Quinerly Coming Into his Own Down The Stretch
Sophomore guard, Jahvon Quinerly played a big part in Alabama Basketball's 82-78 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores. Scoring 16 points and providing a spark that was much needed on offense.
Quinerly transferred to Alabama from Vilanova after he was unable to find a groove during his freshman year. Unfortunately, the 2018 McDonald's All-American had his waiver denied by the NCAA and had to sit for the 2019-2020 season.
In his first year on the court with the Crimson Tide, Quinerly is averaging 11.5 points and shooting 46.7% on the year, but has really put his foot on the gas of late. Since the Oklahoma game where he played 13 minutes and didn't score a single point, Quinerly has had five straight double-digit scoring games.
His season-high came on December 29, where he scored 24 points against the Ole Miss Rebels.
After Alabama's win against the Missouri Tigers, Quinerly spoke with AL.com about how he's dealt with the transition to Tuscaloosa.
“I kind of feel like it’s like my true freshman year, you know with the little walls and I’m hitting that, you know like, like guys like freshmen would usually hit. And, you know I’m just trying to stay positive. Just keep, keep a positive mindset. And just keep working hard and practice and, you know, bring positive energy to the game and things of that nature”, said Quinerly.
Oats himself also had some kind words to say about Jahvon "Jelly" Quinerly.
"You talk about pass, dribble, and shoot, you know maybe the most skilled kid on the team. We’ve just got to get him to play both sides of the ball locked down and focused on every, every possession on both sides of the ball for every time he’s in the game", said Oats.
If Quinerly can continue to perform at the level that he's been playing at the last few months, then this team has a very good chance at winning an SEC Championship.
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