Newark East Side (N.J.) center Darnell Brodie is the latest outgoing Seton Hall transfer, joining Taurean Thompson.
After nearly transferring following his freshman season, Brodie is the second reserve forward on Seton Hall’s roster to leave in the last couple weeks, having played in just three games his sophomore year.
The departure brings the team’s current scholarship count to ten, with two open spots for next season; the 13th and final spot is docked for 2020-21 due to recruiting violations stemming from Thompson’s transfer from Syracuse.
These past two years has been amazing. I want to thank all students and staff for making my two years memorable. Thank you to all the coaches, managers and teammates. After talking to my family I decided to do what’s best for me and continue to explore my options🦍🙏🏽
— Brodie (@BIG__BRODIE) March 25, 2020
Unfortunately, Brodie’s most memorable impact in South Orange wasn’t on the court, but his wild reaction to Myles Cale’s game-winning shot against Kentucky during the 2018-19 season.
Here is how Seton Hall’s ten-man depth chart roughly looks going into next season, with more movement expected as the transfer market heats up.
Point guard: Anthony Nelson/Jahari Long/Shavar Reynolds Jr.
Two-guard: Takal Molson/Myles Cale
Small forward: Jared Rhoden/Dimingus Stevens
Power forward: Sandro/Tyrese Samuel
Center: Ike Obiagu
It’s clear that the staff is keen on adding more immediately eligible back-court talent based on their list of transfer targets, but it’s perhaps a bit surprising that there aren’t a few linked post forwards given Thompson and Brodie’s transfers could be predicted months ago.
While it’s possible to see Sandro take it to the next level and develop a significant post game, and/or Samuel shift to the five behind Obiagu to give a dynamic look, it’s also a far cry from the raw depth this year’s team was able to roll out.
Yale’s Jordan Bruner (10.9, 9.2r), Quinnipiac’s Kevin Marfo (10.2p, 13.3r), Columbia’s Patrick Tape (11.3p, 5.9r), and Loyola Marymount’s 7’3 Mattias Markusson (10.2p, 6.3r) seem to be the top choices as far as immediately eligible big men go, with Marfo and Bruner the cream of the crop.
If Marfo’s name sounds familiar, the former Bergen Catholic (N.J.) player popped up on Seton Hall’s radar and visited campus after transferring from George Washington but the Brooklyn native doesn’t have Seton Hall on his list.
It doesn’t seem like there are any strong links to remaining 2020 players, but Seton Hall was recruiting three-star center Josh Gray as of last September and 2021 forward Adama Sanogo (Patrick School, N.J.) has an outside shot of reclassifying to 2020.
As far as incoming commits go, three-star Jahari Long is billed as an athletic 6’3 point guard that may be Kevin Willard’s next diamond in the rough, whereas three-star Dimingus Stevens is certainly a wing that can shoot it from distance, who may not make an immediate impact due to depth at the two- and three-spots next year.
If there’s one thing to be sure of, it’s that there will be a ton more recruiting news to cover as the off-season continues. Stay tuned.