HEEEEE’S BACK! Angel Delgado will return to Seton Hall for senior year

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Following a roller coaster two weeks, star forward Angel Delgado has decided for good that he will remain at Seton Hall for his senior season.

Reports surfaced earlier this month that Delgado (15.2 ppg, 13.1 rpg) would leave his name in the NBA Draft and sign with an agent, a somewhat surprising development as it appeared much more likely he would stay for one more year since before the season ended.

In the 24 hours after the news broke, the narrative stalled and all was relatively quiet until this past Friday night with Wednesday — deadline day — looming on the horizon.

First, the same person on Twitter who had the scoop prior to the initial round of reports tweeted this. Shortly after, I heard from several different people that Angel had decided to stay. This was reaffirmed the next day and has now become official.

“I am coming back to school for my senior year,” said Angel in an official release through the school.

“This was a difficult decision that took time and patience. Coming back just feels right!”

Delgado’s decision is a massive boost to the team and will keep the Pirates in top-25 discussions during the pre-season. Kevin Willard and his staff would have been left scrambling to fill the massive rift at center had Angel opted to turn pro.

  • Hallbuster

    Yes!!!! So glad to have you back Angel! And beyond my own selfishness I think u made the right decision for yourself. Now kick some butt and show all the haters how good u really are! #2018firstrounder

    • LBP

      Well written Hallbuster–going to be a very interesting year for our Pirates

  • Matty P

    Now everyone can exhale after holding their breath for the past couple weeks. I certainly hope that he gets the recognition that he deserves this season. Now that this has been decided I hope the team goes after Geno Thorpe to bring in another PG. While I think Walker will be a good player I would feel much more comfortable with a team full of seniors to be led by an experienced PG.

    On another note how fun would it have been if the Big 10 and Big East could have matched up SHU and Purdue (if Swannigan decides to come back).

  • Andrew Herbst

    I’m so happy Angel’s back. I think he will have a great year. I could see him being 1st team BE and possibly BE Player of the Year. I still hope we get an experienced PG like Thorpe to help Angel and the other big men. I don’t want to push too much pressure on Walker as a freshman.

    • Thorpe is out. As I wrote elsewhere, sounded more like he was option if Angel left.

      • Andrew Herbst

        Ok thanks. Hope we can still get a PG

        • I don’t think there’s many options out there worth exploring. Prepare for Carrington/Walker.

          • Andrew Herbst

            Ok thanks. I think Khadeem will improve from last year

  • Matt

    We’re gonna be dirty next year.

  • Louie Dee

    Iā€™m always a few minutes late to every game. But senior night Iā€™ll be there early to support you Angel!

  • Joseph Attanasi

    Best news I’ve heard in awhile. Everything appears to be falling into place. Landing Thorpe would be the final piece. With a monster senior season, Angel will go down as one of the all-time Seton Hall greats.

    • From what I heard, SH could have had him up front, but sounds like they only wanted him if Angel left. There’s still room and a need, but this ship has sailed.

      • Matty P

        Interesting to think that they would have only wanted him if Angel left. Would’ve thought he would be more valuable with Angel still around.

        • Obviously not a like-for-like replacement, with the logic being that SH goes a bit smaller w/o Angel; grabbing Thorpe and switching things up >>> reaching for a low quality center.

  • Jersey Jerry

    GR8 news ~ think it will be a different outcome this season when we start
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/facb848e8f2d671a489f487087e9d38888ad7686836b7468de303e5f0880ed5d.jpg

  • LBP

    NBC Sports just put Hall back as pre-season # 17– funny what a returning Angel will do šŸ™‚ together with having a Senior Class with three 1K plus scoreers

    • Matty P

      Now it’s up to Willard and the coaching staff to make sure these guys achieve that goal and get a couple wins in the tournament.

  • PadrePirate

    Amen. The 2017-18 team looks very strong. Cale, Walker, and Mamu give us some new weapons and potential for different offensive looks. Not sure how the newcomers will play on D. If Angel can replicate his 2016-17 performance and improve on a few points (like FTs, elbow jumper, etc) he will put himself in the best possible position for a professional career (with a diploma for life after bball). A 20+ win reg season with a couple of tourney victories would propel both the program and our graduating seniors one BIG step forward. GO HALL!!!

    It remains to see if we will use that last scholly for a grad transfer PG or invest in a red-shirt for the future. Apparently, that “odd couple” transfer package (UMass) is now off the table.

    • Was always excited about Cale, Walker, and Mamu, but it’s more relaxing to know they can find their way without the pressure of replacing 10+ PPG/RPG.

