Alabama basketball's Jahvon Quinerly entering name in NBA Draft | Report

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama basketball guard Jahvon Quinerly is declaring for the 2023 NBA Draft while maintaining his college eligibility, he told CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein.

Quinerly, 24, still has one season of eligibility remaining if he wants to use it. He joins Charles Bediako and Brandon Miller in declaring for the draft. Miller is expected to be a lottery pick and is not expected to return, but Bediako could decide to come back after going through the draft process where he has the opportunity to get valuable feedback.

The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 22 and the NCAA early entry withdrawal deadline is May 31.

Quinerly was originally going to pursue professional options after the 2021-22 season, but he tore his ACL in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Notre Dame. He decided to stay with the Crimson Tide and came back earlier than expected when he played four minutes against South Alabama on Nov. 15.

In his third season playing for the Crimson Tide, Quinerly mainly came off the bench. Then in the postseason, he was put into the starting lineup. He began to heat up toward the end of the regular season, specifically with a 24-point performance to lead Alabama to a win over Auburn on March 1 that resulted in the Crimson Tide clinching the SEC regular-season championship.

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Quinerly reached double-digit scoring in eight of his last nine games. In the second round of the NCAA Tournament and the SEC Tournament championship, he scored 22 points in each game. Quinerly earned a spot on the All-SEC Tournament team thanks to his efforts.

Quinerly could come back for one more season if he chooses.

He played in 25 games for Villanova in 2018-19 then transferred to Alabama. He wasn't granted a waiver, though, so he had to sit out 2019-20. He has since played three seasons for the Crimson Tide, but he is granted one more season because of the COVID-19 waiver that gave all athletes an extra season if they wanted it.

While pursuing professional opportunities could make the most sense financially for him, NIL could entice him to stay for one more season. NIL opportunities have changed the game a bit because players can make money off their name, image and likeness while still in college and don't have to go pro to do so.

Alabama coach Nate Oats noted Quinerly has had bigger NIL opportunities.

"He's been able to capitalize on it now more," Oats said in February.