Family and friends of Immanuel Quickley gathered earlier this week in his hometown of Havre de Grace to celebrate his gold medal from the United States team representing basketball players in the 17 and under age group in Spain this summer.
Quickley, 17, the son of Nitrease and Marcellous Quickley of Havre de Grace, competed for a spot among 72 other top ranked players in Ohio prior to earning a spot on the 12-member U.S. team for the FIBA U-17 World Championship, held in late June and early July in Zaragoza, Spain.
In honor of his gold medal win, Quickley's grandparents, Marion and Ellen Hamilton, and his aunt and uncle, Demetria and Shawn Hamilton, hosted an appreciation gathering on Labor Day at Tydings Park with 200 family and friends in attendance.
During the world tournament, Quickley averaged 3.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in six of the U.S. team's seven games, all victories.
The U.S. team defeated Turkey, 96-56, on July 3 to win the championship. Quickley played 14 minutes in the final, scoring a field goal and two free throws for four points. He also had a rebound and two assists.
Quickly is an honor student in his junior year at The John Carroll School in Bel Air.
He was an All Harford selection in basketball as a sophomore and was also named The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year.
A 6-4 guard, Quickley has received a number of college scholarship offers, including from the University of Maryland, The Baltimore Sun reported in June.