Sunday, June 02, 2019

Offseason Post #7: The Jahvon Quinerly Edition

Posting this in the middle of a huge Alabama softball game because it is big news. Former McDonald's All-American Jahvon Quinerly has committed to Alabama after transferring from Villanova. The 6'1, 175 lb guard, with three years eligibility remaining, is expected to sit out this upcoming season, but he will apply for a waiver to play immediately. My guess is he won't receive a waiver, but the NCAA has also been, shall we say, inconsistent where it concerns transfer waivers.

  

 

While receiving a commitment from a former 5-star McDonald's All-American is always a cause for celebration, it does need to be pointed out that his first and only season in Villanova was somewhat of a struggle. He only averaged 9.1 minutes per game, finishing his season with modest averages of 3.2 pts, 0.9 ast, 0.8 reb, and 0.2 stls with shooting averages of 33.7% FG, 25% 3-PT and 73.3% from the foul line. I didn't watch enough Villanova games last season to offer an opinion on why Jahvon struggled, but I'm more likely than not to bet on a former McDonald's All-American to figure things out. Hopefully, the future is bright for Jahvon in Tuscaloosa.

 

With Jahvon's commitment, the scholarship limit has now been reached. With that in mind, I have to give Nate Oats and the staff credit for putting together a roster that I believe, at least on paper, will be very competitive in the SEC next season. Coach Oats himself has said publicly that reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2019-20 will be a realistic goal for this team. The peaks and valleys (mostly valleys) of this program in the last twenty-five years have made me cynical to say the least, but I'm starting to believe this program finally has the right coaching staff in place to win consistently.

 

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