As high school season approaches for recruits across the country, many seniors are cutting their lists even further and setting up official visits, as well as in-home visits with coaching staffs.
Already with one commitment in the form of big man Darnell Brodie — who reclassified to 2018 and is taking a prep year at Florida’s Montverde Academy — Seton Hall has three open scholarships to help fill the void that is created when their big senior class moves on.
There has been a handful of recent activity involving several targets — and one former target now that big man Jake Forrester has pledged to Indiana.
Let’s take a look on a recruit-by-recruit basis.
Anthony Nelson (6’4 PG) – On the Hall’s radar since the spring, the South Kent (Conn.) south paw has a large frame, in stark contrast to current freshman Jordan Walker. Nelson could provide a bit of thunder to Walker’s lightning (Ron Dayne & Tiki Barber, anyone?), but his services aren’t absolutely necessary with sit-out transfer Quincy McKnight able to help out Walker in 2018-19.
The staff saw Nelson earlier this week and has inked an official visit for later this month, a week after his scheduled official to Dayton. Clemson, Minnesota, and West Virginia have all recently conducted in-home visits with Nelson — they round out his final five.
Emmitt Matthews Jr. (6’6 SF) – Another target who has emerged over the last few months, Washington state native Emmitt Matthews Jr. received in-home visits from Grant Billmeier along with Oregon State on Wednesday.
Seton Hall and Oregon State visiting Emmitt Matthews Jr. tonight. pic.twitter.com/Lb0svqxw4O
— WASupreme (@WASupreme) September 14, 2017
The three-star wing has also recently received visits from UConn and West Virginia, the latter of which he has a scheduled visit to next month.
Khalid Moore (6’7 SF) – Seton Hall was the first high-major to offer Archbishop Molloy (N.Y.) forward Khalid Moore when they did so just over a year ago, giving the Pirates a little bit of an edge in this recruitment.
I noted a few weeks ago how Seton Hall was trying to get the late-bloomer to visit along with his trip to Georgia Tech in late October (22-24) — and now the staff has finalized a visit to South Orange for the same weekend that Anthony Nelson will be on campus (Sept. 28-30).
Jared Rhoden (6’6 SF) – Yet another three-star small forward, Rhoden joins Matthews Jr. and Moore as recruits the staff is likely lining up as back-up plans should five-star Louis King (we’ll get to him) commit elsewhere.
Rhoden has lined up a handful of in-home visits (full list) including Seton Hall, Wichita State, Penn State, and VCU; the staff also saw him earlier this week. The New York City product’s potential suitors err on the side of mid-major compared to Matthews Jr. and of course King.
Update (9/21): King has committed to Oregon.
Louis King (6’8 SF) – Last but not least, Seton Hall has made the final five for five-star small forward Louis King of Hudson Catholic (N.J.). Oregon, Kansas, N.C. State, and Purdue join the Pirates with the Ducks having recently hosted King for an official visit as well as an in-home — the Pac-12 school appears to be the favorite at this point.