Still in search of a point guard for next season, I can’t think of many 2017 prospects the staff has pursued more primed for the job than Patrick School (N.J.) floor general Jordan Walker.
Ranked No. 91 by Rivals as part of the 2018 class, and a three-star recruit according to 247Sports, ESPN, and Scout, Walker hails from a local pipeline school in Elizabeth, New Jersey’s The Patrick School, the alma mater of assistant coach Grant Billmeier along with lead recruiter and associate head coach Shaheen Holloway.
As reported on this site, Walker has been on the staff’s radar for close to a year now with an offer coming from the staff last September; at the time, Seton Hall was the third major school to offer after Kansas State and VCU.
In the realm of mutual interest, Walker was a mainstay behind the Pirates’ bench and was spotted at more Seton Hall games this past season than some season ticket holders — it has been thought that the 5-10 point guard favors South Orange but has been in somewhat of a holding pattern due to the recruitment of Trevon Duval and potential prep ball options that surfaced over a month ago.
Along with Duval, the only other thing that appears to have been pumping the brakes on Walker is his size and his turnover prone nature while doing the heavy lifting as Patrick School’s ball-handler this season en route to a Tournament of Champions title over Don Bosco Prep in March.
On the way to earning a ring, Walker racked up 15 points and 12 assists against top-50 2018 target Jahvon Quinerly (Hudson Catholic), 14 and 8 against Temple-bound Nate Pierre-Louis (Roselle Catholic) and finally 17 and 5 in the title game; Walker also scored 31 along with 7 dimes against Linden earlier in the season.
While it appears clear his size was not an issue at the high school level, the question remains of how it will translate to the next level and I’m sure that is a concern of the staff’s.
But should it be? Just look to recent Seton Hall point guard history.
Jordan Walker will be following in some cherished footsteps of point guards like 5-10 Rice (N.Y.) product Andre Barrett (2000-04), 5-10 Donald Copeland (2002-06) of St. Anthony, and who else other than a 5-10 St. Patrick’s alum and McDonald’s All-American floor general that played from 1996-00 named Shaheen Holloway.
As far as natural point guards recruited out of high school — if you don’t count Isaiah Whitehead — Walker would also be the first since top-100 Paterson Catholic (N.J.) product Jordan Theodore committed to Bobby Gonzalez as part of the 2008 class.
For all the reasons above, Jordan Walker looks like a perfect fit for Seton Hall.
He may not excel right away and could require tutoring plus on-court support from senior guard Khadeen Carrington, who attempted to convert to point guard last summer, but Walker’s upside may reach the heights of the aforementioned point guard greats that called South Orange home.
Now it comes down to one of those greats — Shaheen Holloway — closing the deal and getting in the lab with a point guard that may remind him of himself.