Former 5-star guard Jahvon Quinerly transfers to Crimson Tide

Christopher Walsh

Jahvon Quinerly, a former 5-star point guard who played his freshman season at Villanova, has transferred and will join the Alabama men's basketball program.

Quinerly announced his decision on Twitter, and Alabama also announced his addition Sunday evening.

“Jahvon is a dynamic guard that plays best in the open floor. He’s a perfect fit with the way we play,” Alabama coach Nate Oats said in a release. “He’s a playmaker that makes plays for both himself and his teammates. He makes everyone around him better.

"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him and his family throughout this recruiting process. He comes from a great close-knit family and is the type of high-character individual we’re looking to bring into our program here.”

Quinerly played in 25 contests at Villanova during the 2018-19 season while dealing through several nagging injuries. He averaged 3.2 points in 9.1 minutes per contest during his rookie season.

Quinerly was a standout player out of Hudson Catholic High School in New Jersey, where he averaged 16.6 points, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals over his career. Per Max Preps he shot 44.6 percent from 3-point range (220-for-493).

However, he averaged just 3.2 points and 9.1 minutes per game as a freshman with the Wildcats, while dealing with numerous injuries.

His best game of the season came against UConn in Madison Square Garden on Dec. 22 when he finished with 10 points and four assists in 25 minutes.

Alabama and Pitt were the frontrunners, with Georgia and Arkansas his other two finalists.

The Crimson Tide had a scholarship open up with swingman Tevin Mack's departure, as he entered the NCAA transfer portal last week.

With Quinerly's addition, Oats has a full roster.

Quinerly will likely need to sit out one year due to the transfer, but will have three years of eligibility remaining.