Today is the day: Seton Hall’s staff is in Atlanta (Under Armour Finals), Georgia (Peach Jam), and South Carolina (adidas Gauntlet) for the start of the July live period.
With Khadeen Carrington set to depart from the backcourt and incoming freshman Jordan Walker projected as the only ball-handler for the 2018-19 season, the recruitment of another point guard remains paramount for the staff.
Jahvon Quinerly remains the stud prospect, Jalen Carey has emerged as potentially the more sought-after floor general, and several second-tier options have popped up over the past month or so.
Jahvon Quinerly (#20; Hudson Catholic, N.J.)
I previously described center Naz Reid as the Trevon Duval of the 2018 class, but perhaps I spoke too soon.
Down to Arizona, Kansas, Seton Hall, Villanova, Virginia, UCLA, and Stanford and considered one of if not the best point guard in his class, Jahvon Quinerly is arguable the most sought-after recruit the Hall is going after.
Villanova and Seton Hall are both the most-senior schools on Quinerly’s final list, having offered back in April of 2015; the Wildcats and the west coast Wildcats — Arizona — are thought to be the favorites here.
Luther Muhammad (#64; Hudson Catholic, N.J.)
I felt compelled to add the NY Rens shooting guard to this list strictly because of his high ranking and Seton Hall’s historical interest since offering in October of 2015.
That said, just like Jahvon Quinerly, don’t place any bets on Luther becoming a Pirate. If he is to stay local, St. John’s has emerged as the clear-cut favorite for some time now.
Jalen Carey (#82; Immaculate Conception, N.J.)
With Quinerly likely headed elsewhere, Jersey point guard Jalen Carey has gained high priority status.
But that priority status isn’t unique: a handful of high-majors like Florida, Notre Dame, Miami, Texas, Indiana, Iowa State, Syracuse, and Kansas have all offered since the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.
Seton Hall’s staff will undoubtedly watch Carey play at the Peach Jam for the NJ Playaz later this week as the Immaculate Conception guard attempts to crack top-50 national rankings; Seton Hall is pursuing Carey hard.
Matthue Cotton (#143; St. Benedict’s Prep, N.J.)
Outside of Luther Muhammad, Cotton is the lone two-guard on Seton Hall’s current list of backcourt prospects, which makes sense considering some of the depth at that position already on the roster.
While there hasn’t been much info on Cotton’s recruitment of late and I have my doubts about the mutual interest from Seton Hall here, the Hall and Oklahoma State were apparently hounding him hard as recently as late February, when Cotton took an unofficial to South Orange.
Saint Joseph’s has also been tracking the local product closely while unofficial visits to Virginia Tech and Rutgers have been made since April — perhaps a trimmed list of schools will shine more light here.
The 6-foot-4 guard from Philly has switched from Team Final to Team Philly for AAU ball this summer.
Markquis Nowell (#209; Patrick School, N.J.)
Standing below 5-foot-10, New Heights point guard Markquis Nowell has been on Seton Hall’s radar since at least last April, though the feeling has always been that he’s a second tier option, perhaps due to his height.
Nowell has opted to transfer from Khadeen Carrington’s alma mater (Bishop Loughlin) to the Patrick School, the alma mater of a diminutive point guard already on the Hall’s roster: Jordan Walker.
While the relocation will only help Seton Hall’s chances here, it doesn’t seem likely they will pursue much further at the moment.
Marcus Zegarowski (#302; Tilton School, Mass.)
A newer name on Seton Hall’s radar, Zegarowski visited Arizona State, Creighton, and Pitt after receiving an offer from the Hall last month, still his most recent offer.
It’s unclear where the Expressions Elite point guard ranks compared to the staff’s other targets, but he likely slots in behind Jalen Carey as his stock looks set to rise this month.
Anthony Nelson (NR; South Kent, Conn.)
Another new name to consider, NY Lightning guard Anthony Nelson received an offer while visiting South Orange last month.
Listed at 6-foot-4, Nelson has been described as versatile and able to play point guard as well as on the wing. His status as a second-tier option for Seton Hall’s staff appears likely. UMass, Dayton, VCU, and Rutgers have all offered since last fall while Nelson visited Rhode Island days after his visit to Seton Hall.
#20 Jahvon Quinerly
#82 Jalen Carey
#209 Markquis Nowell
#302 Marcus Zegarowski
NR Anthony Nelson
#64 Luther Muhammad
#143 Matthue Cotton
#16 Louis King (Hudson Catholic, NJ)
#60 Isaiah Mucius (Brewster Academy, NH)
#106 Ignas Brazdeikis (Orangeville Prep, Ontario)
#215 Khalid Moore (Archbishop Molloy, NY)
#11 Naz Reid (Roselle Catholic, NJ)
#107 Valdir Manuel (Patrick School, NJ)
#116 Jake Forrester (Westtown, Pa)
#146 Marcus Littles (Academy New Church, Pa)
#388 Majur Majak (Patrick School, NJ)
NR Casmir Ochiaka (St. Eliz., NJ)