Live Period Seton Hall Recruiting Prospectus: 2018 guards

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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.

As shown in Part 1 (post forwards) and Part 2 (wings) of this series, Seton Hall is actively pursuing at least 15 targets to replace an outgoing batch of four seniors.

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.

Guards

Jahvon Quinerly (#20; Hudson Catholic, N.J.)

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.

2018 prospects:

Point guards
#20 Jahvon Quinerly
#82 Jalen Carey
#209 Markquis Nowell
#302 Marcus Zegarowski
NR Anthony Nelson

Shooting guards
#64 Luther Muhammad
#143 Matthue Cotton

Wings
#16 Louis King (Hudson Catholic, NJ)
#60 Isaiah Mucius (Brewster Academy, NH)
#106 Ignas Brazdeikis (Orangeville Prep, Ontario)
#215 Khalid Moore (Archbishop Molloy, NY)

Post forwards
#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)

  • hallstorm

    Without getting either Carey, Muhammad or Quinerly, I would consider it disappointing for the staff. Especially since the relationships with those 3 have been some of the longest they’ve had with any school.

    • VinBick

      Just for the fun of it, I have made a file of the prospects listed here on July 12, 2017 to see if and when any do actually enroll at the Hall. Does anyone know if “Hudson Catholic” is the old “Saint Michael High School” in Union City?

    • I think this is a fair assessment, especially if you lump in Naz Reid and someone else who would be considered roughly the top 5 targets for most of the 2018 recruiting class process.

  • SC

    Hudson Catholic B-ball this year will be must watch. (JQ, Luther, and King)

  • hallstorm

    Chris,

    Why did the staff pull off Muhammad? From my understanding, he is working on his point guard skills so that he is more prepared to take that role on in college. Add in the fact that Notre Dame just signed 3 guards for next year and that pretty much leaves Luther with St. John’s, us, maybe Butler and….who else?

    • Hall ’93

      Muhammad has made it clear that he wants immediate PT. We can’t offer that hence why it appears Ohio State and St John’s are in the lead for his services

      • hallstorm

        I appreciate the input Hall 93, but that’s your best guess, unless you have quotes from Muhammad and Williard stating the above. Besides, what top 75 guard wouldn’t want immediate playing time? I’m pretty sure we could give him immediate playing time if he learned how to handle and distribute the ball, either as a backup to Walker or as a part of a 3-guard tandem. He has been playing a lot more point guard this summer.

        • Hall ’93

          Hallstorm – I’ve seen that info from other websites and message boards. Willard can’t comment on recruits and even if I knew him it’s never good to post info that a coach or staff member would mention. As for Muhammad’s quotes I’ve seen the usual rhetoric when these kids are interviewed. I think he could get decent mins (15-20) as a freshman and he would just have to wait his turn to get 30 mins a night come Jr and Sr year.

          • hallstorm

            But that’s kinda my point, Hall ’93. I don’t mind speculation. I’ve read a lot of the websites and message boards myself. I was looking for true insider information (hence the reason why I specifically addressed my comments to Chris. Although I know Fishjam tends to have accurate info from authentic sources). The rhetoric your providing is info I’m already familiar with. I was more curious to see if he was any fallback option to JQ or Carey.

            But, no worries. It isn’t really a big deal.

          • Hall ’93

            Hallstorm- No worries. I’m not trying to portray myself as an insider and have connections. I’m passionate about the program and love checking out all the blogs. I’m sure you do this but piratecrew.com and in particular the premium board has good stuff. Chris also has some terrific insight as well. I would sign on the dotted line for a King, Carey, Forrester and Manuel 2018 class. Realistically and just my opinion but I’m hoping for 2 of those 4 at this point as it doesn’t seem like we have a lot of buzz for some strange reason.

          • hallstorm

            Oh I would be ecstatic over 2 of those guys. I know we all think JQ and Reid are severe longshots, but maybe once one of these guys comes on board, others will want to play here. I know Quinerly seems like another Duval/program changer, but I think getting Reid is the bigger deal.

            I’m actually glad to hear they were at least watching Mucius. I’m just not sure if the staff should throw all efforts into just a few guys or spread it around with the hope of mitigating losses if we can’t some of the top players.

    • Not sure how much it is SH easing up first by choice, rather than it is gauging the kid’s mutual interest and easing up as a result

      Of the ‘Sports U Fab 5’ core, felt Muhammad was the least likely and least needed of the bunch for some time now.

  • SHU95

    Not sure how ‘Solid’ we are at this juncture with the recruits profiled here, But Hopefully we are poised to grab a few of these guys, & undoubtably new names will emerge between now & next spring. We have recruited well mostly over the past 4 years and seen some success on the court…a strong up coming Season with a few W’s in the post season tournies will help too… Long way to go

  • Thehall
  • Seton Hall watched Anthony Nelson this morning at Peach Jam. Had 5 pts and 5 asts, not sure how many minutes. Penn State, Cincy, LSU, Georgia also on hand.

  • As expected, staff watched Jalen Carey last night. Attracting a ton of interest. Going to be a tough battle.

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