Five-star point guard commits to Kentucky


UK coach John Calipari watches from the bench during the Legends Game on Friday, August 25, 2017 in Lexington, Ky.

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John Calipari has landed his first recruit of the 2018 class, as five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley committed to the Cats at his high school on Friday evening. 

Quickley, who goes to the John Carroll School in Bel Air, Maryland, is the eighth best prospect and second best point guard in the 2018 class according to 247 Sports Composite. Quickley picked Kentucky over Kansas and Miami. 

The Cats have been favored to land Quickley for a while, as the 6-foot-3-inch point guard said in late June that the Cats were in the lead for his services. Quickley also got to play under Calipari at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup, where he earned a bronze medal with current UK players Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington.

Quickley was recently in Lexington, as he took his official visit to Kentucky last weekend. Quickley also came to Lexington in 2016 for Big Blue Madness.

In the last travel season for the Adidas Gauntlet circuit, Quickley averaged 19.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists over 14 games for Team BBC. Quickley figures to be the next great point guard in the Calipari-era.