Currently playing with two open scholarships for the current crop of high school seniors, Seton Hall is closing in on a series of 2019 recruits on the recruiting trails.
The most well-known name of the group is Patrick School (N.J.) and NJ Playaz point guard Al-Amir Dawes, a local product who Seton Hall offered nearly three years ago and was recruited by former assistant Shaheen Holloway.
A 6-foot-2 four-star prospect just outside of 247Sports’s top-100, Dawes is taking an official visit to St. John’s this weekend after they conducted an in-home visit with him earlier this week.
This weekend’s visit to Queens will be followed up promptly by an in-home with Seton Hall on Monday after the Hall’s staff has watched Dawes quite a few times over the tail-end of the summer.
Al-Amir Dawes, a class of 2019 guard from The Patrick School (NJ), will have an in-home visit with Seton Hall next Monday.
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Dawes has already went on officials to Providence and Clemson while UConn, TCU, La Salle, and Wichita State are also in the mix.
While Clemson — who hosted Dawes last weekend — are the favorite on 247’s Crystal Ball, Dawes did admit that Seton Hall is the only school that has been involved with him for all four years of his high school career.
Elsewhere, fellow local lead guard Tyson Etienne of Putnam Science Academy (Conn.) is a name to keep tabs on as the top-150 prospect visits Wichita State this weekend.
The former Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.) play-maker has also visited Oklahoma after meeting with the coaching staffs of Minnesota, Seton Hall, and VCU a few weeks ago; he has visited VCU and the Hall unofficially.
Rated similarly to Dawes, Etienne is also considered at the top of Seton Hall’s wish list, at least as far as guards are concerned.
The last 2019 guard on the Pirates’ shortlist is — you guessed it — also a local kid.
Our Saviour Lutheran (N.Y.) guard Dashawn Davis cut his list to St. John’s, Seton Hall, and Old Dominion nearly a month ago and was supposed to announce his decision earlier this week before pushing it off.
A three-star recruit that is flying under the radar more compared to Dawes and Etienne, Davis recently attended a St. John’s practice but according to Zach Braziller of the NY Post, he doesn’t expect a Red Storm commitment, claiming they haven’t even offered.
This could be a case of Old Dominion offering immediate minutes and a commitable offer, while Seton Hall would prefer to score a higher-rated prospect like Dawes/Etienne while selling a two-year path to playing time to Davis; the only two 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions say Seton Hall is the destination.
Moving away from the backcourt, it looks like the staff won’t be afraid to pursue junior college options as they have offered 6’5 guard/wing Brandon Rachal of Pearl River (MS).
A current sophomore who played averaged 4.4 ppg & 3.3 rpg in 16 mpg as a freshman at LSU last season before transferring in the spring, Rachal got most of his work done within the arc (1-5 from 3pt) and could be considered more a wing/slasher than the “shooting” guard labels I have seen associated with his style of play.
It looks like this is Rachal’s first offer since leaving his former SEC home. He would have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2019-20.
Continuing with wings and forwards that are also being courted by the coaching staff, 6’6 Philly-native small forward Donta Scott of Imhotep Institute (Pa.) and Philly Pride is being recruited by Kevin Willard and assistant Duane Woodward.
A three-star, top-150 recruit, Scott visited Seton Hall unofficially in August after being offered in July and has been tracked by the staff over the weeks since seeing South Orange.
As scheduled, he is visiting South Carolina this weekend after seeing La Salle last weekend and Seton Hall and Temple the week before that; Maryland is also in the mix.
Seton Hall’s shortlist of guys who will spend most of their time in the paint is indeed short, in part due to the surplus of big men (Gill, Obiagu, Sandro, Thompson, Brodie) that will remain on next season’s roster with only Mike Nzei projected to depart.
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That said, one name to watch is four-star big Tyrese Samuel (Orangeville Prep, Ontario), who was offered a few weeks back after Georgetown did the same in early September to go with a handful of other high-major offers over the past calendar year.
In sum, Seton Hall is going after several point/combo guards who roughly project as filling the shoes of Myles Powell and Quincy McKnight a few years down the road. The staff also looks keen on pursuing a wing as the Hall currently has sophomore Myles Cale and freshman Jared Rhoden in that spot, which is far from the depth that can be seen at forward, hence much less activity on that front in 2019.
With high school basketball season rapidly approaching, we should see recruits narrow their lists even further and set decision dates in the coming days and weeks.