SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Kentucky’s standing with Zion Williamson got a boost after the 5-star prospect said Friday that he’d like to play with point guard Immanuel Quickley, who’s favored to land with the Wildcats.
Williamson spoke after his team’s loss in the Adidas Gauntlet Finale on Friday. He was asked whether or not the talk was true that he and Quickley might want to team up in college.
“There’s a lot of truth to that,” Williamson said. “Me and Immanuel are good friends and we bonded over the Adidas path thing. I just love the way he plays point guard. That’s the type of point guard I want to play with.”
Quickley could become Kentucky’s first 2018 commitment, meaning the Wildcats could be in great shape with Williamson. Asked how much he hears from Kentucky, Williamson said, “a lot.” He said John Calipari and assistant coach Joel Justus text him almost every two days.
Both are top-10 prospects in the 2018 class. Williamson is the No. 3 player and Quickley is 10th, according to Scout.com.
Williamson, the No. 1 small forward in the 2018 class, has the body of a linebacker. He controlled the ball for parts of his game Friday and can play everything from point guard to power forward. That’s in large part to a growth spurt he had from 8th to 11th grade when he grew from 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-6.
“I used to play football, soccer and basketball when I was younger, but when I got to 7th grade I was actually really skinny,” Williamson said when asked why the South Carolina native didn’t decide to be a football player. “I picked up a lot of weight in that growth spurt. I felt like I was much better at basketball.”
His position in college could depend on the school.
“A school like Kentucky, they usually get bigs,” Williamson said. “I’d probably play the 1, 2 or 3. Schools like Duke, Clemson, Arizona, UCLA, Florida — they tell me they’ll play me one through four.”
Williamson will start taking his visits in November or December. He didn’t allude to which schools will be on his final list.