Villanova gets commitment from Jahvon Quinerly, player caught up in federal probe

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Jahvon Quinerly in action in an Under Armour Elite 24 game in August 2016.

Point guard Jahvon Quinerly, who decommitted from Arizona after a federal investigation into college basketball corruption that led to the arrest of the assistant coach who recruited him, announced Wednesday that he has made an oral commitment to Villanova.

The 6-foot, 170-pound Quinerly, from Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City, N.J., is rated the No. 5 point guard in the country by 247Sports, No. 6 by ESPN and No. 7 by Rivals. He made his announcement in a 41-second video on Twitter titled “Dreams Do Come True.”

Villanova coach Jay Wright and his assistant coaches are not allowed to comment on a recruit until the player signs a national letter of intent. The next signing period will begin April 11.

Quinerly withdrew his commitment to Arizona on Oct. 19 in the wake of the investigation and arrest of former assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson. Quinerly is believed to be identified as “Player-5” in documents filed in the case involving Richardson.

According to the documents, Richardson, one of four assistant basketball coaches arrested in the corruption cases, asked for bribes from a sports agent and a financial adviser. They provided him with $15,000 that he used to land a commitment from Quinerly. Whether Quinerly actually received money remains unclear.

Yahoo Sports reported that Villanova hired an outside law firm to investigate the facts of the case, including any ties to it that Quinerly might have, which could result in sanctions that would make him ineligible. Yahoo identified a source with knowledge of the recruitment as saying, “Based on the information they have and the due diligence that they did, they think he’s got a very good chance to play.”

The addition of Quinerly strengthens a 2018-19 Wildcats class that already has signed national letters of intent from 6-foot-7 forward Cole Swider of Barrington, R.I., and 6-6 guard Brandon Slater of Fairfax, Va. The class is ranked 11th by 247Sports and 12th by Rivals.