Hackensack's own Jahvon Quinerly has been selected for the prestigious McDonald's All American Game, an honor previously bestowed upon NBA superstars like Michael Jordan, LeBron James and many of the game's all time greats. Ranked as the number 26 prospect in the nation by Rivals, Quinerly plays point guard for Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City and grew up playing in Hackensack's recreation leagues.
“It’s just an honor to be able to play in this game,” Quinerly told USA Today Sports. “It just lets you know that all of the hard work that you’ve put in wasn’t for nothing and not being able to live like a normal 18 year old wasn’t for nothing. It brought tears to me eyes because it just means a lot.”
The McDonald's All American game will be held on Wednesday, March 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., and will be televised live on ESPN.
"I've known Jahvon since he was a kid and watched him work so hard to develop into not just a great player, but a great young man too," said Hackensack Deputy Mayor Dave Sims, who coached Quinerly in the city's Junior Basketball program. "Jahvon is showing that dreams really do come true."
Quinerly will be joined in the game by Hudson Catholic teammate and fellow top recruit Louis King, as well as Naz Reid of Roselle Catholic, giving New Jersey three players in the hallowed McDonald's game for the first time. Consensus top recruits R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson will also appear in the game.
A six-foot, 165 pound point guard, Quinerly has drawn interest from several college basketball powerhouses including Kansas, Villanova, Stanford and several others. Quinerly was named the 2016-2017 Gatorade New Jersey High School Player of the Year last year, and he has also won accolades as a student-athlete with membership in the National Honor Society and a history of volunteerism and giving back to the community.