Previewing the non-conference opponents: Saint Peter’s

Seton Hall will host Saint Peter’s again this season in the latest edition of the Hall’s longest-standing non-conference series.

At the helm of Saint Peter’s for the 10th season, John Dunne has his work cut out for him in order to replace the talent lost from a 16-18 (8-12) team a year ago. Dunne is 1-8 against Seton Hall during his time at the Jersey City school.

Roster subtractions: Marvin Dominique (13.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg), Desi Washington (13.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg), Tyler Gaskins (9.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg), Jamel Fields (3.1 ppg)

Returnees to watch: Quadir Welton (7.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Trevis Wyche (6 ppg, 3.4 apg, 3 rpg), Elias Desport (2.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg), Chazz Patterson (2.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg), Elisha Boone (2.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

Key additions: Four freshmen

Over 60 percent of the Peacocks’ scoring is gone from a year ago, mainly through the departures of starting forward Marvin Dominique and guards Desi Washington and Tyler Gaskins.Screenshot 2015-11-07 at 11.27.18 AM

Local underclassmen like guards Chazz Patterson (Trenton Catholic) and Elisha Boone (Abraham Lincoln) will need to learn on the fly for John Dunne’s team this season. Saint Peter’s does return a few key players in forward Quadir Welton, forward Elias Desport and point guard Trevis Wyche.

Dunne puts out consistently stout defensive teams, so that’s always a theme going into games against Saint Peter’s. It will be interesting to see how well-coached the Peacocks will be despite their young age: only four scholarship players are juniors or seniors.

In addition to developing returning players, Saint Peter’s will look for some impact from four incoming freshmen. One guy to watch is athletic 6-7 forward Mamadou Ndiaye, who Seton Hall was recruiting heavily when Tiny Morton was on the staff. It looks like 6-3 guard Antwon Portley is another Saint Peter’s freshman to keep an eye on.

Seton Hall may struggle to break down Saint Peter’s early, but they shouldn’t have too much trouble as a whole. Guys that gave them trouble two seasons ago like Dominique and Washington are gone, which will increase the Pirates’ chances by a good deal.

However, I’m sure Kevin Willard will stress the importance of not overlooking this game, which comes nearly a week before a big test against Wichita State.

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