Weight: 170 pounds
Position: Point Guard
High School: Hudson Catholic (N.J.)
Ranking: Five-star recruit (247 Sports)
It almost seems unfair that the Villanova Wildcats continue to replace talent with even more talent. Sure, Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, and possibly Donte DiVincenzo are leaving. Yet, Villanova still has one of the strongest recruiting classes headlined by star point guard Jahvon Quinerly.
Quinerly chose to play for two-time champion coach Jay Wright after de-committing from Arizona due to a recruiting scandal. He also received offers from Kansas, Syracuse, Ohio State, UCLA, and others.
According to NJ.com, Quinerly averaged 18.5 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game in the 2017-2018 season for Hudson Catholic. Quinerly possesses the agility and quickness to be an elite guard, but what separates him is his handles and vision. His jaw-dropping passes had people in shock, which is aided by the fact that he can get to the rim with ease. On many highlight clips, you can see him making a no-look behind-the-back pass like it’s nothing. Quinerly is one of the best ball-handlers coming out of the high school ranks.
The one thing that may hold Quinerly back is his jump shot, which struggles when he’s under pressure. Another is his size because of his height and weight. Quinerly stands just above six-feet tall, and may struggle in a physical conference like the Big East.
However, if anyone knows how to get the most out of a player, it’s Jay Wright. Even though graduating guard Jalen Brunson is a little bigger than Quinerly at 6’3, 190 pounds, he was still deemed under-sized yet ultimately voted the best player in the NCAA.
There’s a reason Slam Online stated that he is the next great point guard to come from New Jersey and said he’s, “the perfect combination of smooth and gritty.” Quinerly is a great talent, but projects to be a multi-year player. Even then, it will be interesting to see if he can carry that same electricity on the court when the stakes are raised.