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Prized basketball recruit’s “Final Four”: UM, Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland

Immanuel Quickley, one of the top high school point guards in the nation, is considering Miami, Maryland, Kansas and Kentucky.
Immanuel Quickley, one of the top high school point guards in the nation, is considering Miami, Maryland, Kansas and Kentucky. Courtesy: adidas

Immanuel Quickley, one of the most coveted high school point guards in the nation, narrowed his college choices from seven to four on Twitter Monday, and the University of Miami made the cut – along with Kansas, Kentucky and Maryland.

Other schools that had been on his list were Virginia, Duke and Providence.

Quickley is 6-3 and 175 lbs., and plays for John Carroll High School in Bel Air, Md. He is widely considered among the top point guards in the Class of 2018. He plays AAU ball for Baltimore’s Team BBC.

He scored 29 points and had nine assists in Team BBC’s 71-69 victory over Team Loaded of Virginia on Sunday in the finals of a Big Shots AAU tournament in Virginia. Quickley made eight threes.

Quickley recently was invited to USA Basketball Under 19 training camp, June 18-20 in Colorado Springs. The U19 team is training for the FIBA World Cup July 1-9 in Cairo, Egypt. Kentucky coach John Calipari will coach the team, and surely keep a close eye on his prized recruit.

Another Baltimore native, combo guard Miles Wilson, has Miami and Auburn on his short list, and said he plans to announce his decision “the first two weeks of June” after visiting the UM campus on June 1, according to Rivals.com.

Wilson is transferring from Mt. Saint Mary’s after his freshman year. He started 24 of 35 games, and averaged 11.8 points and 3.9 rebounds. He grabbed national attention when he scored 22 points and seven rebounds against top-ranked Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He also had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the First Four win over New Orleans.

Wilson would sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules, and would have three years of eligibility remaining.

Hurricanes coach Jim Larrañaga said last month that he and his staff were looking for a transfer guard who could spend next year learning the system and then step in for the 2018-19 season in case Bruce Brown leaves for the NBA after his sophomore season. Lonnie Walker, a highly-touted 6-5 shooting guard from Reading, Pa., will be a freshman for the Canes this upcoming season, but could also bolt for the NBA next spring if he has a good year.

Miami has had success with transfer guards in the past. Shane Larkin (from DePaul), Angel Rodriguez (from Kansas State), and Sheldon McClellan (from Texas) led the Hurricanes to Sweet 16s.

Another player UM is pursuing is Jimmy Nichols, Jr., a 6-8 forward who will be a senior at Conway (S.C.) High in the fall.

In addition to Miami, Nichols is being recruited by Nebraska, Rutgers, Charlotte, Old Dominion, Georgetown, Rhode Island, and Arizona State.

Nichols, Jr., averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds last season, and was named to the South Carolina 5A All-State team. His high school coach is Michael Hopkins, who previously was head coach at Coastal Carolina and an assistant coach at Virginia Tech. Nichols, Jr., plays travel ball with Garner Road.

Devon Dotson, a 6-1 rising senior point guard from Providence Day High School in Charlotte, N.C., told Rivals.com That Kansas, Arizona, Miami and Florida are among his finalists. Other schools in the mix are North Carolina State, Creighton, Georgetown, Maryland Clemson, Wake Forest and Tennessee.

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