Jahvon Quinerly: 4 things to know about the Alabama Crimson Tide basketball guard

Ben Leibowitz
Montgomery Advertiser

Alabama men's basketball guard Jahvon Quinerly started his college days with Villanova.

The former five-star recruit of the 2018 recruiting class played 25 games for the Wildcats as a freshman prior to transferring to the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

Here are some facts about Quinerly:

  • Height: 6 feet, 1 inch
  • Weight: 175 pounds
  • Age: 21 years old (Birthday: Nov. 25, 1998)

Here are more facts about Quinerly and the early stages of his basketball path:

Jahvon Quinerly denied eligibility waiver by NCAA after transfer

Jan 13, 2019; Omaha, NE, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Jahvon Quinerly (1) dribbles against the Creighton Bluejays in the first half at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

In October 2019, the NCAA denied Quinerly's waiver request for immediate eligibility to play for Alabama after transferring from Villanova.

At the time, Quinerly provided the following statement regarding the NCAA denying his waiver request, tweeted by Matt Zenitz of

Quinerly said, "Disappointed with this decision. My family and I have been through a lot and I know how much it would mean for my mom and dad to watch me suit up when our season begins. Despite this news, I am going to continue to work hard both on and off the court and will remain hopeful that I will be able to play this year." 

Although Alabama opted to appeal the NCAA's decision, the NCAA denied the appeal seeking immediate eligibility for Quinerly on Nov. 11. 

In a joint statement, Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats and athletic director Greg Byrne said: "Jahvon and his family have been through a set of circumstances that no student-athlete in the history of the NCAA has experienced."

Quinerly will be eligible to play for Alabama in the 2020-21 season. 

Quinerly originally committed to the Arizona Wildcats

Hudson Catholic's Jahvon Quinerly #5 shoots a free throw against St. Anthony during a high school basketball game at the 2017 Hoophall Classic on Saturday, January 14,, 2017, in Springfield, MA.

Before he spent his freshman year with Villanova, Quinerly committed to play for Wildcats on a different side of the country.

Out of high school, Quinerly committed to Arizona, but he reopened his recruitment after the coach who recruited him, Emmanuel "Book" Richardson, was arrested as part of a federal corruption scheme.

Quinerly denied taking money as part of the bribery scandal, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, and said, "I've never really been worried about that because I know what really happened."

Quinerly earned a 5-star rating in high school

Jahvon Quinerly told Scout reporter Josh Gershon that he's still committed to Arizona 'for now.'

Quinerly earned consecutive Gatorade New Jersey Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors during his final two seasons at Hudson Catholic Regional High School in New Jersey.

In the process, he became the first New Jersey player to earn the honor in back-to-back years since Minnesota Timberwolves star center and former Kentucky standout Karl-Anthony Towns.

Quinerly's elite play at the high school level earned him five-star recruit ratings. He was viewed as the No. 26 recruit of his class by ESPN.

What is 'Jelly Fam'?

Nov 6, 2018; Villanova, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Jahvon Quinerly (1) drives to the basket against Morgan State Bears guard Isiaha Burke (15) during the first half at Finneran Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Quinerly, Isaiah Washington and Ja'Quaye James created "Jelly Fam" while playing around with different moves in the gym.

According to an article by Jason Jordan for USA TODAY, Quinerly said of the group's trademarked (literally) move, "I definitely do it once a game or more."

"It's just a part of my game so it comes second nature to me," Quinerly said. It's the move that everyone wants to see."

The move is essentially just putting some added flavor on their finger-roll layups through a wrist motion.

As it turns out, even some of the NBA's biggest stars, like Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (also a New Jersey native), are privy to the move.

"I talk to Kyrie from time to time and he loves the movement," Quinerly said, per Jordan's piece. "It's cool to see everyone posting #JellyFam on social media. I love seeing that."

Ben Leibowitz is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. 

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