Jahvon Quinerly is a Wildcat… an Arizona Wildcat that is.
Today, Quinerly officially committed to the University of Arizona for the 2018 season. Earlier this year, his list consisted of Arizona, Kansas, UCLA, Seton Hall, and Villanova. He only officially visited Arizona, Kansas and UCLA. And just one of those made his final two… Arizona. Arizona was accompanied by Villanova in his top two as he came close to making his choice.
However, most people didn’t even hear the name “Villanova” because the odds were heavily stacked in Arizona’s favor.
Quinerly spoke kindly about Arizona after a visit, and couldn’t do the same for Villanova since he never visited them. That alone gave Arizona quite the upper hand.
Another reason Arizona was favored was the fact that Arizona already had two of 247Sports’ top ten recruits for 2018 committed to their program (Shareef O’Neal, ranked fourth overall, and Brandon Williams, ranked sixth overall).
There was little debate when most agreed that Quinerly would head off to Arizona. Hours before he announced his decision, 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball Prediction” for Quinerly was 100% in favor of Arizona.
The number four point guard is a five-star recruit with a 0.9947 composite score from 247Sports (the highest obtainable ranking is a 1.0) and is ranked 15th overall for all 2018 recruits. His presence at the UA will be an important one, as he will likely be taking over for current star point guard Allonzo Trier.
ESPN’s scouting report on Quinerly applauded his versatility – something that can launch a team from the brink of an NCAA championship to becoming NCAA Champions. ESPN had this to describe his strengths:
He’s highly skilled with an instinctive feel for the game. There isn’t much he can’t do with the ball in his hands and he’s exceptionally smooth while doing it. He’s gifted both physically and mentally with the basketball
Adding his skill set to O’Neal and Williams, the 2018-19 team will have an easy transition from the 2017-18 season. His choice will not only benefit Arizona, but Quinerly as well – he should thrive.
In a city where basketball is already the center of attention, the spotlight will shine even brighter with more and more top recruits piling into McKale. Arizona might even be lucky enough to land number one overall Marvin Bagley if he doesn’t reclassify to the class of 2017.
With the commitment of Quinerly, Arizona has a lot to look forward to even with or without Bagley.