It’s becoming an annual spring routine: following the Final Four, a tidal wave of graduate transfers and other unconventional recruiting targets hit the market — Seton Hall is in the mix for several already.
In addition to Quinnipiac freshman wing Peter Kiss — who will visit Iona and Seton Hall by the end of the weekend — and junior college combo guard Chris Darrington — who will visit Memphis this weekend and cut his list soon — the Hall’s coaching staff has thrown their hat in the ring with several graduate transfers and a de-commit recently.
I will parse through ESPN’s complete graduate and immediately eligible transfer list when it becomes available for even more potential Seton Hall targets, but a few names have already been linked to South Orange.
The first is Fairleigh Dickinson junior point guard Stephan Jiggetts. USF, George Washington, Seton Hall, and others have already called on the 6-1 Maryland native.
Jiggetts averaged 13.5 ppg and 4.2 apg as a junior after posting a meager nine points, two assists, and six turnovers in FDU’s opener at Walsh Gym.
I haven’t seen Jiggetts play outside of that game, but it’s obvious that the Hall is the one high-major that stands out on his current list of schools — the Big East may be too high a bar compared to the NEC. Jiggetts was originally a Siena commit that reneged and attended Albany before deciding to transfer to FDU before playing a game.
Next up is Green Bay graduate transfer Kerem Kanter, a 6-10 native of Turkey and younger brother of Oklahoma City Thunder star Enes. The junior averaged 11.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg in just 19 minutes of action per game after he saw under 10 minutes per game as a sophomore; he will visit Xavier shortly and has a string of other high-majors involved, which is of no surprise given his pedigree.
I doubt interest in Kanter is in any way related to Angel Delgado’s future, as adding a seasoned, immediately eligible big man who only compliment Delgado in the hypothetical 2017-18 paint.
A third new name is top-200 combo guard recruit Amauri Hardy of North Farmington, Michigan, who has heard from UNLV, Arkansas, Washington, Seton Hall, and several other high-majors since deciding not to attend Oklahoma State.
A three-star recruit according to every recruiting service except for ESPN (4*), the connection here is not immediately obvious unless assistant Fred Hill still has some mid-west ties left over from his days at Northwestern.
In other recruiting news, Latvian talent Roberts Blumbergs committed to Grand Canyon after a recent visit — Seton Hall had been linked to the post forward in recent weeks — while current Hutchinson (JuCo) and one-time Paterson Eastside (N.J.) star small forward Shakur Juiston is no longer listing Seton Hall after mutual interest a couple months back.
Seton Hall has eight returning scholarship players with Myles Cale (signed) and Darnell Brodie (verbal) expected to join as incoming freshmen, leaving three open scholarships.