Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly of New Jersey announced Tuesday night he will play for Arizona in 2018-19, choosing UA over Villanova.
"I'll be playing for the University of Arizona and coach Sean Miller," Quinerly said. "Bear down."
Quinerly, who made the announcement during halftime of a high school all-star game on ESPNU, has been expected all summer to pick Arizona and speculation heated up after the Wildcats hosted Charlotte’s Devon Dotson for a visit last week. UA was expected to add only one of the two point guards, if either wanted to commit.
A 6-foot, 170-pound point guard at Jersey City’s Hudson Catholic High School who is rated a five-star player by 24/7 Sports, ESPNB Quinerly visited Arizona in June. He said he liked the “whole atmosphere” at Arizona, saying his visit to McKale Center was probably his favorite part of the trip.
“It was great being able to experience the whole atmosphere in Tucson, to connect with Sean Miller and the whole coaching staff,” Quinerly also said. “It was great being able to hang out with DeAndre Ayton and the guys and they’re just telling me about Arizona’s style.”
While the Wildcats already have one point guard recruit in the class of 2018 in Los Angeles’ Brandon Williams, Quinerly said he’s comfortable with the idea of playing alongside him.
“The whole (UA) coaching staff, their pitch was, ‘We can fit you both in the backcourt,’” Quinerly told the Star last month in Las Vegas. “We both like to play off the ball. We can co-exist.”
Quinerly is known for a smooth and smart playing style, with the ability to handle the ball, pass and make quick changes in direction or speed as he drives to the basket. He is ranked No. 16 in the class of 2018 by ESPN and Rivals, while Scout has him at No. 20.
Arizona already has Williams and forward Shareef O'Neal committed for the 2018 class. UA coach Sean Miller said he hoped to sign five players during the November singing period and is aiming for six or seven total next spring.
The Wildcats have turned over roughly half of their 13-man roster each of the past several years due to early pro departures and transfers, forcing Miller to recruit players at every position every year.