UPDATED: Preferred walk-on Phil Flory may transfer; Seton Hall keeps on recruiting

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Following just one year of what was truly preferred walk-on duty, Seton Hall freshman Phil Flory will leave the program.

A one-time Marquette pledge who suffered a series of injuries in high school and ended up in South Orange by way of Fred Hill coaching Flory’s father at Marquette once upon a time, Flory was knocking on the door of a scholarship.

Now he will get one — just not from Seton Hall.

CORRECTION: The player has reached out to clarify the situation. Flory has not yet decided upon leaving the program, but he made an agreement with the coaching staff that they would allow other schools to contact him in hope of receiving a scholarship elsewhere. If that does not occur over the next few weeks, Flory is very much open to returning to Seton Hall next season; Albany is the first school to offer Flory as of Friday.

Flory saw a flurry of appearances for Kevin Willard down the stretch of the season, most notably with 17 minutes against St. John’s at the Garden after three key minutes at Providence just days prior.

The playing time left Willard telling media how Flory knew the team’s offense as well as anyone, with Khadeen Carrington nodding his head in agreement at the Garden’s podium — the minutes weren’t a fluke.

Known for a deadly outside shot that he was never able to show off on the court, Flory also displayed tough on-ball defense and never stopped running during offensive sets.

While it would have been heart-warming for Flory to ultimately earn a scholarship in South Orange college football style, it’s understandable that he was getting mid/low-major interest and wants to play some major minutes right away — I was half expecting the NCAA to make walk-ons sit out, but that is not the case here.

Although Flory is leaving, Seton Hall of course received the news a couple weeks back that post-graduate forward Mike Nzei is staying, an off-season game-changer at the ‘four’ spot.

With that question mark answered, Seton Hall remains locked up on scholarships but is still curiously active in the transfer market and on the recruiting trails with an eye on next season’s team. Remember, sit-out transfers still eat up a scholarship.

Blake Hinson — Mentioned in the last recruiting roundup, the top-150 6-foot-7 forward has since visited Washington State, Missouri, and Seton Hall (officially) while skipping his scheduled trip to Illinois this week.

Aundre Hyatt — Officially a Class of 2019 recruit who may re-classify to 2018 in order to join a college roster this summer, Seton Hall recently conducted an in-home visit with Hyatt last week. A top-150 small forward, Hyatt has received offers from Texas Tech and Pittsburgh this week and is still undecided about his future — someone would have to leave the program if Seton Hall is recruiting him as a senior.

Malik Osborne — A 6-foot-8 freshman at Rice who averaged 9 ppg and 6.5 rpg, Osborne attended the same prep school (Don Bosco, Ill.) of recruit Austin Richie, who committed to Northern Illinois recently after being recruited by Fred Hill a few months ago — which has to explain the connection here. Osborne, who will transfer, has heard from schools like Nevada, Wisconsin, DePaul, and Stanford.

Prince Oduro – Seton Hall is going after another 6-foot-8 sit-out freshman in Siena transfer Prince Oduro, who averaged 9.1 ppg and 5.1 rpg this past season. The big man from Canada will visit Mississippi State and South Florida along with his interest from the Hall.

David Beatty — A familiar name if you are tuned into local recruiting, the former St. Benedict’s Prep guard David Beatty is transferring from South Carolina after average 3 ppg as a freshman. A former top-150 recruit, Seton Hall is on a long list of schools that have already reached out.