Harford Men’s Basketball welcomed Havre de Grace native Immanuel Quickley of the New York Knicks (#5) back to the APGFCU Arena at Harford Community College for an inaugural week-long summer basketball camp hosted by the College.
The coed camp was attended by approximately 61 campers ages 6 to 16 who were mostly students from Harford County Public Schools. They were coached by the Harford Fighting Owls coaching staff and players, as well as coaches and trainers from local schools and athletics programs.
“It was an honor hosting this event. Quickley was actively engaged with the campers and attended the camp every day,” said Patty Medina, Harford’s Associate Athletic Director. “He signed autographs, took photographs, participated in the skills training, and challenged players to friendly competitive one-on-ones. He welcomed and dismissed the campers and had a great time coaching a team during the scrimmages.”
In addition to on-the-court skill development, the camp featured leadership and mental skills development. Dr. Theresa Felder, Harford Community College President, welcomed the campers and Quickley. Other speakers included Nick Richards, who played at the University of Kentucky and now plays for the Charlotte Hornets; Dave Lam, an NBA skills trainer from Jersey who also led skills stations; and Kevin Kangu from Canada, who plays professionally overseas. A few Marylanders also attended the camp and spoke to the students: Greg Whittington from Columbia, MD, who played at Georgetown and is now a professional overseas player; Rudy Gay, an NBA player with the Utah Jazz, who played at Archbishop Spalding and the University of Connecticut; Harford Community College Board Member Chris Payne, who used to coach Quickley during recreational basketball seasons; and Nitrease Quickley, Immanuel’s mother and an assistant principal at Bel Air High School. Topics ranged from academics, personal testimonies, perseverance and persistence, faith, work ethic, mental health and fortitude, discipline, and more.
Immanuel attended The John Carroll School, where he was a two-time state champion. Hosting the camp at Harford brought back memories for him, as he played his high school championship games there in a packed APGFCU Arena. His mother, Nitrease Quickley, is a former Fighting Owls women’s basketball team member, playing for two years at Harford prior to playing for Morgan State.
Immanuel played college basketball for the University of Kentucky Wildcats before being drafted by the NBA in 2020, where he now plays point and shooting guard for the Knicks.
A portion of the proceeds from the camp benefited Harford Hoops Men’s Basketball.