2020 SEC Player of the Year and former Kentucky Wildcat Immanuel Quickley saw his NBA dream come true Wednesday as he was selected in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 25th overall pick.
While Quickley was selected by the Thunder, the pick was traded to the New York Knicks meaning Quickley will be on his way to the Big Apple.
Quickley signed with the Wildcats as a five-star prospect in the fall of 2017 out of Havre De Grace, Maryland. As a freshman during the 2018-19 season, he averaged 5.2 points per game with 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists.
He followed that up with a tremendous sophomore season that saw him average 16.1 points per game, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 42.8% from three-point land and 92.3% from the charity stripe.
The stellar season saw him SEC Player of the Year Honors from the leagues coaching, becoming the first Wildcat to earn the prestigious award since Tyler Ulis during the 2016-17 season.
In New York, he joins former Wildcats Julius Randle and Kevin Knox and former UK associate head coach Kenny Payne.