Top high school point guard picks Arizona over Villanova

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Villanova head coach Jay Wright.

Jahvon Quinerly, as many had anticipated, picked the other Wildcats.

Considered one of the top point guards in the country for the class of 2018, he announced his college decision Tuesday night on ESPNU during halftime of Steph Curry’s Select Basketball Showcase all-star game from San Francisco. It was either going to be Villanova or Arizona.

The athletic 6-footer, who will be a senior at Hudson Catholic High School in Hackensack, N.J., chose Arizona.

The Villanova Wildcats already have received oral commitments from 6-foot-8 Cole Swider, from St. Andrews School in Portsmouth, R.I., and 6-6 Brandon Slater, from Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Va. So coach Jay Wright is still looking to add a lead guard as the final piece to that group.

Villanova remains involved with Cameron Reddish, who plays for Westtown School in Chester County and is thought to be  one of the best players at any position. Duke and Kentucky are among his other finalists.

Elijah Weaver, from Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian High School, and Jalen Carey, from Immaculate Conception High School in New York, are being recruited by Villanova as well. Weaver played in the Showcase, too.

Villanova can take only one of them. If the Wildcats do, it would put them one over the scholarship limit of 13 going into the 2018-19 season. Which means something would have to happen to open up an available spot. But they have several players who could be looking to leave early for the NBA. So it doesn’t figure to be too much of a concern.