Although it may seem like the middle of the college hoops off-season, Seton Hall’s coaching staff has been busy on the recruiting trails over the past few weeks.
With AAU’s July ‘live’ recruiting period just around the corner, coaching staffs around the country are using the month of June to home in on rising seniors and juniors while bringing some on campus for unofficial visits — which is prohibited by the NCAA during the entire month of July for unsigned recruits.
Currently in a ‘quiet’ recruiting period — which just means off-campus scouting is not allowed — Seton Hall’s staff has handed out a few new offers and has brought a handful of recruits onto their largely vacant campus.
In what can be considered the most nationally-relevant piece of news, Seton Hall has outlasted St. John’s and Rutgers to make the final seven for Roselle Catholic’s top-15 center Naz Reid. Now set to compete with the who’s who of college basketball, Seton Hall is faced with a Trevon Duval-like scenario as it is thought Reid strongly prefers Kentucky — despite their lack of a scholarship offer.
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A week before they made the cut for Reid, Seton Hall extended an offer to a new face in 2018 forward Ian Steere of Wesleyan Christian Academy, N.C.
A 3.5-star prospect, Steere has received offers from the likes of Georgia, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, UConn, Pitt, and Maryland since May 1st plus a visit and offer from Louisville just days ago. As shown by his recent interest, Steere is poised for a breakout summer.
Elsewhere, 3-star 2018 point guard Marcus Zegarowski (Tilton School, Mass.) picked up a scholarship from the Hall on Tuesday. While his official rankings are less than impressive, Penn State, Minnesota, Pitt, Rutgers, Washington, Arizona State, Creighton, and VCU have also offered over the last two months — expect Zegarowski’s stock to rise in July.
As far as rising juniors go, Seton Hall has offered 4-star 2019 big man Isaiah Stewart (McQuaid Jesuit, N.Y.). Rated top-50 in his class, the Rochester, N.Y. native has picked up offers from Xavier, Marquette, Pitt, Northwestern, and Washington of late to go along with previous offers from Syracuse, Providence, Florida, and others.
6-foot-11 big man Qudus Wahab (Virginia Academy, Va.) also received an offer during a visit to campus on Thursday. A native of Nigeria, Wahab looks to be following in the footsteps of Vanderbilt-bound forward Ejike Obinna as both have been helped out by NFL receiver Antwaan Randle El’s EL Foundation.
A 4-star prospect, Wahab received offers from Pitt and VCU a week before visiting Seton Hall; he also visited and was offered by St. John’s on Friday.
Qudus Wahab is on an unofficial visit at Seton Hall University 🏀 pic.twitter.com/rytLiu4bYZ
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With those four new names in mind, let’s turn to some other recruits who have also made it to South Orange in recent days.
First up is another new 2018 target in Anthony Nelson of Connecticut’s South Kent — the same school that Myles Powell attended for one season. Described as a 6-foot-4 lefty wing, Nelson’s best offers are from the likes of UMass, Dayton, VCU, and Rutgers — all since October. Nelson received his offer from the staff during Wednesday’s unofficial visit.
Perhaps the biggest visitor Seton Hall has received in a while came just days before Nelson’s when 2018 power forward Jake Forrester (Westtown, Pa.) made it to South Orange on Monday. A 4-star top-150 forward, Forrester has seen offers from high-majors like Purdue, Kansas State, Pitt, Auburn, Miami, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, and Virginia Tech since December; Seton Hall offered back in January.
Forrester spoke to ZagsBlog after his visit and described himself as a versatile ‘four’ while adding that he visited South Carolina in May and will also see Pitt’s campus soon.
Seton Hall’s third visitor this week came in the form of 2019 Gill St. Bernard’s, N.J. guard Paul Mulcahy who was on campus Tuesday. Coached by Mergin Sina — Jaren’s father — in high school, Mulcahy is listed as a 6-foot-4 combo guard after seeing more of the ball in his hands as a sophomore this past season.
Rutgers, SMU, Boston College, and Virginia Tech had all offered prior to when Seton Hall did so back in February.
Last up is 2018 small forward Samba Diallo of New Jersey’s Pope John XXIII, who visited last Wednesday. Diallo has not yet received an offer from Seton Hall and could be more of a stretch target with Rutgers, UMass, and Cal State Northridge as his only offers since Saint Joseph’s did so in December.
Diallo averaged 13.4 ppg and 7.5 rpg for Pope John this past season including 19 points against Roselle Catholic, 13 and 13 against St. Anthony, and 23 and 7 against Blair Academy — those are some impressive numbers against tough opponents for someone currently pegged as a mid-major prospect.
5* center Naz Reid (Nat’l composite: #11), Roselle Catholic, N.J.
4* power forward Jake Forrester (#109), Westtown, Pa.
4* forward Ian Steere (#196), Wesleyan Christian, N.C.
3* small forward Samba Diallo (#291), Pope John XXIII, N.J.
3* point guard Marcus Zegarowski (#297), Tilton School, Mass.
Stay tuned for a full 2018 recruiting class rundown by position ahead of next month’s July ‘live’ period.