Rising senior will compete in FIBA U19 World Cup
John Carroll rising senior Immanuel Quickley, still one of the most hotly recruited players in the nation, will represent the United States as part of its FIBA U19 World Cup squad, which will compete for a world title in Egypt this July. The team, which also includes University of Maryland rising sophomore Kevin Huerter, was announced earlier this week.
Quickley, a 5-star recruit who has narrowed his college choices to Maryland, Kentucky, Miami and Kansas in May, will play for Kentucky head coach John Calipari in Egypt. Last year, Quickly played for the US U17 National Team which won a Gold Medal in Spain.
“It’s just great to be able to represent our country overseas again, after going to Spain last summer with the U17s. This is really a great feeling,” said the 6-foot-3 Quickley. “No doubt, this has been a great week,” he continued. “Playing against the older guys, even just here, it’s really good for you. The speed of the game and the strength of the players is much different, so it’s big for you as a player.”
Tryouts for the squad began on June 18 with 27 candidates at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The group was cut to 18 finalists on June 20, with 12-man team finally being named on Wednesday. The team will remain in Colorado Springs and continue to train through this weekend before departing for Egypt.
The Americans will begin preliminary round games in Group D with a contest against Iran on July 1st. They will also face Angola on July 2nd and Italy on the 4th of July, before, hopefully, advancing to the medal round.