The first major point guard domino fell Tuesday as Jahvon Quinerly committed to Arizona. A 6-foot lead guard and five-star prospect, Quinerly becomes the second backcourt commit and third overall for Sean Miller in the 2018 class.
One of the most skilled and polished prospects within the 2018 class, while Quinerly is not a tremendous athlete, nor does he have a college-ready frame, his impressive feel, intellect and playmaking abilities remain second to none. A member of a very successful Hudson Catholic High School over the past three years, Quinerly is a gigantic addition for the Wildcats.
In need of replacing Parker Jackson-Cartwright next spring, Arizona made quick work of the recruitment of Brandon Williams, another fellow top-50 guard prospect. However, the Wildcats, just like the rest of the nation, have become enamored with throwing out multiple ballhandlers onto the floor, reminiscent of recent national champions Villanova and North Carolina.
While the idea of joining another playmaking guard in the same class may have been a turn off for most, it was more of a selling point for Quinerly.
“They have the other guard so they were basically saying me and him can coexist in the backcourt," Quinerly told GoAZCats.com. "We both like playing off the ball a little bit and we don't have to have the ball in our hand 100 percent of the time. We both like to score, so we could coexist in the backcourt.”
Having taken just one official visit to date, Arizona reaped the rewards for getting the chance to host the silky-smooth guard for a 48-hour stay back in June.
Quinerly joins Williams in the backcourt along with five-star 2018 forward Shareef O’Neal in what is shaping up to be another banner class for the Wildcats.