Alabama Basketball Returns Second-Leading Scorer
Despite announcing that he'd played his final college game after Alabama's Round 1 loss in the 2022 NCAA tournament, 6-foot-1 guard Jahvon Quinerly decided to return to the Tide for his senior season in 2022-2023 in a post via Twitter on Saturday evening.
There had been rumors circulating about his return in the last couple of weeks, but the Crimson Tide's second-leading scorer decided to clear up any questions with a Tweet saying, "I’ll keep it short and simple. I’m coming back. #RTR."
A few hours later, he posted a picture of himself after Alabama's SEC tournament win with the caption reading, "Need another one of these before I go."
Quinerly has made 34 starts and 63 appearances in crimson since transferring out of Villanova in 2019. He was the Tide's second-leading scorer in 2021-2022 with 13.8 points per game and finished second in total assists for the season (137).
His veteran leadership will be needed in the locker room as there are currently six confirmed departures after the underwhelming 19-14 season. Two more, Keon Ambrose-Hylton and Alex Tchikou, still remain undecided in the transfer portal.
Guards JD Davison, Keon Ellis and Jaden Shackelford have all declared for the 2022 NBA Draft, leaving the Tide fairly thin when it comes to experienced perimeter players.
The only other returning guard, sophomore Texas Tech transfer Nimari Burnett, missed all of the 2021-2022 season recovering from surgery on his ACL.
Alabama's guard depth should get some help in the form of junior transfer guard Mark Sears out of Ohio. Sears was a finalist for the Lou Henson Award denoting the nation's best player from a mid-major school and averaged 41% from behind the arc.
The 2022 freshman class, however, includes five-star 6-foot-3 guard Jaden Bradley and four-star 6-foot-5 guard Rylan Griffen who, with the program's departures, can both can expect time early if they're ready.