Hours after his official visit to South Orange, 6-10 big man Sandro Mamukelashvili (Montverde, Fla.) verbally pledged to Seton Hall on Thursday.
— Mamu (@Mamukelashvili5) April 20, 2017
A three-star recruit that Seton Hall’s staff thinks can contribute immediately next season in the mold of former Pirate forward Patrik Auda, Mamukelashvili officially visited Vanderbilt and South California last month before committing to the Hall this week; I’m told assistant Grant Billmeier was the point man here.
Mamukelashvili was born in New York City but largely raised in the nation of Georgia, which surely played a role in his recruitment considering Seton Hall’s past and current international ties.
Sandro joins Newark East Side (N.J.) center Darnell Brodie as part of Seton Hall’s 2017 class and will likely compete for time as the first or second forward off of Kevin Willard’s bench should Angel Delgado stay for his senior season.
UPDATED (4/24) — Kevin Willard had the following to say about his newest addition:
“We are very excited to welcome Sandro into the Seton Hall basketball family,” Willard said. “He is only 17, and yet he is a very skilled passer and ball handler, and he shoots very well for someone his size. It is clear he has been mentored by one of the more respected high school coaches in the country in Coach Boyle. We think he has a very high ceiling, and we are looking forward to coaching him and developing his potential.”
Seton Hall now has two open scholarships and no current point guards on their roster; it looks like Trevon Duval is headed to Duke in the wake of his mysterious Wednesday visit to the ACC school.