Jersey City (N.J.) Hudson Catholic point guard Jahvon Quinerly was the talk of Charlottesville over the previous four days and he’s staying a fifth day to meet with Tony Bennett and the Virginia staff.
The five-star wanted to spend time with UVa head coach Tony Bennett before heading home from NBA Top 100 Camp.
“He’s a great guy,” said Quinerly of Bennett. “To have a coach that’s played at the next level, who potentially could coach me, that’s a great feeling.”
What has the message from Bennett and Co. been to Quinerly thus far in the process?
“Just come in and be that lead point guard. He’s basically saying he’s going to put the ball in my hands.
“Knowing that they’re after me like that is just a great feeling.”
Quinerly, who 247Sports now ranks as the No. 1 point guard in the nation in 2018, said playing in the ACC is attractive to him.
“It’s an ACC school, playing against arguably the best competition in the country. Just being able to come in and run a team at that level is a great feeling.”
The 6-foot floor general stayed after NBA Top 100 Camp last year for an unofficial visit as well, so Sunday’s visit will be a refresher of sorts.
“I actually got to see the Villanova game that ended at the buzzer last year. London’s even reached out to me. We have a good relationship as well.
“I definitely see similarities and why everybody compares us. He could go get a bucket whenever. He’s not slow all the time. He can speed it up and that’s kind of my game.
“I don’t play slow all the time. I can play fast as well.”
Villanova and Virginia both have predictions on Quinerly’s 247Sports Crystal Ball. Jay Wright and the Wildcats have been in the hunt for the talent lead guard’s service from the start.
“Villanova is the most consistent school, I believe, ever since day one. They offered me my freshman summer and since then, they’ve been in contact. Jay Wright has been calling me and we just have a great relationship.”
The Wahoos and Wildcats aren’t alone in their pursuit of Quinerly. He’s named seven finalists last month and all seven remain in the picture.
“It’s still seven. Arizona, Stanford, Seton Hall, Kansas, and UCLA, that’s it.”
Quinerly said that he plans to take an official visit to Stanford and plans to visit Kansas as well.