Arizona and coach Sean Miller keep attracting five-star talent with the commitment tonight of class of 2018 point guard Jahvon Quinerly of Hackensack (N.J.) Hudson High School.
Quinerly announced his decision — which came down to Arizona and Villanova — during a high school basketball “Summer of Next” showcase game on ESPNU in San Francisco.
Quinerly visited the Arizona campus in June. He did not visit UCLA and Kansas as first planned.
Quinerly is one of three point guards Miller and his staff have been recruiting out of the class of 2018, including Devon Dotson of Charlotted (N.C.) Providence Day and Quentin Grimes of The Woodlands (Texas) College Park.
It is uncertain how Quinerly’s decision affects that of Dotson and Grimes. The commitment is non-binding until Quinerly signs in November.
Arizona already has another point guard commit — Brandon Williams of Encino (Calif.) Crespi. Quinerly, 6’0″ and 165, has let it know that he can play either guard spot in college.
Grimes, who is 6’5″, can also play at the shooting guard position or on the wing. Dotson visited Arizona last week.
Shaquille O’Neal’s son, Shareef O’Neal, a forward at Santa Monica (Calif.) Crossroads, is Arizona’s other Class of 2018 commit.
Quinerly is ranked No. 16 by Rivals in its top 150 prospects in the class of 2018. O’Neal is No. 23 and Williams No. 48. O’Neal is rated with five stars and Williams four.
Miller said in a press conference today at Arizona that he will sign five to seven players before next season in the fall and spring signing periods.
Since his hire at Arizona in 2009, Miller has recruited 15 players rated as five-star prospects through the Class of 2017. That ranks only behind Kentucky’s John Calipari (35) and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (24).
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