5-Star PG Jahvon Quinerly to Commit to Villanova After Decommitting from Arizona

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2018

Team Clutch''s  Jahvon Quinerly #4 in action against Team Drive in the Under Armour Elite 24 game on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Brooklyn, NY.  (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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Prized point guard prospect Jahvon Quinerly is reportedly planning to play college basketball at Villanova after decommitting from the University of Arizona in October. 

Per Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel, Quinerly will pledge to the Wildcats on Wednesday. 

Quinerly's talent is obvious. He's a 5-star prospect and the No. 25 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He's also listed as the fifth-best point guard and the third-best recruit from the state of New Jersey among the group.

The Hudson Catholic Regional High School standout uses a terrific burst to attack the paint and has shown the ability to both finish in traffic and create open looks for teammates with advanced vision and court awareness for a player at the prep level.

In July 2016, the guard told Jack LeGwin of SNY he credited his tri-state area upbringing for helping him become a more well-rounded player.

"That's where the toughness comes from I think," Quinerly said. "I feel like up in New Jersey and New York, we have some really tough guards. I knew all of these guys, so it's awesome really."

There are off-court concerns about his collegiate availability, though.

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reported Quinerly's decision to withdraw his Arizona commitment came after an FBI investigation into college basketball alleged Wildcats assistant coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson "orchestrated a $15,000 bribe" involving the guard's college choice.

So Quinerly must be cleared by the NCAA before he'll be eligible to play.

Thamel noted Villanova "thoroughly investigated" Quinerly as it was recruiting him, which included hiring an independent law firm to examine his case. 

This represents a significant boom-or-bust addition to the 2018 class for head coach Jay Wright and the Wildcats. While the reward of his potential immediate on-court impact is exciting, there's also risk associated with the hurdles that must be cleared before he can take the floor.

If given the green light, Quinerly may push to jump right into Villanova's starting lineup, but his skill set would also make him an ideal offensive spark plug off the bench as a sixth man.

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