Former John Carroll standout having breakout second season at Kentucky

University of Kentucky sophomore Immanuel Quickley, who starred at John Carroll School and was VSN’s Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2016, was named the Southeastern Conference’s men’s Player of the Year Tuesday.

Quickley, a 6-foot-3 guard, is averaging 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Wildcats, who won the SEC regular season championship.

The Havre de Grace resident, who was a McDonald’s All-American in his senior year at John Carroll in 2018 along with current University of Maryland star Jalen Smith (Mount St. Joseph), has found his footing after a rough freshman season.

“Just knowing how mentally strong you have to be to play here. Playing through mistakes was a big part of my sophomore year coming back,” Quickley said to the Louisville Courier Journal Tuesday. “I knew I was good enough. Just seeing in-game success was a big part.”

Quickley, who averaged 5.2 points and 1.8 rebounds as a freshman last season, is believed to be the first former area high schooler to win Player of the Year in a “Power 5” collegiate league since former Calvert Hall College star Juan Dixon won Atlantic Coast Conference Player of Year honors at Maryland in 2002.

Dixon, now men’s basketball coach at Coppin University, led the Terps to the national championship in 2002.