Quinerly was one of, if not the top, targets on the Villanova board and was viewed as the potential successor to Jalen Brunson at the lead guard spot. Quinerly announced a final 7 earlier this spring and took just one official to Arizona before making the call.
No two ways about it, this is a tough loss for Jay Wright and his staff. They’ve been all over Quinerly for several years and up until his official visit to Tucson in late June, the ‘Cats appeared to be in the driver’s seat.
If you’re looking for a silver lining, it’s better to know this in early August when there are still some good options on the board. Villanova recently offered Top-60 point guard Jalen Carey and the Wildcats are in his final six schools with official visits likely to come soon.
If the ‘Cats don’t land a point guard in this cycle it won’t be the end of the world with Phil Booth, Donte DiVincenzo and Collin Gillespie expected back next season.