Tyler Herro, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, De’Aron Fox, Malik Monk, Jamal Murray, Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, John Wall, and Rajon Rondo: What do all these NBA guards have in common? They are all Kentucky basketball graduates.
Kentucky is known for producing high quality NBA players, and that trend doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon. Immanuel Quickley, Kentucky’s 6-foot-4 combo guard, is one of the next Wildcats waves that should make an impact in the big leagues.
While he’s not expected to be one of the top picks in the 2020 Draft, Quickley still attracts the attention of some franchises.
According to a Forbes report, the New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder and Detroit Pistons have all met the Kentucky star at least twice – a clear indicator that he could be a surprise pick during rookie selections. November.
The Knicks will look to pick him as the No.8 pick, but they have a second pick in the first round at 27, where Quickley can still be on the board. The Pistons are unlikely to pick Quickley in 7th place, but the Thunder have a chance of hitting him later in the first round on pick 25.
Quickley projects well at the NBA level. He is an excellent shooter who spaces the ground with his reach. Just like the name suggests, Quickley is also exceptionally quick for a combo guard. His explosiveness and change of direction make him even more dynamic on the offensive side.
Defensively, the 21-year-old has shown great versatility and can keep positions one to three. Despite his size, he has a wingspan of 6 feet 9 inches. Its length allows it to challenge shots from bigger players, and its speed allows it to keep up with smaller guards.
Immanuel Quickley may not be the first guard prospect in this draft, but he’s still someone you should keep an eye on in the 2020 NBA Draft.