The drama keeps on coming for Seton Hall. Kevin Willard announced he has suspended senior forward Ismael Sanogo for a violation of team and university rules.
24 hours prior to a date with Manhattan to close out the non-conference schedule and a couple days removed from a Jordan Walker transfer scare, Willard has handed down punishment to one of his players that has managed to stay far from the proverbial dog house for most of his career.
“Ish has a responsibility to himself and his teammates to abide by all the rules of this university and team. Hopefully, he will understand the opportunity he has attending Seton Hall University, and he will make the changes he needs to make to be allowed back on this team,” said Willard in a release.
Sanogo was previously suspended along with Myles Powell for Seton Hall’s exhibition game against LIU-Post for an infraction deemed very minor by Willard.
“Just minor team violations. Nothing major, just minor. Just trying to keep everyone on track,” he said at the time.
Sanogo’s (4.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 spg) status going forward is uncertain — one would think he is back for Creighton next Thursday — but he will not play against Manhattan.
Redshirt junior Mike Nzei (5.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg), who started the first five games of the season and seven of 12 total, will pick up the extra minutes at power forward along with Sandro Mamukalashvili (3.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg)