The University of Miami continues to make a hard push for five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley of Baltimore, one of the most sought-after prospects in the recruiting class of 2018. He is rated the No. 10 overall recruit in the class by Scout.com and No. 14 by ESPN.
Quickley has narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Kansas, Miami and Maryland, and reiterated in a video interview this week that he plans to visit all four schools and announce his decision sometime around the start of his senior season this fall.
Coaches from all four finalists, including UM assistant coach Jamal Brunt, are in Colorado Springs this week at the Olympic Training Center, where Quickley is participating in the Team USA Under-19 tryouts. Kentucky coach John Calipari happens to be head coach of the U.S. team. If Quickley makes the squad, he will travel with Calipari and the other players to the FIBA World Cup in Egypt.
In an interview with SECcountry.com, Quickley explained what he likes about the four programs he is consdering.
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“Miami, it’s their tradition, what they’ve done with DMV (D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area) players like myself,” he said.
UM head coach Jim Larranaga, associate head coach Chris Caputo, and assistants Jamal Brunt and Adam Fisher recently visited Quickley’s home and the visit was filmed as part of the Capitol Hoops Documentary Series.
There is footage of the Hurricane coaches at the dining room table, looking through Quickley’s baby and childhood photos. Larranaga talks to the recruit about how he could have an immediate impact in the 2018-19 season, as he expects Bruce Brown to leave after his sophomore season and Lonnie Walker to go pro after his freshman season.
Coach L also stressed the he is impressed with Quickley’s “decision making and basketball IQ.”
He said: “You’re really, really good, and you elevate the guys around you.”
Brunt played up the fact that UM offers a “lifetime scholarship,” so athletes can spend summers on campus working on their degree after they leave. Quickley seemed to perk up when Larranaga told him of the NBA players who work out at the UM gym in the off-season, including Cleveland Cavaliers stars Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.
“Kyrie lives in Miami, and he was in our gym every day,” Larranaga said. “LeBron brought the whole Cavs team down to our gym to work out for a week. We had Kyrie, LeBron, Kevin Love...Our guys really liked that.”
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