factoring prominently to Kentucky’s strong play mid-season. Emerging as a prospect early in his career, Quickly was a member of the United States team that took gold at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship alongside a half dozen players already on NBA roster as well as the group that took silver at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Widely regarded as one of the top-20 prospects in the high school class of 2018 following his senior year at The John Carroll School (MD), the McDonald’s All-American headed to play for Head Coach John Calipari at Kentucky where he filled a minor role as a freshman. Averaging 16.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore, he started the year well, but really gained momentum in conference play ultimately earning SEC Player of the Year honors.
- Standing 6-foot-3 with an improving 190-pound frame and excellent length, Quickley has nice size for a combo guard. He is not the most explosive athlete, but has very good speed, great lateral quickness, and can play above the rim in space.
- Playing primarily off the ball, Quickley really found a rhythm offensively during his sophomore year. The best floor spacer on a team that was not deep with perimeter weapons, he carved out a bigger role as the year wore on not just finding his range but also doing a better job attacking the rim to get to draw contact and get to the line or use his floater. Settling in nicely down the stretch, he was among the most efficient power conference guards in the country from February on.
- Possessing the length, quickness, and motor to contain the ball impressively and potentially guard multiple positions as his frame improves, Quickley has some promising tools as a defender.
- A competitive defender with great length, Quickley gets low and makes a diligent effort to contain the ball. He allowed 0.48 points per one-on-one possession [84th percentile] more than holding his own this season. If his frame continues to mature, he has some potential to guard multiple positions.
- Staying engaged off the ball, Quickley shows nice attention to detail with the way he approaches his defensive assignments.
- 2019-20 SEC Player of the Year by league coaches.
- 2019-20 All-SEC First Team selection by coaches and media.
- 2019-20 USBWA District IV Player of the Year.
- First Kentucky player to win back-to-back SEC Player of the Week awards (Feb. 24 and March 2, 2020).
- Led Kentucky in scoring (16.1 ppg) and had eight 20-point games.
- Made a team-high 62 three-pointers and shot a UK-best 42.8 percent from beyond the arc.
- Set career highs of 30 points and eight three-pointers at Texas A&M (Feb. 25).
- Posted 22 points in the second half against Florida (Feb. 22).
- Averaged a team-high 19.1 points and made 59.2 percent on threes in UK’s 10 true road games.
- Hit 14-of-14 free throws vs. Mississippi State (Feb. 4), tying the school record for most free throws without a miss.
- Won three SEC Player of the Week honors.
- Polished offensive player with excellent touch.
- Has very good size and length at the guard position.
- Length allows him to guard multiple positions.
- Outstanding free throw shooter.
- Can play the saxophone and the drums.
- Mother, Nitrease, played basketball at Morgan State.
"He couldn’t guard a year ago. If you remember, he couldn’t stay in front of anyone. Now all of a sudden he became one of our best defenders and he would be in the huddle saying, ‘I got so and so. Let me guard him.’"
- Kentucky coach John Calipari