Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats says Jahvon Quinerly tore ACL in NCAA Tournament

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Jahvon Quinerly's injury looked bad when it happened, and on Friday, Alabama basketball coach Nate Oats confirmed its significant nature. 

Oats, while appearing on the Next Round live, said that Quinerly tore his ACL against Notre Dame in the first four minutes of the NCAA Tournament on March 18 in San Diego. 

"Sometimes you’ve got to catch a break," Oats said, talking about the team. "We obviously didn’t catch a break with Quinerly tearing his ACL in the first four minutes of the game. We’ve got to build a roster that can sustain those types of injuries." 

Quinerly had to be helped off the court by two members of the staff and went straight to the locker room. He was ruled out in the first half of the game that Alabama went on to lose 78-64. 

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Even with Quinerly having an inconsistent season, the loss stung the Crimson Tide. No. 11 seed Notre Dame could focus its defense on Jaden Shackelford. 

"Having the two of them in there together is what really makes them go," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "So that really changed them." 

The day after the game, Quinerly took to Instagram to thank everyone for the well wishes and prayers and posted the following caption: 

"Never in a million years would I have thought this how my last college game was gonna play out. 3 mins in 😓 doesn’t even feel real. 10 toes always though. My story not over. Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers 🙏🏼 the rest is in God’s hands… #NoUTurns" 

That seemed to make it official that he was moving on from college basketball, but that has since become somewhat unclear. He edited the caption on Instagram this week. 

All it says now is "Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers 🙏🏼 the rest is in God’s hands… #NoUTurns" 

Quinerly went through senior day at the end of the season, but that does not mean a player can't stay for another year. He just wrapped up his second season with Alabama and his third of college basketball. 

“He was going to test the draft process," Oats said immediately after the game. "His plan was to go be a professional. It’s obviously going to put a big kink in those plans.”

Contact Alabama reporter Nick Kelly: nkelly@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly.