There are big shoes to be filled at Seton Hall, and the Pirates’ coaching staff is actively working toward bringing in more talent this spring as part of the incoming recruiting class.
While it’s unfair to compare the 2018 class to the historic 2014 crop of players, Seton Hall is ranked 50th in 247Sports’ team composite rankings and sixth in the Big East, which is good but not great.
That number-crunch doesn’t include prep center Darnell Brodie, who joins point guard Anthony Nelson, true wing Jared Rhoden, and freshly-committed three-star post forward Valdir Manuel of The Patrick School (N.J.).
Following a long recruitment that swayed from one end of the spectrum to the other, Manuel pledged to the Pirates last Friday, joining sit-out transfer Taurean Thompson, junior college redshirt Romaro Gill, and Brodie as newcomers to Seton Hall’s new-look frontcourt next season; here is an additional piece from the APP on Manuel’s decision.
Currently with zero scholarships to give but with the ever-present possibility of a roster departure, Seton Hall has reportedly offered four-star UConn point guard decommit James Akinjo.
Akinjo has received his release from the school and it sounds like Georgetown is circling with Patrick Ewing already conducting an in-home visit; Arizona and Wichita State have also visited the six-foot guard.
It seems unlikely that the California-native winds up in South Orange, but the fact that Seton Hall is actively recruiting a point guard is telling and could indicate that the staff is in the market for a graduate transfer point guard, and/or there will be an outgoing transfer from the current backcourt — I’ll let you do the speculating.
Elsewhere, Seton Hall is also in the mix for four-star recruit Blake Hinson of Kansas’ Sunrise Christian Academy. The 6-foot-7 forward recently decided to reclassify from 2019 and looks to have a top five of Illinois, Washington State, Seton Hall, Ole Miss, and Missouri. It was initially reported a week ago that Hinson had a final three of Illinois, Washington State, and Seton Hall, for whatever that is worth; it sounds like Illinois is the favorite as of now.
Similar to the point guard situation, it seems clear that Hinson is being recruited in the event that Mike Nzei were to leave the team after he graduates in May. Seton Hall is still actively pursuing him in addition to their recent pledge from Valdir Manuel.