Now just two days away from the July live period, it’s time to focus on the 2018 small forwards and wings Seton Hall’s staff will be circling like hawks this month.
A promising list of big men that the staff is pursuing has already been posted and between those prospects and the ones listed below, the staff has a healthy amount of options to replace Desi Rodriguez, Ismael Sanogo, and Angel Delgado heading into the 2018-19 season.
As a reminder, the first of three crucial recruit evaluation periods begins on Wednesday at 5 p.m. — Seton Hall’s staff will be at all three major events this week: Peach Jam, Under Armour, Nike Gauntlet finale.
Louis King (#16; Hudson Catholic, N.J.)
Once a part of the ‘Sports U Fab 5’ who now runs with Nike’s Team Final, Louis King is Seton Hall’s top priority at the ‘three’.
Despite offering over two years ago and getting in good shape with King in the past, it appears that his head may be turned by bigger names on the college hoops landscape, though no offers have come from Kentucky, UNC, or Duke yet.
King failed to mention Seton Hall in a brief quote on ZagsBlog last month, while a more-recent article from Rivals included all of the new schools on King’s radar and noted how he will likely decide in the spring.
Isaiah Mucius (#60; Brewster Academy, N.H.)
Offered last August, Mucius was listing Seton Hall as of April, but it appears that schools like Wake Forest, Xavier, Rutgers and now UConn and Temple have taken precedence — the Brewster Academy and PSA Cardinals wing may cut his list by the end of the month.
Ignas Brazdeikis (#106; Orangeville Prep, Ontario)
A native of Lithuania living in Ontario, this 6-foot-8 wing/shooting guard is not your typical prospect; here’s a clip of Ignas scoring 50 a few months ago.
Brazdeikis has the ability to classify as a 2017 or 2018, but it looks like he will remain in the 2018 class and pick another prep school by the end of the month; Michigan, Vanderbilt, and Florida look to be in good shape here.
Seton Hall’s staff offered in early May and should be keen to mention the school’s history with Lithuanians: Arturas Karnisovas (1990-94) and Rimantas Kaukenas (1996-00) both suited up in Pirate Blue and went on to play for their national team.
Khalid Moore (#215; Archbishop Molloy, N.Y.)
Seton Hall was the first high-major to offer the NY Rens product last July, with Miami, VCU, Rutgers, Syracuse, Oklahoma State, Pitt, St. John’s, Virginia, and Louisville doing so since.
If King and Mucius head elsewhere, expect Moore and/or Brazdeikis to become more prominent in the pursuit to replace Desi Rodriguez as a result, but it seems like small forward spot is the least important to fill right now with Myles Cale, Myles Powell, and perhaps transfer Quincy McKnight able to fill the void in a year’s time.
#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)
Stay tuned for installment three on Wednesday: guards. Did I miss someone? Make a mistake? Let me know below.