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Immanuel Quickley will not be the next Maryland Terrapins star guard.
On Wednesday night, Qthe highly touted 6-3 point guard joined Rob Carlin and Brian Mitchell on CSN's SportsTalk Live and the five-star point guard from John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md. removed the Terrapins from his remaining list of schools.
With Maryland out, Quickley's Top 3 list consists of Kentucky, Kansas and Miami, with the Wildcats being the heavy favorites.
"I am taking Maryland off my list," Quickley told CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rob Carlin on Wednesday night. "They [Maryland] haven't contacted me as much. So it only makes sense to go forward with those three."
Communication was key for the No. 1 class of 2018 recruit in Maryland. Quickley, who is ranked in the top 15 recruits in every major recruiting service, connected with Miami because of great communication. "Miami has a great coaching staff and I really connected with them," he told CSN's Carlin. "They brought all four coaches to meet me. I think that was a big part of it in recruiting me."
"It's big, especially with the head coach. That's who is making th sub. That who is calling the plays, stuff like that."
Communication in the recruiting process is important to Quickley, but so is the communication during development once the player hits campus. That's what stood out about Kansas. "I think they've taken players, not even like myself, players that haven't been as talented as me and gotten them to the highest level, so I think that's been a big part of what's stood out."
As for Kentucky, it's simple. John Calipari is the best recruiter in college basketball. "You just have to sit back and smile," he said of getting his first contact from Calipari and the Wildcats coaching staff. "It definitely was cool to have coach Calipari reach out to me."
But for Maryland, it's not nearly as cool. Quickley is the latest in near-gets for Maryland. Head coach Mark Turgeon recently missed out on Prentiss Hubb and Brandon Slater.
The Terps were the lone local school on Quickley's list, and Quickley has often stated that Maryland had a hometown advantage. But Turgeon and his staff had not communicated with Quickley in recent months as much as the remaining schools on his list, so the Terps once again miss out on luring a top-flight prospect to College Park.