Jahvon Quinerly, one of the blue-chip prospects caught up in the FBI probe into college basketball, reportedly has a new school.
Over the summer, Jahvon Quinerly committed to Arizona basketball. He headlined a class that also featured four-star players Shareef O’Neal, son of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, and Brandon Williams.
247Sports ranks Quinerly as the No. 25 player in the country. He’s the fifth-ranked point guard in the class of 2018.
Quinerly’s situation quickly changed as the FBI revealed its investigation into the sport. He was quickly identified as one of the players whose names were redacted from the Bureau’s released report.
According to the report, “Player-5” received payment from Arizona “around three days prior” to August 11. Quinerly’s August 8 commitment lined up perfectly.
On October 20, he announced the reopening of his recruitment, after the FBI probe shined its spotlight on his recruitment, and Arizona basketball. Now, it appears that his new basketball home is set.
Quinerly comes from Jersey City, New Jersey. 247 ranks him No. 3 in the Garden State.
Yahoo! Sports‘ Pete Thamel reports that Quinerly will be staying much closer to home. He says that one Wednesday, the five-star guard will announce his commitment to Villanova.
Jahvon Quinerly, a McDonald’s All-American point guard ensnared in the pending federal basketball corruption case, will commit to play college basketball at Villanova on Wednesday, multiple sources confirmed to Yahoo Sports.
Villanova is currently considered the favorite by voters on 247’s crystal ball, with 83-percent of the vote. The rest of the predictions are still pointing towards Arizona, which would obviously be untenable for the young point guard given the current climate. Thamel reports that Villanova has vetted the situation, and isn’t worried about the five-star guard’s eligibility.
Quinerly’s tie to the federal case and, potentially, the NCAA violations it reveals were thoroughly investigated by Villanova, according to sources.
Quinerly hails from northern New Jersey, and his family reached out to the Villanova basketball staff soon after the federal investigation became public in September. Sources said that Villanova did months of due diligence on the case, including hiring an outside law firm to examine the facts of the case. “Based on the information they have and the due diligence that they did, they think he’s got a very good chance to play,” said a source with first-hand knowledge of the recruitment.
According to the FBI case, a former Arizona assistant identified as Emanuel “Book
According to Thamel, Quinerly’s commitment will come via social media tomorrow. He’s set to join a class that already features four-star forward Cole Swider and four-star guard Brandon Slater. The class is currently ranked 39th nationally and fourth in the Big East, but based on 247’s class calculator tool, this commitment should boost ‘Nova up to 11th in the country, and first in the conference.