Alabama basketball: Jahvon Quinerly and Nimari Burnett injury updates from Nate Oats

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

BIRMINGHAM — Jahvon Quinerly announced in April that he will be back for another season with Alabama basketball, but when he will be available to play remains uncertain. 

Quinerly suffered a torn ACL in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in March against Notre Dame. 

Nate Oats said at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am on Wednesday that the Crimson Tide is hoping Quinerly will be able to return by SEC play. 

"If his recovery goes great, maybe sooner," Oats said. "But we’re not going to try to rush him. We want him to have a healthy year when he is able to play and try to get himself to be able to play after college. That’s what we’re planning on, by SEC play."

Quinerly is staying for a third season with the Crimson Tide after graduating this spring. He transferred from Villanova ahead of the 2019-20 season. He served as Alabama's starting point guard in 2021-22, finishing second in scoring (13.8 points per game) and assists (4.2). 

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Alabama also is expected to get guard Nimari Burnett back in the fold after he had to miss the 2021-22 season because he tore his ACL. Burnett transferred from Texas Tech ahead of last season and was a McDonald's All-American. 

Oats said Burnett is not doing anything live with the team this spring. 

"We do anticipate him at some point this summer being able to start to go live with five-on-five stuff," Oats said. "It’s coming along, though. He’s on time."

Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly