Seton Hall misses out on Jalen Carey, Luther Muhammad

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Seton Hall has missed the cut for local top-100 guards Jalen Carey and Luther Muhammad.

A two-guard from Hudson Catholic (N.J.), Muhammad leaving Seton Hall off of his list of five — Xavier, Ohio State, St. John’s, Virginia, West Virginia — is the less surprising piece of news.

Despite keep closing tabs on him last month during the July live period, St. John’s has been ahead of Seton Hall as the top local school for many months now, as I wrote in July.

The more bitter pill to swallow is Immaculate Conception (N.J.) lead guard Jalen Carey choosing Rutgers as part of his final six schools and not the Hall, who have pursued him furiously over recent months.

Kansas, Miami, Villanova, UConn, and Syracuse also made the list of the ever-improving point guard, who had a big July. At least to me, Carey was considered the best and most realistic option behind five-star target Jahvon Quinerly.

Luther Muhammad’s decision is much less of a concern here as two-guard is clearly the least-needed position as far as 2018 recruits go.

Jalen Carey leaves Seton Hall barren of top-100 options for a 2018 point guard should Jahvon Quinerly go elsewhere; it sounds like he is close to committing to Arizona — 247Sports’ Crystal Ball tends to back those rumors up. Edit (8/8): Quinerly decides tonight between Arizona and Villanova.

Assuming Carey and Quinerly are both out of the picture, Seton Hall’s staff is looking at these recruits as potentially joining up with a sophomore Jordan Walker next summer:

Marcus Zegarowski (Tilton School, Mass.) – A 2-star prospect, the Expressions Elite guard received an offer in June shortly after VCU, Rutgers, Washington, Arizona State, and Creighton did the same; the staff made sure to watch him last month. Edit (8/8): Creighton, Ohio State, Minnesota, and Washington made his final four.

Anthony Nelson (South Kent, Conn.) – NY Lightning guard with ties to the New York area who, like Zegarowski, is not highly ranked and plays in the New England region. Nelson is 6-4 and can play several positions; he visited Seton Hall in June prior to Monmouth and Rhode Island.  The staff was also sure to watch last month while UNLV, USF, and Minnesota all offered.

Nate Hinton (Gaston Day, N.C.) – A 6-6 combo guard from North Carolina, Hinton appears to be an odd offer this late in the 2018 recruiting cycle when coupled with not being a local target. That said, his frame matches a trend of Seton Hall’s staff offering longer two-guards and wings; I wrote about Hinton briefly when Seton Hall offered a couple weeks ago — Florida State, Georgetown, and Tennessee have swooped in since.

Tyrese Martin (Massanutten Military Academy, Va.) – Seton Hall’s latest offer has been extended to Martin, a 6-4 two-guard. While Martin doesn’t impact the above point guard recruitment, he does join 2018 targets Jared Rhoden and Emmitt Matthews, Jr. as lengthy (6’4+) options on the wing that the staff has started to pursue over the last month or two.

While Seton Hall’s recruitment of a 2018 floor general may appear dire, don’t forget that you have yet to see what Jordan Walker can do at a Division I level and that ineligible Sacred Heart transfer Quincy McKnight is capable of playing a lead guard role in 2018-19.