— Immanuel Quickley (@IQ_GodSon) April 13, 2020
“I want to thank coach John Calipari, ‘Coach Cal,’ the entire UK coaching staff and administration, my brothers/teammates, and Big Blue Nation for all your love and support the past two years,” Quickley said in a statement. “It saddens me that my brothers and I were not able to compete for the national championship this year due to circumstances beyond our control. But after praying about it and discussing it with my family, I’ve decided to forgo my remaining eligibility by declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft and signing with an agent.”
“Immanuel was an absolute pleasure to coach over the last two years,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “I had as much fun coaching him and watching him grow than just about any player I’ve ever coached.”
“There’s no question in my mind that his growth in the NBA will be on the same path that it was here, which is steep. He is a wonderful, centered young man who has fought his way to the point of being a first-round draft pick. I’m looking forward to seeing what he does on that next level.”
Quickley signed with the Wildcats in 2018 rated as a five-star prospect and being named a McDonalds All-American. After coming off the bench freshman year, he became the Wildcats starting shooting guard as a sophomore and developed into the teams’ go-to guy.
He averaged 16.1 points per game and ended the season on a 20-game double-figure scoring streak. As a result, he was named SEC Player of the Year by the SEC coaches. Quickley was also named All-SEC First Team (Associated Press/Coaches) and ESPN’s Breakout Star of 2019-20.