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Analyzing Jahvon Quinerly’s Alabama debut



I’ll be the first to say – Jahvon Quinerly just needed his opportunity to shine. He spoke with us this past summer and mentioned the freedom for playmakers to make plays in this up-tempo offense. Against Jacksonville State, he was ultra-efficient shooting 58% (7/12) from the field, while committing only one turnover in 26 minutes. He displayed great poise and helped contribute to Alabama’s blowout victory.


I'll breakdown his performance and separate some game moments into four categories:


Initiating the offense


Jahvon made everything happen on the court, providing flow to the offense and balancing the attack.


P&P action between Quinerly and Reese here. He gets his defender on his hip and causes Reese’s man to drop instead of hedging to alter the three-point attempt. An open shot nonetheless.


Alabama had countless open three-point opportunities but struggles to hit them. If you look at raw statistics, it’ll show only three assists for Jahvon, but it could’ve easily been six or seven if shots were converted. A great slip pass to Bruner here:




Combination of burst, craftiness, and decision-making


He doesn’t have the same quickness as Kira Lewis or the leaping-ability of Collin Sexton, but makes smart-decisions with the ball. A guard that shows the ability to use both of his hands around the basket and open the floor.



A great example, JQ uses his off-hand to avoid contact and finish around the large defender. The Tide can really push the pace, turning defense to offense in a hurry.



John Petty runs baseline, taking the eyes of one defender. Incredible spacing leaves the entire lane open, as Quinerly avoids the Bruner screen and attacks the rim with confidence. Nice jab puts the defender on his heals, leading to a silky-smooth finish through help-side recovery.


He is able to create offense when nothing seems viable. Love the patience. Chemistry also seems to be great between his bigs.

Willingness to shoot from outside


Jahvon was limited in his role at Villanova and his few share of threes were spot-up opportunities. A 25% clip on 1.9 attempts looked worrying at the time, but it’s important to mention roles and opportunity. He was efficient yesterday – shooting 40% from outside (2/5) with confidence.



He shows patience, stepping into this shot. Fluid release, squaring himself to the basket.




Somewhat caught me by surprise, great spot-up jumper from way beyond the line.

Defensive Consistency

Many questions surrounded the defensive from JQ. He was active and showed flashes to provide solid team-defense in the opener. Especially in this clip below – going above the initial screen. Then, slides his feet to cut-off the driving attempt from Jacksonville State, causing a travel and change of possession. Great help defense.



As a 1-on-1 defender, size will be exposed. That’s the benefit of Josh Primo and Keon Ellis, whom add extra length at the guard position.



Not the best decision to go for the steal, but John Petty gets in and forces the turnover. Relating to my previous comment.

Verdict


JQ settled in really quick and exceed most expectations. A great tune-up performance before the Maui Invitational in Asheville, NC. Efficiency will need to be carried over, as the team has to come out firing from three 35% is a reasonable target.

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