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The Quinerly Question: Will He Stay Or Will He Go?

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Villanova’s freshman point guard has an important decision to make this offseason

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Happy Tuesday Nova Nation! Villanova’s season only came to an end three days ago, but it didn’t take long for the question that everyone’s been asking to start popping up in print. Will freshman Jahvon Quinerly stay with the Wildcats or decide to transfer elsewhere? The Inquirer’s Joe Juliano does a great job recapping Quinerly’s frustrating first season in our first article below. But of even more interest, it appears we have a timeline for his decision.

Yesterday, Jay Wright told reporters that he plans to meet with Quinerly and his parents in the next week or so to discuss the decision. Juliano quotes Jay in the article, “He and I talk all the time. If he believes this is best for him, we’d love to have him. He knows what this is. he’s been here for a year and he’s a smart kid. So we respect his decision on what he believes is best for him.” Wright continued, “In the offseason, that’s what we try to do for every player. You meet. You want guys to be here because they believe this is the best for them. You don’t want guys who feel like they’re stuck here.”

I’m not going to pretend to know which way this situation is leaning. Even the “sources” I’ve heard from have differing opinions that seem based in opinion more than fact. So instead, let’s take a quick look at the reasons Quinerly would have to stay, and reasons he’d have to go.

There’s certainly enough in the “stay” category for Quinerly to give it serious consideration. First off, he’s already put in a year’s worth of work in learning this system and forming a bond with his teammates. While that experience would help him anywhere he went, it would obviously be most beneficial at Villanova. There’s also the fact that he has a path to the starting point guard role. No other player on the team or coming in is a true point guard, and Quinerly’s combination of talent and experience should give him a leg up on players like Collin Gillespie, Bryan Antoine, and Justin Moore. Also, he’d have the benefit of actually playing this season instead of having to sit out a year by transferring. And even though a number of fans are speculating that he’s out the door, everyone would love to see him overcome this first season to become the star he was recruited to be at Villanova.

On the other hand, Quinerly may just want a fresh start somewhere. His talent would likely land him somewhere in a major conference, so he’d still have the opportunity to compete against the best at this level. A year sitting out may be what he’s looking for to put some distance between everything that’s happened at his first two schools and the basketball future he has ahead of him. He could also be looking for a different style of play now that he understands better what Villanova runs. And sometimes while a coach and player may see eye to eye during recruitment, the chemistry just isn’t there once they’re together on campus.

This is all speculation, and at this point I really think it could go either way. As a Villanova fan, I hope he decides to stay because I think this team could be really good with him at his best next season. But as a Quinerly fan, I just hope he does what’s going to make him happy in the long run.

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