      I think my pre-season poll of top freshman will be a lot closer than last fall’s…

      • LBP

        Not trying to influence, but….. Cale is a very special talent

        • hallstorm

          Slater is 2018 though. He isn’t this season.

          • LBP

            Sent remotely.

          • hallstorm

            Well, I’m hoping they can fill their backcourt with Slater and maybe Weaver so as to leave the Hudson Catholic and Carey alone. I have no idea how many scholly’s they have open for ’18.

          • LBP

            hallstorm–
            Altho Fishjam has a better understanding, I believe that Nova has inside track on Reddish and Quinerly ( Jahvon Quinerly is an awesome talent) and the Hall has inside track on Louis King and I have heard that J Carey is liking Notre Dame.

          • hallstorm

            It’s my understanding that Redsish loves Duke and King puts a lot of significance on a Kentucky offer, but these are 17 year old kids. Quinerly has always liked Villanova, but if Nova lands another point guard because they don’t want to wait on Quinerly, maybe things change. I know Brey put the full court press on Carey in April, but Notre Dame just signed Prentiss Hubb so I don’t know if that creates a jam for them there.

            Some kids are wowed by Blue blood schools and others reward longevity by a coach (see our loss to Richard Pitino with Isaiah Washington).

            Truth is, you just never know until they make a decision

          • Fishjam

            I think Carey is our most realistic get of the highly ranked 2018s. King supposedly is linked to us but I don’t feel confident especially with him saying he wants to wait til next Spring to decide and mentioning everyone but SH in recent interviews.

            JQ seems destined to replace Brunson at Nova and I believe Naz will eventually get offered by Kentucky. Not as highly regarded but improving this Spring for the Playaz is Valdir Manuel. We are front runners for him.

    • Matty P

      If Delgado can raise his FT percentage by a couple points, at least to 60% and hit an elbow jumper at a consistent enough rate that people need to guard it then he’ll be in good shape offensively. Personally I think Delgado is going to get at least 1 triple double, if not a couple this season thanks to the improved shooting that’s going to be around him on the floor.

  • Matt

    I love that this freshman class gets the opportunity to develop under the seniors. Hopefully by the time that these guys graduate, they will be seasoned enough to take the team over. If we can land Louis King and Jalen Carey next year, we are golden. Those kids are great.

    • Matty P

      It’s certainly a great opportunity for the program. After so many years with no players with NCAA tournament experience it would be nice to have players on the team that know what it takes to get to the tournament after this group of seniors graduate.

      • PadrePirate

        The goal this year should be BET + Sweet Sixteen…and beat Louisville at home by 10 for Coach Willard šŸ™‚

  • SHU95

    Thrilled that AD is back and on his own terms. SHU has had a VERY good off season despite Duval going to Duke. If the team is now Set, I think we are positioned well with the Seniors, Nzei/Powell, and some freshmen that can contribute. We Have Size, depth, Athleticism, shooters, and defenders. The only question mark in my mind is how Quickly Walker can Develop. Though KC can play the point in spurts, he is better and better served for the team playing off the ball. Depth or a little more ‘help’ at PG & insurance for an injury is really the last thing here. If I were Eron Gordon & I were interested in getting into the mix, I would be working HARD with my NBA brother on becoming a capable option to take minutes at PG. I think he can do it if he wants it bad enough. Otherwise, the log jam at 2 guard seemingly crowded next year & beyond….

    • Jason

      I think by the end of the season it will be hard to keep Walker off the court. He’s a natural PG which we need in a team with so many scoring options. It’s a luxury to have KC starting so you don’t have to throw him to the wolves. Barring injury, I expect our second unit to be killing teams by the end of the season and Walker closing out games at the point because of his handle and FT shooting.

  • 1968_bills_fan

    Out Fxxxing Standing !!!! Whooopieee

  • Matty P

    So looking towards the beginning of the season and the assumption that there are no more roster changes does the starting lineup look like Carrington – Powell – Desi – Ish – Delgado. Certainly would be plenty of scoring options with that lineup, but might have trouble handling pressure.

  • Matt

    Exhale everyone ! I thinka grad transfer for 1 year Guard would always help if the ship is still open.

  • PadrePirate

    I got the impression (from posts right after Walker’s commit) that KW did NOT want to bring in a PG grad transfer. Despite the obvious advantages of leaving KC at his natural position and giving JW a low-pressure first year, adding another piece like Thorpe, expecting big minutes, would create a log jam. It’s a good problem to have, and injuries do happen, but my guess is that KW will not use the last scholly on a PG transfer.

