Jordan Walker may stay at Seton Hall

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Yes, you are reading the headline right: Jordan Walker’s story at Seton Hall may not be done yet. It’s as equal a plot twist as the one you read yesterday stating he is done as a Pirate.

A few hours after discussing a short list of not-so-endearing reasons regarding why Jordan Walker is done at Seton Hall with people who would know, social media started to chatter that the shocking decision — reported by several outlets — was not yet a done deal.

Then I received this tweet. Apparently the final decision will be made today. Gotta love college sports drama, right?

Still, at very best this is a worrying tremor. Of course it’s expected that a freshman athlete transitioning to the college lifestyle at a high-major program will have growing pains, but leaving the program abruptly as a result is surely a knee-jerk response.

And disagreements with a senior coaching staff plus academic issues just three months into a four-year ride are more important to many than an assist-to-turnover ratio.

But people forgive and forget, and freshmen mature, so let’s see what the next plot twist brings.

  • Andrew Herbst

    This has been a crazy story. Will be interesting to see how it all works out.

  • 11yearplan

    Chris: Your last line said it best. This is the news I hoped for when the story broke last night. The kid has talent and seemed to be supporting the team while he was on the bench in the cast. Hopefully it all works out and the kid sees playing time tonight.

    As always your coverage of the team has been great and we all really appreciate it.

    • Coach Mike

      Looking forward to next story and well done Chris.

  • Joe Schmoe

    There is no such thing as a “four year ride”. D1 Scholarships are one year renewable contracts. Schools have until 7/1 to inform a player if they are returning or not.

  • SHU95

    I figured more would come out, and there may still be more to come. I hope one of our seniors, for some reason I am thinking Ish, pulls him aside. The seemingly knee jerk reaction will cost him this year & next. He will not improve by not playing basketball. He has an amazing opportunity at a High major program that is on an upward trend. I also recall his parents being highly present during the recruiting process. Hopefully, they are involved too in a rational capacity. I would hate to see a Kid (at any program) blow an opportunity like the one he has. Hope to see him out there this evening…

  • Matty P

    This story seems to have a lot of twists. Something didn’t feel right to me last night when I first saw this story. Between his HS coach’s comments mentioning how much he talked about SHU to his excitement on the sideline while he was injured to even his twitter account where he retweeted Myles Cale’s tweet from Monday and has his profile pic of him from SHU picture day.

    • shu_92

      Just throwing out a wild guess: Maybe tempers flared at practice by bringing up his minutes with the coaching staff and he didn’t like the response. This caused him to overreact in the moment and threaten to quit. After he cooled down he realized he made a mistake.

      I say this with zero knowledge of the situation but as a former 18 year old kid.

      • Matty P

        It’s certainly a possibility. Could have just gotten really emotional and decided to leave campus. Then once everything settled down he determined that it wasn’t what he really wanted to happen.

    • Joe Schmoe

      I think the 24/7 news cycle is now more like sec to sec reporting in the rush to be the “first to report”.

      • Matty P

        That’s the thing with twitter now. Everyone wants to break the story instead of the focus being on accuracy. So if someone breaks the story and it’s not accurate they don’t get remembered for something being inaccurate, but instead for being the person who is able to get things out there quickly.

  • Ardy

    It seems like a quick decision. Even if leaves he can’t play anywhere else this year. He might as well play the year out. I hope he talks to some wise people and give the Hall an honest try and if it is not for him then it is not. You can’t hold onto someone who wants to leave you.

    • Joe Schmoe

      Not true, if he enrolls at another school in January he can play the following late December ’18. The sit out rule is two full semesters if he plays the year out, he couldn’t play until November of ’19.

      • Ardy

        well if that is his plan it was well planned.

        • Joe Schmoe

          any player who transfers must sit out two semesters. if they leave after the fall semester, and enroll at a new school for the spring, they can play after the following fall semester is in the books. It looks like its all moot anyway, as a source close to the team confirms that walker will be suited up for tonights wagner game.

          • Ardy

            Good info.Thanks

  • Louie Dee

    Lol

    “Ego trip: a journey to nowhere.”

  • Jason

    I hope he stays, gets minutes and balls out.

  • kjs2009

    hope he stays, but there should be low tolerance for this type of behavior.

  • fouline

    Not surprising. College/pro sports is loaded with massive egos. These players have been spoiled by parents/high school/AAU/college coaches. And it shows in the quality of play. If he wants to leave… don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. Send a message Willard.

    • Joe Schmoe

      Every kid is a winner and a #1 draft pick.

    • VinBick

      You are never “foul” when commenting here. Your take is typically appropriate when assessing all matters related to our b’ball program. The kid must be taught that it is the TEAM that matters. That is who the alumni and fan base in general are cheering for year after year. We love our players when they contribute to the program as responsible students and players. If new guys do not buy into the coaching staff’s rules and regulations that are established for the good of the team, bye, bye.

      Desi posted “FAMILY” on twitter which says it all. Unselfish teamwork will carry this team to great accomplishments.

      • fouline

        Vin, the upside of all of this is that our recruiting is doing so well that we have a players anxiously waiting to get in the games. That’s coming a long way from the days when we had no bench at all and we’d die a 1000 deaths when a substitution or injury had to be made.

        • VinBick

          Charity Stripe , just last year we were in that kind of sinking ship with most of the subs. This much improved bench is a true sign of a program on the rising tide!

          When the coaches are on the recruiting trail, they are visiting kids’ homes with a much better situation to offer talented, solid student-athletes than in the past at the Hall. More success will attract the good local kids.

  • PadrePirate

    Probably best to leave the “ego” accusations aside. He’s only 18. I did some pretty stupid and impulsive stuff at that age and really benefited from older mentors who stuck with me and helped me to learn. I’m not making excuses for the kid, but we really don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes. It can only do him good to stick this out and welcome the opportunity he’s got here.

    • Matty P

      As you mentioned maybe he needs that more experienced player to take him under their wings to help guide him. The two guys I imagine might be either Carrington or Sanogo. I would say Carrington since he’s a senior guard who has seen this program take a downward spiral and has been willing to put himself in uncomfortable situations for the team. While Sanogo struggled to get playing time his freshman year due to more experienced players and decided to stay with the program instead of leaving due to minimal playing time.

  • Ardy

    As was mentioned in my previous post when it was said that JW was making demands coming in the door that he wanted to start I knew it could be potential problems. If it is handled right this could be a great teaching moment. If he did it for the publicity it was kinda smart.

  • PadrePirate

    Almost forgot we’ve got a ball-game tonight. Enjoy gents. Will be interesting to see if JW gets any minutes, or if the staff chooses to keep Gordon as #2 backup…

    • ThePirateFan

      I hope they don’t play him. If he reacts negatively again he’s easy to let go.

  • ThePirateFan

    If he wants to go, let him. The red flags have been there before and are now resurfacing. He is not nearly talented enough to be worth having around if drama will follow him. A scholarship opening from an unproven player/team headache wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

  • LBP

    Program has come a long way , when the tantrums of a Frosh gains National Media.:-)

  • LBP

    Kinda sad that I am less than pleased by what I saw even tho Hall is up 14 at half. The D is disjointed and too much one on one

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