To complete their non-conference slate, the Hall will host a still-developing South Florida team in the return game of a home-and-home series that will take place in Newark just before Christmas.
In his second season at South Florida, Bulls head coach Orlando Antigua looks like he will have to tout the “rebuilding” line again this year after posting a 9-23 (3-15) record in 2014-15 and losing two key players.
Roster subtractions: Corey Allen (15.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Anthony Collins (7.1 ppg, 5.6 apg, 2.6 rpg), Dinero Mercurius (3.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg),
Returnees to watch: Chris Perry (10.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg), Nehemias Morillo (10.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg), Troy Holston Jr. (7.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Bo Zeigler (6.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg), Ruben Guerrero (5.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg),
Key additions: Angel Nunez (Gonzaga; 2.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg), Roddy Peters (Maryland; 4.1 ppg, 2.1 apg)
The Bulls have taken a significant hit with the departure of both leading scorer Corey Allen to graduation and starting point guard Anthony Collins to a graduate transfer (Texas A&M).
Maryland transfer Roddy Peters will likely assume much of the burden at the point while Troy Holston Jr. and Nehemias Morillo look set to log a bunch of minutes at the two and three, respectively. Both guys can extend defenses to the three-point line and will probably look to do so after losing the volume scoring of Allen.
If Chris Perry has fully recovered from a mysterious health issue that kept him out of USF’s last 13 games, he will be as important as any player for Orlando Antigua. The center was averaging 10.8 ppg and 7.1 rpg before his prolonged absence including a 16-point, 8-board outing against the Hall as a sophomore last season.
USF will seek help from 6-11 centers Ruben Guerrero and Jaleel Cousins on the block, both of whom contributed a bunch of minutes in Perry’s absence. An unknown commodity will be 6-8 Gonzaga graduate transfer Angel Nunez, who has played little since his freshman season at Louisville in 2011-12.
The Bulls project to be better in 2016-17 with a core of Roddy Peters, Penn State transfer Geno Thorpe and Chris Perry, but they don’t look to pose too much of a threat this year.
Like Troy, Saint Peter’s, Rutgers, Dartmouth, and Wagner before them, South Florida is a non-conference game Seton Hall shouldn’t be losing.
Miss the rest of the Preview Series? See below:
- Seton Hall hosts Ivy League foe Dartmouth on opening night
- Wagner comes to Walsh Gym in final tuneup before Charleston Classic
- Hall faces Long Beach State in all-important first round of Charleston Classic
- A look at the rest of the Charleston Classic field, including top-10 Virginia
- The Hall will look for revenge against a tough Georgia team after Charleston
- George Washington will be a tough opponent again this year
- Can Seton Hall replicate last season’s blowout of Rutgers?
- A weak Troy team should mean a brief respite for the Pirates
- Seton Hall continues their long-standing series with Saint Peter’s
- Wichita State is the strongest non-league opponent in over a decade