SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Immanuel Quickley is the “type of point guard” Zion Williamson wants to play with, and apparently the 5-star tandem has discussed playing together in college.
“There’s a lot of truth to that,” Williamson said Friday. “Me and Immanuel are good friends and we bonded over the Adidas path thing. I just love the way he plays point guard.”
Quickley talked to Williamson after his game today about the potential of a package deal.
“He said he was going to talk to his mom, and I’m gonna talk to my family,” Quickley said. “We gonna see if we can actually try and get it done.”
It’s relevant news for Kentucky as the Wildcats have long been deemed the favorite to land Quickley, the No. 3 point guard and 10th overall prospect in the 2018 class, according to Scout.com. Quickley has already named the Wildcats as his leader.
He also spent the past few weeks with John Calipari on the U19 Team USA squad in Egypt.
“I definitely think it helped their cause, me getting to spend time with (Calipari),” Quickley, who wants to choose his school this fall, said. “I didn’t get to spend time with other coaches so it can really only help you to get to know somebody.”
Williamson is one of the most sought-after players in the country. The Spartanburg, S.C., native is the No. 3 prospect in the class, and the top-ranked small forward.
“I think we both complement each other very well,” Quickley said of Williamson. “I like to get everybody scoring and he can finish so I think that’s a perfect match.”
Beyond the numbers, Williamson has become the human highlight reel of the 2018 class. He’s put on a high flying dunking and blocking display this weekend at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale in his hometown.
Despite his 6-foot-6 and 225-pound frame, Williamson grew up playing point guard and is likely to play anywhere from point guard to power forward at the next level.
Quickley said Williamson’s highlights are unmatched.
“He had a couple dunks on us,” Quickley said. “I was kinda shocked.”