KU notebook: Kansas survives Quickley’s cut; four remain in hunt for acclaimed guard

By Gary Bedore gbedore@kcstar.com

Kansas recruiting target Immanuel Quickley, a 6-foot-4 senior-to-be from John Carroll High School in Bel Air, Md., who is considered one of the top point guards in the recruiting class of 2018, on Monday cut his list of schools from seven to four via a post on Twitter.

Quickley, who plays on the spring and summer AAU basketball circuit for Baltimore’s Team BBC, has a final four of KU, Kentucky, Maryland and Miami. Rivals.com’s No. 15-ranked player has eliminated Duke, Providence and Virginia.

He scored 29 points and dished out nine assists in Team BBC’s 71-69 victory over Team Loaded of Virginia on Sunday in the finals of a Big Shots AAU tournament in Virginia. Quickley hit eight threes.

“In my 20-plus years I have been blessed to see some great performances at the grassroots level. But Immanuel Quickley today … ‘special’ is understatement,” tweeted Jide Sodipo, executive director of Team BBC.

Quickley recently received an invitation to USA Basketball’s Under 19 training camp, set for June 18-20 in Colorado Springs. The U19 team will compete at the FIBA World Cup on July 1-9 in Cairo, Egypt. Kentucky coach John Calipari will coach the team and be assisted by former KU players Danny Manning (Wake Forest) and Tad Boyle (Colorado).

Bol Bol draws rave reviews

Bol Bol, a 7-foot-2, 215-pound senior-to-be from Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., averaged 20 points 10 rebounds and five blocks a game in four games for California Supreme AAU at last weekend’s Nike EYBL Memorial Day event in Los Angeles.

Bol, who played his sophomore season at Bishop Miege and is currently ranked No. 7 nationally by Rivals.com, hit seven threes in four games and has made 56 percent of his threes in 16 games this spring.

“He has a funky, low release point, but it gets the job done,” wrote Sam Vecenie of the Sporting News after scouting Bol at the LA event.

“It’s clear Bol has grown past his name (son of late NBA player Manute Bol) alone and developed into a high-level prospect. The question is how high, as there are still some questions here in terms of what his long-term impact can be once he’s forced to go up against more athletic players on a consistent basis. Despite his skill and ability for his size, Bol is still a slow-twitch athlete who takes an extra split-second to react in the run of play,” Vecenie added.

“He’s already so skilled at 17 years old — with shooting ability, great hands, a burgeoning face-up dribble game and good instincts as a shot-blocker — that it’s hard not to be excited about what his future holds. There are just so few players in the world who combine his size, length, shooting ability and rim-protection skills,” Vecenie noted.

Dotson to reduce list soon

Devon Dotson, a 6-1 senior-to-be point guard from Providence Day High School in Charlotte, N.C., told Rivals.com at last weekend’s Under Armour Association event in California that KU, Arizona, Miami and Florida figure to make his list of finalists this week.

Rivals.com’s No. 36-ranked player in the class of 2018 has been offered by those schools as well as North Carolina State, Creighton, Georgetown, Maryland, Clemson, Wake Forest, Tennessee and others.

“I think I’ll do a top seven or maybe eight,” he told Eric Bossi of Rivals.com.

Harvey update

Zach Harvey, a 6-4 junior-to-be shooting guard from Topeka Hayden, ranked No. 57 in the Class of 2019, played well for KC Run GMC at the Under Armour Event, Bossi said.

“He got to the rim off the dribble and showed flashes of high major athleticism,” Bossi wrote, indicating Harvey has been offered a scholarship by KU, Kansas State, Creighton, Wake Forest, Iowa and others.

Class of 2018 KU Targets (rankings by Rivals.com)

No 1: Marvin Bagley III, 6-10, PF, Sierra Canyon High School, Chatsworth, Calif.

No. 2: Zion Williamson, 6-6, F, Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School.

No. 3: Romeo Langford, 6-4, SG, New Albany (Ind.) High School.

No. 4: Jordan Brown, 6-10, PF, Woodcreek High School, Roseville, Calif.

No. 6: Moses Brown, 7-0, PF, Archbishop Molloy High School, Queens, N.Y.

No. 7: Bol Bol, 7-2, PF, Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, Calif.

No. 8: Darius Garland, 6-0, PG, Brentwood Academy, Nashville.

No. 9: Simisola Shittu, 6-8, PF, Vermont Academy, Saxton River, Vt.

No. 11: Javonte Smart, 6-4, PG, Scotlandville (La.) High School.

No. 12: Quentin Grimes, 6-5, PG/SG, College Park High School, The Woodlands, Texas.

No. 14: Naz Reid, 6-10, C, Roselle Catholic High School, Asbury Park, N.J.

No. 15: Immanuel Quickley, 6-4, PG, John Carroll High School, Bel Air, Md.

No. 17: Emmitt Williams, 6-7, PF, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.

No. 20: Silvio De Sousa, 6-7, PF, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.

No. 24: Jahvon Quinerly, 6-0, PG, Hudson Catholic High School, Hackensack, N.J.

No. 31: Louis King, 6-6, F, Hudson Catholic High School, Hackensack, N.J.

No. 32: Keldon Johnson, 6-6, SG, Huntington (W.Va.) Prep.

No. 34: Jairus Hamilton, 6-7, F, Cannon School, Concord, N.C.

No. 36: Devon Dotson, 6-1, PG, Providence Day High School, Charlotte, N.C.

No. 40: Brandon Williams, 6-2, PG, Crespi High School, Encino, Calif.

No. 46: Jules Bernard, 6-5, SG, Winward High School, Los Angeles.

No. 49: Nassir Little, 6-6, SF, Orlando (Fla.) Christian Prep.

No. 50: David Duke, 6-4, PG, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, Mass.

No. 53: Jalen Carey, 6-4, PG, Immaculate Conception High School, Montclair, N.J.

No. 60: David McCormack, 6-10, C, Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, Va.

No. 64: Jaedon LeDee, 6-9, SF, Kinkaid High School, Houston.

No. 68: Jamie Lewis, 6-2, PG, Westlake High School, Atlanta.

No. 83: Tyler Harris, 5-10, PG, Ridgeway High, Memphis.

No. 90: Aaron Wiggins, 6-6, F, Wesleyan Christian Academy, High Point, N.C.

No. 113: Darius Days, 6-7, F, Rock School, Gainesville, Fla.

Unranked: Ian Steere, 6-8, PF, Wesleyan Christian Academy, High Point, N.C.

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore

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