TUSCALOOSA — The long-anticipated addition new Alabama head coach Nate Oats hinted at earlier this week finally became official Sunday night when former Villanova guard Jahvon Quinerly formally committed to the Crimson Tide.
Following multiple online reports of his commitment, the former five-star prospect from New Jersey appeared to confirm the news when he tweeted an elephant emoji — widely used to represent the Crimson Tide — and the phrase, "I'm home."
New Alabama assistant coach Bryan Hodgson later confirmed Quinerly’s signing with his own tweet: “Pumped to welcome @RealJahvonQ to the @AlabamaMBB family! Super excited to get to coach JQ, a great kid, with an absolute love for the game!!! #RollTide”
The 2018 McDonald's All-American point guard reportedly visited Tuscaloosa last weekend and would fill out Alabama's roster after several off-season departures, the latest coming from rising senior wing Tevin Mack, who entered the transfer portal Wednesday.
“We want guys that really want to be here and are 100 percent all-in,” Oats said Wednesday. “I feel like we’ve got a great roster and now we have one open scholarship. I can’t speak about kids until they officially commit and sign some papers, but we like where we’re at with the recruiting and anticipate having the last scholarship filled up here pretty quickly with a pretty quality player, would be my hope.”
Quinerly, who was ranked as the 29th overall prospect in the 2018 class per 247Sports.com, becomes the seventh member of Alabama's 2019 signing class and fourth to sign following Oats' hiring in April, joining graduate transfer point guard James “Beetle” Bolden, and forwards Raymond Hawkins and James Rojas, a former junior college All-American.
Mack was the sixth member of last year’s Crimson Tide roster to enter the transfer portal since Oats’ hiring in April, and will be the fourth to ultimately leave the program, joining guard Dazon Ingram and forwards Daniel Giddens and Diante Wood.
Quinerly would fit Oats’ guard-heavy scheme and provides a potentially dynamic scoring option alongside rising sophomore point guard Kira Lewis Jr. and Bolden.
Quinerly played in 25 of 36 games last season as a freshman at Villanova before his playing time dropped off considerably over the final eight games of the season.