With the all-important July ‘live’ recruiting period set to tip-off on Wednesday at exactly 5 p.m., it’s time to take a look at which 2018 recruits Seton Hall’s staff will be monitoring over the course of the next few weeks.
Currently holding four scholarships for their next recruiting class, Seton Hall is in search of replacements for their core four starters that came in as part of the heralded 2014 class.
AAU teams will lace ’em up across the country and face off at the Under Armour Association Finals, the adidas Gauntlet Finale, Nike Peach Jam, and other events during the first of three evaluation periods.
In this installment of the 2018 live period recruiting prospectus, we will specifically shine a light on post forwards who are being recruited to replace Angel Delgado and Ismael Sanogo up front.
Before Wednesday, I will also release a list of wings and backcourt players the staff is looking at to mitigate the departures of Desi Rodriguez and Khadeen Carrington, respectively.
Naz Reid (247Sports Nat’l Composite #11; Roselle Catholic, N.J.)
He’s far from a point guard, but Sports U’s Naz Reid is the Trevon Duval of this recruiting class: He’s a top-15 five-star recruit who could stay home, but seems certain to bolt for Kentucky if the offer comes.
As noted a few weeks ago, Reid has included Seton Hall and not Rutgers or St. John’s in his final seven; he took his first of five official visits to LSU a little over a week ago. The Hall will be sure to watch him in Atlanta this week — expect Kevin Willard and Shaheen Holloway to be on hand.
Reid is a program-changing recruit for someone like Seton Hall whereas he’s just another highly-touted name for the Kentuckys of the world. The Hall probably had a better chance at Duval.
Valdir Manuel (#107; Patrick School, N.J.)
Odds are you haven’t even heard of this top-150 recruit sitting in Seton Hall’s backyard. A 6-foot-8 native of Angola, Manuel is following in the footsteps of Angel Delgado and other foreign players who have relocated to Jersey and excelled on the hardwood.
A U19 international for Angola, Manuel is missing out on FIBA’s U19 World Cup due to a shoulder injury.
Highlighting the importance of July, the NJ Playaz product was offered during last summer’s live period and is thought to be one of the more likely 2018 recruits for Seton Hall to secure; Grant Billmeier is making sure to recruit from his alma mater.
Jake Forrester (#116; Westtown, Pa.)
Another relatively local top-150 forward, Forrester has been recruited since at least January when he was offered and recently made it to South Orange just before a visit to Pittsburgh.
A bunch of high-majors like Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Arizona State, and Vanderbilt have come calling for the PSA Cardinals forward over the past few months, making Forrester perhaps the most attractive prospect on Seton Hall’s list outside of Naz Reid.
Marcus Littles (#146; Academy New Church, Pa.)
An under-the-radar prospect, Littles was on campus in August and then took in the New Year’s Day game against Marquette in Newark.
There isn’t much info on the 6-foot-9 WE R1 center that used to play at Philadelphia’s Neumann-Goretti, though a drove of locals like Saint Joseph’s, Penn State, La Salle, and Temple have all offered. I’d expect Littles to be a second-tier recruit who appears more likely to reside at an Atlantic 10 level.
Majur Majak (#388; Roselle Catholic, N.J.)
There are a lot of similarities between Majur Majak and Valdir Manuel, but a recruiting ranking is not one of them.
A 7-footer from Sudan, his profile may remind you of Chier Ajou, but Majak looks poised for greener pastures. Originally residing in California before coming across the country to Roselle Catholic, San Diego State, UConn, and Washington have all extended offers since Seton Hall did so back in January.
Like Manuel, I believe Seton Hall is in solid shape here, but the NY Jayhawks big man might be thought of as more of a high-potential investment than a recruit that will provide immediate returns.
Another name to watch:
Casmir Ochiaka (St. Elizabeth, N.J.) – Unranked and with offers from just Seton Hall, NJIT, and Fairleigh Dickinson, it seems much more likely that Ochiaka will head the low-major route, though the NJ Roadrunners product could be the next Ish Sanogo-type recruit. His stats this past season — which include double-doubles against Roselle Catholic and Gill St. Bernard’s — are fairly impressive too.
Stay tuned for installment two: small forwards/wings.
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