Patrick School point guard Jordan Walker chooses Seton Hall

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In need of a point guard for next season, Seton Hall has found their guy in Patrick School (N.J.) floor general Jordan Walker.

The local top-150 talent announced his decision today at a planned press conference.

Seton Hall’s staff has kept tabs on the shifty 5-10 play-maker for months now and they surely know he lives for getting in the lane and looks to be a perfect fit for the Pirates, especially long-term.

Walker had collected offers from the likes of Kansas State, VCU, Georgia, Oklahoma State, and LSU since last fall with Cal and Pitt offering just a week ago; he also strongly considered prep ball as he was able to classify as both a 2017 and 2018 recruit.

The decision officially came down to Cal and Seton Hall, but Walker hadn’t even visited the Golden Bears since receiving an offer from newly-appointed head coach Wyking Jones.

Depending on his ability to adapt to the college game over the summer leading up to next season, it sounds like Seton Hall will supplement Walker with point guard play from Khadeen Carrington after most viable graduate transfer options dried up over the last month.

Seton Hall’s incoming recruiting class is now five-deep, contains several ranked prospects, and looks like this with one scholarship remaining due to Rashed Anthony‘s decision to graduate and transfer, announced earlier today.

Jordan Walker (PG; Rivals 4-stars)
Myles Cale (SG; Rivals’ No. 71 prospect)
Sandro Mamukelashvili (PF; 247Sports’ No. 104 prospect)
Darnell Brodie (C; 3-star recruit)
Romaro Gill (C; unranked)

Jordan Walker went up against Robert Morris-bound Leondre Washington en route to a Tournament of Champions title this spring

He also poured in 31 points against top-five Linden earlier in the season

Here is Jordan going up against 2018 top-50 point guard target Jahvon Quinerly, also in the state playoffs. 

  • PirateLacrosse14

    Either you’re ridiculously gifted at putting a quality story together in a matter of minutes, or you had this one drafted prior to 3pm. I’m assuming it’s a bit of both, but great write-up Chris, and awesome get for the Hall

    • 😉 — My story on Friday about him being a good fit was not a coincident either…

  • Good story here and some insight on what the staff told Jordan: http://www.madehoops.com/news_article/show/787474?referrer_id=1272156

    • LBP

      nice job– as always–Chris

    • Bob Murphy

      Chris – Left directly unsaid was the idea that no other high profile PG was coming… “Keys to the team if I earn them.”

      • The staff is looking at sit-out transfer options now with their last ‘ship

        • Bob Murphy

          Chris, I was thinking Duval. Hopefully we can attract a transfer PG now. We’re a better team with Carrington at 2G or SF.

          • RonD

            No transfer pg coming. It’s Carrington and Walker.

          • That’s what I’m hearing.

  • SHU95

    I was thinking the same! Thanks for the great coverage Chris!!

  • Louie Dee

    Another great article Chris.
    Any word on Geno Thorpe? That’s final piece missing.

    • Sorry for delayed response, but see my more-recent comment

  • PadrePirate

    Things falling into place. GO HALL! So the Rasheed exit is official now? That leaves us with an open scholly to shop for another PG, right? Anyone left from the transfer list?

    • LBP

      PadrePirate–
      Only hope J. Walker can develop as did Watson–when Watson went to Boston U he was thought to be too small and more of a scorer–no one in Big East recruited him–after 2 years every school in the Country was chasing him. Get a feeling J.Walker may have same mind-set as Watson–can only hope

    • hallstorm

      Well, Watson is just one of a lot of under 6′ guards that have been great. It’s why I don’t understand the size issue is such a point of contention with Walker. Frank Mason III, Allen Iverson, Carlton Screen, Andre Barrett, Sha…

      This year both Tremont Waters and Chris Lykes are 5’10” and under. I’m not even convinced Isaiah Washington is a legit 6′.

      I think Walker will be really great.

      • Bob Murphy

        And long term too – a 4 year certainty at the point is a real plus for continuity. Since he was supposedly considering prep school, I wonder if the impossible happened and Duval actually came to SHU for one year whether Walker could red shirt and still have 4 years or whether he’d just play 15 MPG at the point.

  • VinBick

    Another great reason for fans to fill the Hall’s Rockin Rock! Love the home grown talent staying where they belong for a wonderful college experience in South Orange, NJ.

    • LBP

      VinBick–
      Not a bad Class ( in fact a great Class) particularly with at least 3 , if not 4, returning Starters. We are setting up a very powerful program.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Welcome Jordan! He’s the perfect PG for us. I can’t wait to see how his game develops. Shaneen will really help him and be a great influence for him.

  • hallstorm

    Love the signing. We just need to have one more signing to take the reigns for this season and be ready to hand them over to Jordan next year. I think Jordan will be very dynamic and we’ll be very happy to see the ball in his hands at the end of games. Ideal in all senses of what we need.

    • Joe Schmoe

      Duval is still dragging it out….

      • PadrePirate

        Apparently, “Trey Day” is not easy to organize. Inside sources say that Beyonce has withdrawn her performance from the festivities and the Duval camp is frantically looking for another headline performer. Duke’s AD also informed the camp that real champagne is not admissible on campus, so they’re having to re-order a non-alcoholic brand for the 10,000 estimated guests. Still looking for an open Monday in May or June to make a state-wide holiday with long-weekend potential to accommodate festivities and press, etc. These things just take time.

        • Joe Schmoe

          The funny thing is…I can’t tell if this is over the top sarcasm or if you’re 100% serious….

          • PadrePirate

            Sorry. Just my way of venting. TD was the first major recruitment I’ve followed, and I find this whole thing very distasteful. The last straw was when I saw “Trey Day coming soon” yesterday. A couple swallows of humble pie could help some of these kids come down to earth.

          • Joe Schmoe

            The funny thing is…he dragged it out so long…there isn’t any fanfare now regardless of where he goes. If he goes to duke, good for him…a nice add but they have an extremely crowded backcourt… if he comes to shu, good for us.. we have a solid team and class too, that’s a nice add…anywhere else same story. By waiting so long that “OMG” factor is gone.. more replaced by “it’s about time”

          • hallstorm

            Kinda reminds us all of a similar event last year with Thompson. I don’t think he decided until June or July.

          • LBP

            Joe– PadrePirate is always serious 🙂 — sorta glad this Board got this “Trey-Thing” right– I love rooting for our Pirates as opposed to cheering a Privateer.

        • shufaninva

          I think they just hired Ja Rule to coordinate.

        • RonD

          LOL! Well done.

  • PadrePirate

    Guys, it’s so nice to read all the enthusiasm on this board WITHOUT Duval. With Mamu, Gill, and Walker joining Brodie and Cale (and one scholly to spare), it looks like we ended up with a nice haul of local kids who WANT to be here. Sure, it would have been nice to have a 5-star, but let the Dukes of this world be Duke. SHU can be something special.

  • As always, great coverage Chris, we are lucky to have you leading this site! I like this move. Jordan Walker is a winner with character and will be around for, Lord willing, a long time. Chris, how do you see this move impacting the 2018 recruiting trail for the Pirates? I would hope that the stability factor would be enticing for the key NJ recruits like Reid and Quinnerly. Thoughts?

    • Thank you Matt.

      Quinerly has been Nova’s to lose for awhile, but staff is still trying. He’s a PG and has faced off with Walker a few times (as noted in article). I’m sure staff may try to bring in another ranked PG like Jalen Carey to help Walker in years ahead, but I think there is higher chance of a highly rated kid at SF or front court.

      Valdir Manuel (Pats), Reid, Louis King, Carey are some of the guys who have been on radar for a bit now in 2018.

  • Matt

    Could not be happier about this kid signing. This really turned out to be a nice recruiting class despite having a pretty slow start. Hopefully we can grab a transfer PG with the additional scholarship.

    • Matt

      Also seems like Walker is pretty close with that Jahvon Quinerly kid from Hudson Catholic. Maybe he can persuade him to come next year?

      • LBP

        Grapevine has it that Nova has asked him to commit early but he will not–Nova will sign a PG this week– so things may brighten to get JQ

  • Matty P

    I find it hard to imagine many people being as excited as we are after an off-season where one student was dismissed, one quit the team and another two who decided to transfer. Great news that Walker will be joining SHU. I think this class could almost be as important as next year’s group of freshman to keep the program moving in the right direction.

