Greenville, S.C. — Angel Delgado’s future at Seton Hall remains in flux as the nation’s leading rebounder refused to commit either way after losing to Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
In a somewhat deja vous moment after Isaiah Whitehead failed to reveal his more-obvious hand in Denver a year ago, Delgado was quiet about what the future holds after a breakout 2016-17 season that finally attracted national attention following 27 double-doubles and a near triple-double in the Big East Tournament.
“I don’t think about it yet. I’m going to sit down with my family to see what I can do,” said the Dominican native before being pressed for an answer.
“I really don’t know, I don’t know. I really don’t know what I want to do, I need to talk to my family and my coaches.”
For whatever it’s worth, Angel was a lot more calm and composed sitting in front of his locker compared to a dejected Whitehead, who wore a towel around his neck and his emotions on his sleeve in Denver.
A departure would leave a gaping hole in Seton Hall’s front line while it would also mark the second consecutive huge subtraction from their nationally-ranked 2014 recruiting class.
After what I’ve heard from multiple outlets as of a week ago, Delgado is leaning toward staying in South Orange, but the overseas offers have been there for at least a year now and mid-season judgement must be taken with a grain of salt.
While he can leave to play professionally overseas tomorrow, Delgado’s NBA prospects aren’t anywhere close to what Whitehead’s were last March, likely due to his limited athletic upside.
“That’s his decision, I’m going to support whatever he wants to do. At the end of the day, you’re not going to be in college forever, so I support whatever he does,” said Khadeen Carrington of his starting center.
“Of course I want it. I came in with these guys, these guys are my brothers,” he continued after being asked about the next-year potential of keeping the 2014 class together.
Adding a highly-rated point guard, maybe top-recruit Trevon Duval, would make Seton Hall an instant second weekend team.
“Of course I want to finish it off with them, but at the end of the day it’s those guys decisions, and I can’t make the decision for them … I’ll give everybody time and I’ll talk to everybody. [I] Just [want to] let the wounds heal.”
Not a minute went by after those words left Carrington’s lips before Delgado came over and embraced him for a few powerful seconds.
Much like his fist-bumps of the entire bench — including the Pirate mascot — every time he exits the game, Delgado then gave loud, forceful handshakes and embraced every one of his teammates before heading out of Seton Hall’s locker room with them.
Perhaps for the last time.