Alabama coach Nate Oats has clarified an obvious slight in direction of former guard Jahvon Quinerly whereas talking at SEC Media Day. Bragging about new level guard Aaron Estrada, Oats mentioned the Crimson Tide are higher as a crew “when you do not have to beg your level guard to deliver effort every single day.”
The remark was seen as a jab to Quinerly, who transferred to Memphis, however Oats informed the Tuscaloosa News he has “All love for JQ.” Relatively, Oats meant to pump up Estrada, a attainable switch portal standout from Hofstra.
“Was simply making an attempt to pump up our PG this yr and the way good he is been,” Oats mentioned. “We had an ideal run with JQ. We have been the No. 1 crew within the nation with him. He helped elevate our program to unprecedented heights right here.”
Quinerly spent 4 years at Alabama after initially signing with Villanova as a five-star recruit. In three full seasons, he averaged 11.7 factors, 3.7 assists and shot 34.7% from 3-point vary. He was part of 76 wins and two Candy 16 appearances. It is arduous to argue with the outcomes of Quinerly as the first level guard. Although it is practically as troublesome to construe Oats’ feedback as something apart from a veiled shot at an outgoing star, Oats clearly has taken a liking to Estrada.
“He is assimilated nice,” Oats said at the SEC Media Day. “He is an unbelievable child. Nice chief. Performs arduous. One of many hardest working guys I’ve ever been round. … Final week, he had sooner or later he went 10 of 15 from 3 sooner or later. He isn’t going to try this every single day. However he’s going to play arduous and he’ll deliver all the things he is acquired every single day. I feel that makes us so much higher as a crew when you do not have to beg your level guard to deliver effort every single day, between him and Sears … Wrightsell too. I feel all three of these guys are every single day guys who simply deliver it every single day.”