LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball hosted a pair of 5-star guards for official visits over the weekend, one of them a Wildcats lean and the other a bit of a long shot, and the two spent some important time together. Point guard Immanuel Quickley (the lean) and Keldon Johnson (the long shot) played pickup and worked out together while on UK’s campus, Quickley’s advisor told SEC Country.
“They definitely hung out together,” Jide Sodipo said. “They went over there by themselves and worked out. They both seem to be gym rats, so they were asking the manager what time they could get into the gym to work out. Immanuel could go to the moon and find a basketball gym so he could work out.”
Sodipo, executive director of Quickley’s AAU team, couldn’t say whether Johnson was swayed by their time together. But Sodipo accompanied Quickley, his mother and grandfather on the trip to Lexington and recapped their visit.
“It went good. That’s not the first time going [Quickley attended Big Blue Madness last October] but the official visit is to get a better feel for the school overall, outside of basketball, the academic part and stuff like that,” Sodipo said. “They asked a lot of questions. The mom, being an educator [high school English teacher], her main thing with Kentucky or any school recruiting him is that aspect: the academic support, the classroom, what kind of major most of the basketball players have, what the plan is for when they travel and get back. Is the scholarship a lifetime scholarship?
“She’s focused on that and she’s asking questions about that. I think she got more than enough information to go with. The plan was after the official visit to sit down — she took a lot of notes — and go over everything. I believe she got most of her questions answered.”
It’s worth noting that UK coach John Calipari offers lifetime scholarships, meaning his many one-and-dones can come back and finish their degrees for free at any time, and the Wildcats have been a top program nationally in Academic Progress Rate since he took over in 2009.
Kentucky has long been considered the favorite (by a wide margin) to land Quickley, a 6-foot-3 Maryland native ranked No. 8 overall and the No. 2 point guard in the Class of 2018 by the 247Sports Composite. Even so, he took an official visit to Kansas on Sept. 1 and was scheduled to visit Miami the following week before Hurricane Irma scuttled that plan.
“Miami is trying to figure it out” and reschedule a trip for Quickley, Sodipo said. “There’s no final decision yet. Basically, we’re going to give everyone like 48 hours and see if something can be worked out. I know he’s going to make a decision before high school basketball starts. He could wake up today and say, ‘I’ve seen everything. I want to make a decision.’ But he might also say, ‘Whether I want to go there or not, I should at least give Miami that [visit]. That’s still up in the air.”
Either way, Quickley’s commitment is not far off and it would be a surprise to see him pick anyone other than the Wildcats — who will host his good friend and potential package-deal partner Zion Williamson for an official visit this weekend.
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