Arizona notched a recruiting win on Tuesday night and won out for the services of a player who plays high school basketball across the country.
The Wildcats’ 2018 recruiting class stands to include 5-star point guard prospect Jahvon Quinerly. The Hudson, N.J., native talent announced on Tuesday night he will play for Arizona during the 2018-19 hoops season.
Quinerly chose Arizona over UCLA, Villanova, Virginia, Seton Hall, Kansas and Stanford. He ranks as one of the best players in the 2018 class and profiles as the centerpiece of Sean Miller’s latest class. ESPN.com ranks Quinerly as its No. 16 overall player and has him as its second-best player committed to a college — behind only Jontay Porter’s Missouri pledge. 247Sports.com classifies Quinerly as its No. 4 point guard in the upcoming class.
Quinerly will join Shareef O’Neal, Shaquille O’Neal’s son, as a highly touted 2018 commit for Miller’s program. Both are viewed as five-star pledges in the opinion of ESPN. Quinerly received more than 20 scholarship offers and made an official visit to Tucson, Ariz., in June. Arizona represented the only official visit the 6-foot Quinerly took, although he made an unofficial trek to UCLA.
The Wildcats are also in the running for top-40 national talent Devon Dotson, which would obviously add more muscle to Miller’s 2018 class.
Arizona continually books high NCAA Tournament seeds and has been one of the top modern-era college basketball programs. The Wildcats have won at least 30 games in three of the past four seasons and have made three Elite Eights in the past seven years.