Vil­lanova gets ver­bal com­mit­ment from Quin­erly

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Terry Toohey ttoohey@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Ter­ryToohey on Twit­ter

Point guard Jahvon Quin­erly, a McDon­ald’s All-Amer­i­can who with­drew a ver­bal com­mit­ment to Ari­zona fol­low­ing an FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a cor­rup­tion scan­dal that rocked col­lege basketball last Septem­ber and led to the ar­rests of four as­sis­tant coaches, in­clud­ing the one who re­port­edly re­cruited him to Ari­zona, an­nounced his in­ten­tion to at­tend Vil­lanova Wed­nes­day.

Quin­erly, a se­nior at Hud­son Catholic in Jersey City, N,J., made his an­nounce­ment in a 41-sec­ond video on Twit­ter ti­tled “Dreams Do Come True.”

“I will be at­tend­ing Vil­lanova Univer­sity,” Quin­erly said in the video. “Nova Na­tion, stand up.”

Quin­erly orig­i­nally com­mit­ted to Ari­zona in Au­gust and then re­tracted that com­mit­ment in Oc­to­ber in the wake of the fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion that re­sulted in in­dict­ments against 10 peo­ple in­clud­ing for­mer as­sis­tant coaches Emanuel “Book” Richard­son (Ari­zona), Chuck Per­son (Auburn), Lamont Evans (Ok­la­homa State) and Tony Bland (USC).

Richard­son in the man who re­cruited Quin­erly to Ari­zona, ac­cord­ing to pub­lished re­ports. Richard­son was put on paid leave Sept. 26, in­dicted by a fed­eral grand jury on sev­eral crim­i­nal charges in­clud­ing con­spir­acy to com­mit bribery and wire fraud in Novem­ber and fired Jan. 11, per re­ports.

Ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments in the case, “(Un­der­cover Agent)-1, work­ing with Chris­tian Dawkins and Mu­n­ish Sood, the de­fen­dants, paid and/or fa­cil­i­tated the pay­ment of $20,000 in bribes to Emanuel Richard­son, a/k/a ‘Book,’ the de­fen­dant, some of which Richard­son ap­pears to have kept for him­self and some of which he ap­pears to have pro­vided to at least one prospec­tive high school basketball player (‘Player-5’) in or­der to re­cruit Player-5 to play for Univer­sity-4. In ex­change for the bribe pay­ments, Richard­son agreed to use his in­flu­ence over the stu­dent-ath­letes he coached to pres­sure them to re­tain Dawkins and Sood as a man­ager and fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor, re­spec­tively.”

Those doc­u­ments al­lege that a $15,000 pay­ment went to Player 5, “who ver­bally com­mit­ted to at­tend” Ari­zona “on or about Aug. 9, 2017.” Quin­erly com­mit­ted to Ari­zona Aug. 8. Quin­erly was not iden­tify by name in the in­dict­ment it is un­clear if he ev­ery re­ceived any money.

Quin­erly’s fam­ily hired an at­tor­ney and he has not com­mented on the mat­ter. At a USA Basketball event last Oc­to­ber, Quin­erly did say that nei­ther he nor his fam­ily had heard from fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors, Ya­hoo Sports re­ported.

Ya­hoo Sports also re­ported that Vil­lanova hired an out­side law firm to ex­am­ine the case af­ter Quin­erly’s fam­ily reached out to the staff af­ter the fed­eral probe be­came pub­lic.

“Based on the in­for­ma­tion they have and the due dili­gence that they did, they think he’s got a very good chance to play,” a source with knowl­edge of the re­cruit­ment told Ya­hoo Sports.

Un­der NCAA reg­u­la­tions, Vil­lanova coach Jay Wright and his staff is for­bid­den from talk­ing about re­cruits un­til they sign a na­tional let­ter of in­tent. The next sign­ing pe­riod be­gins April 11.

“All I can say is that we are re­cruit­ing him,” Vil­lanova ath­letic di­rec­tor Mark Jackson said when reached by phone.

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