    Right now, we’re looking at: 1.) KC/Walker; 2.) Powell/Cale/KC; 3.) Desi/Mamu; 4.) Ish/Nzei; 5.) Angel/Brodie/Romaro. Pretty solid. Excited to see how they will gel together.

    • Jason

      Don’t forget Gordon is still in the mix. Although, he may never be a starter I’d like him to show some development and turn into a contributor when the seniors graduate.

      • shufaninva

        And with his pedigree, you really never know. Late bloomers are great surprises. If he puts in the work….who knows?

      • PadrePirate

        True that. Totally forgot about Gordon, because we didn’t see much of him this past season. With that roster, he’s going to have to make big strides if he wants to earn some court time.

  • hallstorm

    I don’t know where the staff is going to go this year–if at all–for the final scholarship. Chris, I see you mentioned on your twitter account that Wiliard wants to allocate this ‘ship for the ’18 kids he’s hot after. Wouldn’t Thorpe’s occupation of a scholarship (or any graduate transfer) free up anyhow next season?

    I can see not wasting a scholarship for 4 years on an incoming kid, but not a graduate transfer of a year.

  • shufaninva

    This makes that trip to Louisville super exciting. Willard, against his mentor, after building a team that Pitino himself told him he might never be able to do at SH. That one will be great. Delgado and the other seniors will be determined to try to get the W for coach.

  • fouline

    Reality set in. Good for him. Good for the program/fans/reality.

  • hallstorm

    I know there is no evidence that the staff is recruiting Waters–is this still a zero percent chance given the Big East rules on players decommitting from a Big East school to commit to another Big East program?

    • shufaninva

      I didn’t know that was a rule. If you didn’t sign anywhere, how can they put restrictions on you?

      • hallstorm

        Once you sign a National Letter of Intent to play at a school, it becomes a binding contract and commitment both to the school and the player. The Big East has, since early on (I’m not sure when it actually started) not allowed committed players to transfer or agree to play within the conference. I believe it also extends to transfers too.

        I do not know of any player that has played for two schools within the Big East Conference ever, but I could be wrong. I don’t know how the conference dealt with it during expansion with Miami, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Marquette, DePaul, Rutgers, Butler, Xavier and Creighton though.

        • shufaninva

          Well I figured that rule. That makes a lot of sense. What I was thinking was that your first post said decommitting, which I figured meant backing out of a verbal vs a signing.

          • hallstorm

            I thought decommitting also meant the reneging of signing of an NLI, but I could be wrong. In any event, he signed his NLI with Georgetown and needed their permission to be released from it (which they did in pretty quick fashion). Once he signed there, he is considered a commitment to that school and thus cannot go to any other school within the conference.

            I know he has said he has interest in us and Creighton, but I’m not sure he realizes that he can’t sign within the normal rules. I was just checking with Chris to see if Waters could (or already has) get (gotten) a special waiver or something to be able to play with another school in the Big East (and maybe that’s why he has us and Creighton therefore listed as potentials). Does that make sense?

          • shufaninva

            Yea I got ya now haha. Just was hoping that a verbal doesn’t lock you in since the school can still technically say no until you sign.

  • VinBick

    Angel made a wise decision by staying at the Hall for his senior year. This should be one powerful, top ten contender all season long. From game one at the Rock, fan base should be packing the place to support our best team in many moons. No excuses for not being there if one is “True Blue” for Seton Hall. Students, alumni, and college b’ball junkies will be treated to some exceptional games played by the experienced seniors and the new pups that have come on-board to strengthen the Pirate ship.

  • Marklemore84

    Smart Decision… From likely going undrafted to preseason First Team All-American (in NBC’s eyes at least) http://collegebasketball.nbcsports.com/2017/05/25/nbc-sports-2017-18-college-basketball-preseason-all-american-team/

  • VinBick

    Just about five months to the start of a highly anticipated Pirate season. I remember well the PJ years at the Meadowlands and this is the year for the Hall to return to national prominence.

  • Andrew Herbst
    • hallstorm

      I saw that earlier today–they didn’t even mention Cale in the recruiting class either!

      • Andrew Herbst

        He was snubbed. But I like what they said about Walker and even Gill

        • As RonD wrote above, Zach’s article is about the spring period.

          • Andrew Herbst

            Thanks Chris

    • RonD

      The article was about our Spring signings. Cale came on board in March, 2016. But yeah, a mention of him would have completed the picture.

      • Andrew Herbst

        Thanks.