Knicks Guard Says He Isn’t NBA Nervous Because He Played At Kentucky

There is pressure playing in the NBA. There is also pressure playing at the University of Kentucky.

His time in Lexington has prepared rookie shooting guard Immanuel Quickley to play at the highest level. After scoring 16 points in only 19 minutes off the bench, Quickley made it clear why he doesn’t feel nerves.

“I went to the University of Kentucky,” Quickley said after the New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 112-108 on Monday. “We played in front of 30,000 every night.”

The Knicks are 4-3 on the season through seven games.

Three games into his rookie season, Quickley is averaging 10.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and is shooting 50-percent from beyond the arc. He’s doing that despite playing only 15.3 minutes per game, too.

New York still isn’t any sort of contender, but getting valuable minutes from the No. 25 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft is at least a step in the right direction. At some point, some of these draft picks have to start hitting.

Quickley played two seasons at Kentucky. In his first, he averaged 5.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He upped his production in Year 2, however, averaging 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He also shot 42.8 percent from three-point range.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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  1. If Cal was paying players he would’ve been caught by now and everyone reading this knows that. Cal is the most hated college coach in the country, and EVERYBODY wants to see him fail. Ironic that Tennessee and Louisville fans accuse Cal and UK of cheating yet didn’t both of their former coaches get caught violating NCAA rules? Where’s Cal’s violation? Ahh that’s rights, there isn’t one. There’s a reason Zion didn’t end up at UK, look it up.

    • You can’t be serious can you? Everywhere Cal goes there is a trail of shit behind him. Didn’t UMASS and Memphis have to forfeit entire seasons for some shit Cal did? Dude is dirty as hell just like Coach K, Pitino, Bill Self, etc. If you are serious send whatever you are smoking my way.

      • Cmon Reiner, 5 minutes of a little research and you could see that you’re blowing smoke. UMASS forfeited their entire season because Marcus Camby accepted money from an agent unrelated to the school. Memphis got in trouble because Derrick Rose had someone else take the SAT for him in HIGH SCHOOL. In both accounts, the players were coached by Cal and in both accounts there was a massive investigation and Cal was found guiltless by the NCAA. Don’t you think the NCAA/ every petty college basketball fan to ever exist wants to catch him cheating? They do and they can’t and it kills them.

        • Cmon Clay it only takes half a brain to know that arrogant basketball coaches are control freaks that know every little detail that goes down with players. Where there is smoke there is fire. I think you are just being contrarian. Calipari doesn’t get in trouble for the same reason Bill Self, Aw Shucks Roy Williams, Coach K, etc etc don’t, there is too much money at stake. The NCAA is a toothless tiger with rules that they sometimes enforce and other times they don’t, especially when it comes to blue blood programs. Get real and quit being so naïve.

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