  • SHU95

    SHU has had some really great players come from The Patrick School over the years and we got another one today. Congrats to Jordan Walker, and congrats on a job very well done by the staff in not only landing this player, but doing so while navigating the Duval situation. Quietly, the staff has put together one of the better classes in recent memory, excluding of course, 2014. The peices are coming together, hopefully Angel Announces his return soon, and then we await the TD announcement which is much more of a “houses money” situation now. Regardless of how that turns out, great job shu coaching staff!

  • hallstorm

    Wait a minute…..am I seeing this correctly?

    http://247sports.com/player/jordan-goldwire-93766

    Why would Duke take an unrated 3-star shooting guard?

    • LBP

      Even the Kid was shocked–maybe our Boy (Duval) and his Posse are messing with Coach (its okay for me to do anything, say anything)K

      • hallstorm

        Haha. Could be LBP. I’ve read Duke fans are praising a 4-year player, but this dude was choosing between Eastern Kentucky and Mercer and then gets an offer from…Duke? Makes no sense to me if it was planned. Could all be nothing, but it could mean Duke is not necessarily as “in” as everyone thinks. Maybe

    • earmbrister

      Seems like Duke is hedging it’s bets. If Frank Jackson stays in the NBA draft, Duke would have had NO point guards for the coming season (not unlike fellow powerhouse SHU). And like the Pirates, they’re going to need at least 2 PGs for the upcoming season. Will it be just Goldwire, or Jackson/Goldwire, or Goldwire/Duval, or all three?

      As for Duval, is he waiting to see if Delgado is going pro, whereby SHU will have a powerful team? Or is he waiting to see if Jackson is going pro? Because if he doesn’t go pro, then Duval will be sharing the PG minutes with Jackson. Or is he waiting on both decisions in order to make the best decision for himself?

      • hallstorm

        Well, that’s what I was wondering. i.e.–maybe it isn’t a done deal?

        • earmbrister

          I’m begrudgingly starting to believe that the Duval ship has sailed to NC. However, ask me again in 5 min. and I’ll be happy to do the Duval dance. Yet, I tend to believe Chris that this is already a done deal to Duke.

      • In situation that Jackson leaves, Duval + senior Grayson Allen + two top-50 SGs seems like plenty of minutes at guard spots with Goldwire as a 4-year type backup guy

        Duke still has plenty of ‘ships left

  • VinBick

    Anthony and the others who have exited are apparently being replaced by much better quality players. Hope so. Need more than seven contributors available once the season begins and when we are competing against some really tough teams in the Big East. Our drop off in talent after the first seven last year was a very real weakness.

  • fouline

    This could be the best recruiting year Willard & Company has had – outside of the pay-for-play year. Congrats to all. Now the hard work begins. How are Sandro & Jordan going to be used.

    • on paper, it is. 3 recruits who have received a top-150 ranking from at least 1 service

      • fouline

        You’re right “on paper”. You know I don’t think much of Willard, so I expect that these recruits along with the seniors will have to figure it out for themselves. Then batten down the hatches when he starts “the blame game”. Bt at least these guys can play. Yes?

        • Think we will be surprised with Sandro… staff thinks he can make an impact. Cale even more so. Was a borderline top-150ish recruit without head-turning interest, but has proved hes a lock top-100 type in AAU/HS since his commitment. Only detriment for him is the log-jam you mention.

          Not sure what type of minutes these 3 guys will get now, but should be some impact from all 3.

          • hallstorm

            I fully expect Mamu to push for minutes. I think very highly of him and he can really spread the floor and create. He’s a smart player and can pass too. I think he will be an immediate impact.

  • LBP

    Getting a number of calls and notes from BBall Fans ( of other schools) congratulating me on this recruiting Class and I am not shy–nor humble– about accepting praise . ( Altho K. Willard and his Staff worked their tails off and deserve all credit).
    I think the Gem is going to be Myles Cale– I followed him closely for the last 2 years and he is for real….real Real. Collegebasketball.nbcsports.com has Hall at #17 pre-season and mentions M.Cale
    Because of Fishjam’s analysis, I started to follow J. Walker and actually wanted him more than Duval ( he should be here 4 years and will develop ) because I think he is the best “post-feeder” I have seen in High School BBall ( admittedly he has Talent most do not to “feed”). Ish ; Nezi and , hopefully Angel will have to work on catching the Balls thrown by him. J.Walker does need to work harder on D but I know that can be taught by Coach Willard.
    Because of all the recruiting noise, what was a bit lost was a reference to M. Cale having a “surgical procedure”– Chris ; Fishjam; Vinbick;Padrepirate ( or any other Hall Brother or Sister) have any updates?

