UK Sophomore Guard Immanuel Quickley Declares for the NBA Draft

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UK Sophomore Guard Immanuel Quickley Declares for the NBA Draft

Sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley (5) celebrates after hitting a three during the game against Alabama on January 11, 2020. Kentucky defeated Alabama 76-67. Photo by Hunter Mitchell

Kentucky sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley announced via Twitter this morning that he is entering the 2020 NBA Draft.

 

In his press release, Quickley expressed his gratitude toward the UK program and the fans.

 

“I want to thank coach John Calipari, ‘Coach Cal,’ the entire UK administration, my brothers/teammates, and Big Blue Nation for all your love and support the past two years,” Quickley said. “I’m grateful for everyone that helped me along my journey.”

 

In his sophomore season in which he earned the honor of 2019-20 SEC Player of the Year, Quickley averaged 16.1 points per game, grabbed 4.2 rebounds per game, and dished out 1.9 assists per game. He also shot 41.6% from the field overall, including 42.8% from the three point line. Maybe his best stat line, however, was from the free throw line, where he shot at a sensational average of 92.3% for the season.

 

Afterwards, UK Head Coach John Calipari went to Twitter to express his confidence in Quickley, as he moves on to play professionally.

 

“@IQ_GodSon (Immanuel Quickley) was an absolute pleasure to coach over the last two years,” Calipari said. “I had as much fun coaching him and watching him grow than just about any player I’ve coached.”

 

Calipari continued:

 

“There’s no question in my mind that @IQ_GodSon’s growth in the @NBA will be on the same path that it was here. He’s a wonderful, centered young man who has fought his way to the point of being a first-round pick.”

 

Of the five players that John Calipari has predicted would declare for the NBA Draft from this season’s past team, three have already done so (Maxey, Hagans, Quickley) and two are still undecided (Montgomery, Richards). Decisions continue to loom as the UK roster stays up in the air, and the guessing game of what players will or will not next be included continues.

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