Alabama Basketball Adds Quinerly as a Walk-on
Jaden Quinerly, brother of Alabama basketball's Jahvon Quinerly, will be joining the Crimson Tide as a walk-on this season.
According to Bamahoops.com, Quinerly averaged 13 PPG in his senior season. In addition to be named to the 1st Team All Jamboree team, he also finished top-five in the state of New Jersey in recorded steals for the season.
Although Quinerly might not have the talent and recruitment hype that his five-star brother had, he's still got some impressive game. One thing that separates him from the rest of the pack, is his determination and work ethic.
This work ethic was on display when Quinerly led his team to a quarterfinals victory over Paramus Catholic.
Before the game started, he told NJ.com, “I’m trying to do something with this team that they’ve never done before. These guys are my brothers. I think that we have a real chance at winning this. I think that everybody is pretty even, but my team plays the hardest. I’m willing to go to war for these guys.”
Alabama Men’s Basketball has had a pretty rich history of successful walk-ons, including a current coach on the roster: Antoine Pettway
Pettaway has been the assistant coach for the last five years, but he was also integral part of Alabama’s NCAA quarterfinal run in 2004. Pettway started his career his Alabama career as a capstone walk-on, before earning an athletic scholarship for his sophomore season.
Although it's highly important to recruit top tier players, walk-ons can be just as crucial to a teams overall success.