    • PadrePirate

      Hmm. Hope is was just wisdom teeth 🙂 Thanks, LBP for the positive buzz.

    • Fishjam

      Don’t know much on Cale’s procedure. it was said to be “minor” shoulder surgery. Not rotator cuff or anything major.

      I agree with LBP that we got a great recruiting class. In my eyes, Walker, Cale & Mamu are all 4-Star Top 100 players. Brodie and Ro…..let’s see. But at least they each have 2 good things to work with. Brodie has tremendous size, strength and is a good rebounder. Ro is extremley long and is already a great shotblocker.

  • LBP

    I tend to go overboard–but– the signing of J.Walker has been met with a high degree of enthusiasm and positive comments –a lot of J.Walker fans–in fact, the buzz about the Program feels much like the signing of I. Whitehead. Maybe cause Jersey Guys love it when “their own” stay home and that this Kid brings excitement with his Game?

    • Reportedly good character, needed position (first time in nearly a decade), local product from a pipeline school… The excitement is merited, despite Walker not being a top-50 rated prospect

  • 11yearplan

    This is a great signing and a player we need, with or without Duval. No one should be dissing TD like sour grapes. We would all take him in a minuet and I hope he signs here. He may just be waiting for public confirmation that Angel is coming back for his senior/All-American year. The fact that Trevon has not committed should mean we are still in the running and does not necessarily mean he is creating drama.

    Either way things are looking up for our Pirates and November can’t come soon enough.

    Chris: Amazing job as always. You had this article posted before anyone on Twitter posted it.

    • Ardy

      This is a balanced post 11 year. If I had a son who had chance to be coached by Mike Krzyzewski we would take careful consideration also.

    • PadrePirate

      Thanks, 11year. I guess I assumed that he was drawing this thing out in order to create drama/hype/attention around himself, which is not necessarily the case. As long as it’s for real “basketball reasons”, you got to respect the kid and let him make his decision. I’d be pretty surprised if he was really taking all this time just to prep a video, party, etc., so I should apologize if my grapes were slightly sour.

    • Valentino

      Maybe TD is waiting to see if Frank Jackson is returning which could impact his minutes.

      • Joe Schmoe

        and also waiting if the top rebounder/double double man in the nation is going to return…thats a huge factor too..

    • Thanks 11year.

      Again, would bet the house on Duval not headed to SH a week ago. Haven’t heard anything different since, but haven’t looked in much since the news SH staff was told right after that Duke visit was definitive.

  • VinBick

    Looks like Pirate Nation is continuing to build on the strength of the existing seniors who will be responsible for helping the pups develop this year. This should be an exciting season with lots of potential for winning b’ball featured at the Rockin Rock!

  • hallstorm

    More interesting Big East news: it seems Brian Bowen is now leaning toward DePaul. He was high on Creighton, but it looks like DePaul is coming on strong at the end. McDonald’s All-American and would be a huge guy for them to get.

    Makes you wonder that the more these players hold out, the more opportunity there is to convince them to come.

  • Was first reported by Rothstein that Geno Thorpe is supposed to visit Pitt today and SH on the 9th. Zach Braziller then tweeted that SH is no longer recruiting… I can confirm this.

    They were monitoring “lightly” as of Friday A.M., the day Walker decided on SH. Looks like that is over — staff is looking at sit-out transfers now with Carrington likely to try PG again with Walker.

    • Louie Dee

      This makes me nervous. We need an experienced PG.

      • Here is the alternative: Staff squeezes in Thorpe, forcing Walker to likely redshirt (would he have committed if this were the case)

        Or, a more-known variable in Carrington splits time with Walker, based on how ready he is

        • Louie Dee

          Why would Walker need to redshirt? Thorpe and Walker can split the time, and Walker can learn from Thorpe. Carrington’s not a PG.

