Five-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly has decommitted from the Arizona Wildcats, he announced Thursday.
“After careful consideration, my family and I have determined it is in my best interest to retract my verbal commitment to The University of Arizona,” Quinerly tweeted.
“I’d like to thank my extended family and fans for your continued love and support. Your positivity never goes unnoticed.”
It seemed like only a matter of time before Quinerly separated himself from Arizona.
His future at the school, and perhaps in college basketball, had been in doubt ever since an FBI investigation suggested he received payments from Arizona assistant coach Book Richardson, as described in a federal complaint.
Quinerly recently hired an attorney and said he had not been contacted by federal authorities.
While four top-10 prospects have already dropped Arizona from consideration following the FBI investigation, UA’s 2018 recruiting class had remained intact until Quinerly’s decommitment.
Arizona’s recruiting efforts have taken a massive hit to say the least, though four-star prospects Shareef O’Neal and Brandon Williams remain committed and will be officially visiting the UA on Friday for the Red-Blue game.
Quinerly is the No. 19 player in the 2018 class and No. 5 point guard. The New Jersey native committed to Arizona in August after officially visiting the UA in late June.
Before committing, Quinerly was considering Kansas, Seton Hall, Stanford, UCLA, Villanova and Virginia.
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