By LARRY VAUGHT
ESPN recruiting director Paul Biancardi says it is a lot harder to put into words just how special University of Kentucky signee Immanuel Quickley is off the court than to describe his immense skills on the court.
“He’s a lot like (UK freshman) Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander). High character. Quiet but always does the right things and just works and works and works,” said Biancardi. “He’s just unique. Calling him a good kid doesn’t do him justice. He’s way better than just a ‘good kid’ but I don’t know how else to put in.”
So good that Quickley said he enjoyed his visit to the Ronald McDonald House to see children with various illnesses and their parents than he did playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game in Atlanta.
“McDonald’s is everything. Not only the basketball part, but going to the Ronald McDonald House and just touching kids’ lives with our basketball platform was pretty cool,” the Baltimore, Md., prep star said. “Life is not always about basketball. It is about helping other people and this is a platform for us to do that. I was really glad to go out there and do that. I always want to do that.”
Sundays you can find him playing drums in his church choir.
“I have been going to church ever since I came out of my mother’s womb. My mom took me to church. I enjoy playing the drums. It’s like basketball — I have fun with it,” the 6-2 guard said.
He taught himself how to play drums, not an easy thing to do.
“It’s just like basketball. You put time and effort in and get better,” he said after practice for the game. “I started banging on pots and pans when I was little. After I did that, I just hopped into drums and it was kind of natural.”