          • LBP

            agree Louie Dee

          • I don’t see the minutes. 80-90 minutes between Thorpe (25+), Walker, Carrington (30+), Cale, Powell (20+)

            So Cale and Walker get 10-15 MPG total? I don’t see that happening.

            Instead: Carrington (30-35), Powell (25), Cale (10-15), Walker (10-15)

        • PadrePirate

          My sentiments exactly (Louis Dee and LBP). Why not Walker + Grad at 1, KC/Desi/Powell/Cale at 2-3, Ish/Nzei at 4, Angel/Mamu at 5. Looks pretty good to me. That leaves Brodie, Gill, Gordon as depth/developing guys.

          • hallstorm

            Mama is really going to be more of a 3. He’s 6’11”, but he plays more like a wing player who shoots from the perimeter and drives to the basket. No post-up game yet, although I’m not sure what Billmeier and Williard have in mind.

          • PadrePirate

            Thanks. We’ll get a better feel for him as we get see some gym time. Your description makes me think of that other 6’10” kid on Gonzaga last year who played mostly around perimeter (Weilter or something like that).

  • PadrePirate

    Pretty surprised to read that we’re giving up on Thorpe. As promising as Walker is, we have no idea how he will adjust to D1 ball. Retaining only KC and JW at the point does not seem wise. That leaves one guy out of position–KC is just not a distributer–and puts too much pressure on an incoming freshman, not to mention zero depth in case of injury, etc. Maybe Willard is worried about a log jam at the 2, with KC, Powell, Cale needing minutes. Couldn’t Cale play the wing behind Desi? Where does Gordon fit in?

  • Ardy

    Did anybody hear how the home visit went with Naz Reid?

  • PirateLacrosse14

    Chris, I just saw Sid Wilson is reclassifying as a 2017 prospect. Any chance we go after him, a long, mid-range SF with decent handles is something Seton Hall never really has. I know there is still a bit of pressure with PG, but he seems like a guy that could help this team go big, which it has trouble doing at points

    • Doubt it. Probably was going to be a second or third tier target in 2018 for SH behind Louis King and someone else. Wilson also didn’t list SH in his top 5 as of a few months ago.

      • PirateLacrosse14

        I didn’t even know he came out with a top 5. Thanks, Chis!

        • It was more of a 5 schools recruiting him the hardest, so unofficial top list. But he just posted a picture of top 6 (Cuse, Uconn, Florida, Ga. Tech, Texas, St. Johns) the other day

  • RonD

    Signed, sealed, delivered. Walker has signed his NLI. It’s Carrington and Walker at the point. The staff will not bring in a grad transfer PG because they don’t want to mess with chemistry and playing time at the perimeter positions.

    • Rich Ricci

      WOW, I’d say that’s clearly a sign of progress, but I hope they’re not being too cocky!! While it’s good to see them recruit and pass on guys based on chemistry or playing time, I’m a little concerned that the lack of an experienced point guard might come back to bite them at some point in the season. Granted, playing with so many seasoned Seniors is a big advantage, plus Jordan Walker will pick up some experience during the out of conference portion of the schedule, but I’d feel an awful lot better if we had a grad transfer for crucial minutes in big games or, at the very least, in the event of an injury or just to change the look of things.

      However, all that being said, it sure is a whole lot better than just bringing in warm bodies out of desperation to fill out the roster, regardless of talent, need or chemistry!

    • PadrePirate

      Seems a little hasty/bold to turn the keys over to an unproven freshman. KC is just not a PG. Didn’t work last season, why would it this season?

      The advantage to this set up (i.e. save the last scholly for a red-shirt transfer ready to play in 2018) is that it cuts down on the log jam at the 2 spot (KC, Powell, Cale, Gordon), but Walker would be the only true PG on the team. That’s a lot of pressure for a freshman IMO.

  • PadrePirate

    With all the attention surrounding PG (and rightly so), it just dawned on me that we really don’t have a true wing. Desi only really fills that role when his outside shot is on (1 out of 2 or 3 games). Otherwise, Desi is most often a head-down drive to the hoop guy.

