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Jahvon Quinerly hires attorney after FBI investigation, remains committed to Arizona ‘for now’
Jahvon Quinerly has hired an attorney to represent him in the college basketball bribery scandal and says he remains committed to Arizona “for now.”
The Hudson (N.J.) Catholic and Sports U point guard told reporters at the USA Basketball minicamp in Colorado Springs, Colo., that he has hired attorney Alan Millstein — who in 2004 represented onetime Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett – to represent him in the bribery case.
Quinerly also told ESPN he has not been contacted by federal authorities in the case.
Asked if he had accepted money, he told ESPN, “I have no comment.”
Quinerly further said he remains committed to Arizona “for now.”
He said he hasn’t spoken with Arizona assistant Book Richardson — who has a Tuesday court date in New York City — but has talked to Arizona head coach Sean Miller.
“He was upset as well,” Quinerly told ESPN. “We had a brief conversation, and it was about just me becoming the best player I can be for this high school season and being ready for the next level.”
Newspapers in Arizona and New York have already mentioned Quinerly, who turns 19 in November, in connection with the U.S. Department of Justice investigation that resulted in the arrest last Tuesday of four high-profile college basketball assistants, including Richardson.
“How do we know it’s Quinerly?,” Arizona Daily star beat writer Bruce Pascoe wrote. “The document reported that Richardson took a total of $20,000 in bribes and gave most of it to a ‘top point guard’ who committed ‘around three days’ before Aug. 11. Quinerly, a five-star point guard, announced on ESPNU on Aug. 8 that he would play for to Arizona.”
It remains unclear how Quinerly’s high school eligibility will be effected by the case. Hudson Catholic — which also features Ohio State commit Luther Muhammad and Oregon commit Louis King — is considered a favorite to win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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