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

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2018

Hudson Catholic's Jahvon Quinerly #5 in action against John Carroll during a high school basketball game at the Hoophall Classic, Monday, January 15, 2018, in Springfield, MA. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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Point guard Jahvon Quinerly announced Wednesday that he has committed to play college basketball for the Villanova Wildcats.        

He made it official with the following video:

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Quinerly is a 5-star recruit who is the No. 25 overall player and No. 5 point guard in the 2018 class.

Quinerly decommitted from the University of Arizona in October.

That came amid an FBI probe relating to bribery in college basketball. Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson, who recruited Quinerly, was arrested during the investigation.

Although Quinerly was not named in the probe, Richardson allegedly gave a $15,000 bribe to "Player-5." 

According to ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello, the player "'verbally committed to attending'" Arizona 'on or about August 9, 2017,'" and Quinerly had committed August 8.

Quinerly is a standout at Hudson Catholic in Jersey City, New Jersey, and he had no shortage of big-time schools pursuing him.

Per 247Sports, Oklahoma, Kansas and UCLA were among the colleges that made him scholarship offers.

Two seasons removed from winning a national championship, Villanova has established itself as a perennially elite program.

It is once again among the top teams in the nation this season (No. 3 in the AP Top 25), and a second national title in three years is within reach.

Nova has a young and talented team poised to compete at a high level for years to come, but if Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges or Phil Booth decides to declare for the 2018 NBA draft at the end of the season, Quinerly will be in line to play a big role for the Wildcats in 2018-19.

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