    We sorely need someone who can spread defenses with a dead-eye shot from the wings. Veer didn’t work out. Powell does that when on, but he’s too undersized to match up with bigger 2/3 like a Kelan Martin or Josh Hart. If the staff is intent on going with KC/JW at point, why not spend that last scholly on a mid-sized SG/SF with nice range?

    • hallstorm

      I think the staff got exactly that with Mamu. He is perfect for spreading the floor as a wing and creating defensive matchup problems. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

      There is also a logjam at the 2 with Carrington, Powell, Cale and Gordon. We certainly don’t need another.

      • PadrePirate

        Yes, I meant more of a SF (3) to spell Desi this year then replace him next year. Maybe, like you say, Mamu will fill that role in a different way. I see him more as a Chrabascz type. Right now, we’re stacked at the 2 and 4/5 but only one PG and no one but Desi at SF.

    • PirateLacrosse14

      If he’s able to grow another couple of inches, I would love to see Cale plat that wing position. He’s lanky, but still big and strong. I’m really high on him personally, but think he could end up as the wing when Willard is trying to find him minutes

  • SHU95

    I saw a clip with TD over the weekend where he is asked point blank if SHU is off his list of colleges based on Walker commitment … He said SHU Not eliminated and he spoke with the staff prior to Walker commitment. I think he will Pick Duke when all of the NBA stuff shakes out, but there must be a reason why he hadn’t eliminated SHU or anyone else and hasn’t publicly picked Duke…

    • PadrePirate

      What’s he waiting for? What NBA stuff still remains to shake out? Unless I missed something, Angel and KC were not invited to the combine, so that’s it on our end. Unless Angel goes pro in DR or Europe, he’s coming back to SoOrange. Not sure if there are still moves on the Duke roster, but ours seems set, no?

      • SHU95

        Angel has Not said a word either way about returning – I think we all assume he will, but if I were TD I would want to know that. Frank Jackson at Duke is up in the air plus several other moving parts – whose coming/ Going. Same at Arizona, Rawl Alkins Staying?? Lots of moving parts there too (I wouldn’t count Arizona out either… They will have a TON of talent when the dust settles).

  • Mosleyman

    Three interesting tweets from this afternoon:

    https://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/861609303538634755

    And after first tweeting ” Despite report, Geno Thorpe not visiting Seton Hall I’m told. Team is set barring unlikely Trevon Duval commitment” Zach Braziller tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/NYPost_Brazille/status/861663941155540993

    Hmmm. Wonder what that means.

    • Not sure how bad staff wants him. Even before Walker committed, they were keeping “light” tabs on him.

      • Mosleyman

        Well, at very least, it would seem to indicate that they are still open to the idea of bringing in an experienced PG for this year, as opposed to a sit-out impact transfer for the following year… assuming, of course, that we don’t win the Duvall Sweepstakes. Or else why would we even have him make the trip?

        • PadrePirate

          You gotta think that the staff would have told him to cross us off his list, if they weren’t at least interested. I would love to have more depth at PG, but then there’s the problem of keeping everyone happy with minutes.

          • LBP

            Nice problem to have PadrePirate 🙂

  • Marklemore84

    Duval retweeting Whitehead from February just turned my brain to scrambled eggs.

    • PadrePirate

      Don’t know if he’s just a drama queen, but fans don’t appreciate mixed messages. Looks like our 2017 roster is set. Tweets about him wearing a SH jersey or tshirt in an interview today also wierd.

      • TheRealDewski

        I think its good to still be involved with the possibility of TD. I’ll take all the mixed messages just to have a chance with this player. Him coming in is very important to next year and the future by further legitimizing KW’s program to 5 star players. And if he chooses elsewhere which he probably will do, the team is already pretty soled for 2017-2018. Also TD will bring a big spotlight onto the program. I sold a few of my co workers on the team who usually didn’t watch college BB or SHUMBB on Isaiah Whitehead and the addition of TD will do the same.

        • SHU95

          Real- well said… I like that we’re still in it, perhaps barely, but in it all the way to the end nevertheless. The addition of Walker takes some of the heat off if & when he decides on going elsewhere. Other prospects hear our name w Duke Kansas & Arizona everytime it comes up, not a bad thing…

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