Live Period Seton Hall Recruiting Prospectus: 2018 wings

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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.

Small forwards/wings

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.

2018 prospects:

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)

Stay tuned for installment three on Wednesday: guards. Did I miss someone? Make a mistake? Let me know below.

  • SHU95

    Chris, thanks as always for your info & analysis… Very much appreciated. I guess the impression I’m getting right or wrong is that we have targeted some nice players here, but it feels a little like we are not really ‘solidly in’ with anybody. Seems like the big local targets are headed for bigger schools and the guys like Forrester & Brazdiekis – (who would be really nice gets for SHU and probably fit in well) we are not THAT tight with. I know there is a lot of time left, and new names will emerge as well, but I don’t feel real good about any of the guys mentioned so far. There is no ‘Myles Powell’ for example- where the program felt “really good” about the prospects of landing him. Thoughts …? Thanks

    • VinBick

      A lot of talented kids have been sitting behind the Pirate bench over the past couple of years. If this upcoming season is as successful as we all expect, the top talent locally will be signing up to be a part of Seton Hall Basketball.

      • SHU95

        Good point, a good season will certainly help… Hope u are correct

        • VinBick

          Another aspect of future success that cannot be underestimated is fan support. A competitive out of conference home schedule that attracts more fans early in the season will be impressive to recruits. Seton Hall games at the Rock are big time, family entertainment at a reasonable price. The Big East battles live on our home court rival the best programs’ offerings anywhere in the country.

    • My take:

      SH is in very well with Manuel, Majak for PFs… King for SF/wing … Carey for PG

  • Staff watched NY Jayhawks this morning. Majur Majak (Patrick School PF) is main target, but wing Frankie Policelli has received some interest (no offer) and small forward Samba Diallo (Pope John XXIII) is also on the roster; he visited last month but has not been offered.

    Those two guys seem like fringe targets (hence why I didn’t include them above), something to monitor.