The case for Bryce Aiken committing to Seton Hall

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Despite having no open scholarships, I’ll make the case for Seton Hall reeling in another top-100 guard in the Class of 2016.

As you probably know by now, top-100 Patrick School (N.J.) point guard Bryce Aiken accompanied two-guard and newest Pirate commit Myles Powell on an official visit from Thursday to Saturday.

A PSA Cardinals product, Aiken is down to Harvard, the Hall and Miami (Fla.) after visiting Harvard last weekend and still scheduled to visit Miami next weekend.

You’re probably also aware that Seton Hall currently only has one scholarship opening next summer which is vacated by Derrick Gordon after his graduate transfer year. In case you’re wondering, Braeden Anderson is also a grad transfer but has two years remaining, which is fairly rare.

That said, a bettor would like the odds of a scholarship opening up between the scenarios of Isaiah Whitehead and/or Angel Delgado pursuing professional opportunities or a reserve forward leaving the program for more playing time. Going even further, the scenario of two ‘ships opening up is not far-fetched.

Myles Powell has explicitly eluded to such a scenario happening in his attempt to lure Aiken to South Orange.

“Hopefully that Isaiah [Whitehead] will have a great year and will enter the league and that opens up a lot of space for me and Bryce to come in and handle what we go to handle,” Powell told Adam Zagoria of what he has spoke to Aiken about. “He’s a very good point guard, he thinks pass first would. He would be a very good player to play with.”

Seton Hall’s two-plus year pursuit of Powell is not dissimilar to their recruitment of Aiken, who they’ve been after since early 2013. The Patrick School point guard who has played alongside Angel Delgado for half a season has since watched Seton Hall games with Delgado before the latter’s commitment, went to last year’s Midnight Madness, attended several games last season and has been constantly tracked in both AAU and high school games.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that former St. Patrick’s star Grant Billmeier has recently re-joined Seton Hall’s staff.

Adding Aiken (No. 82 Scout, No. 99, No. 101 Rivals) would be a nice fit to the Hall’s guard depth, especially if it means replacing Isaiah Whitehead. Projecting forward, the Hall would presumably split point guard duties between junior Kansas State transfer Jevon Thomas and Aiken in 2016-17 while a junior Khadeen Carrington, sophomore Dalton Soffer and freshman Myles Powell play off the ball.

Having seen Aiken play during his sophomore and junior seasons, he has solidified his physique but still has room to improve in that area and brings an all-around skillset to the lead guard position. He certainly can set teammates up but also has the ability to score in bunches from beyond the arc.

Despite the optimism, 2016-17 is a long way off while Harvard and Miami are also in well with Bryce. For now, it’s time to enjoy Seton Hall landing a highly-rated local prospect in Myles Powell (without an asterisk attached, as some have noted), and time to speculate about a second top-100 target following him, solidifying a revival in Kevin Willard’s recruiting track record.

  • Jersey Jerry

    Sure do like the waters our Pirate Ship is sail’n in ~ keep it up and let’s GO HALL!!!

  • Matthew Masiello

    Do you think this and Powell could save Willard’s job if they don’t play in March again?

    • Carl MacDonald

      The short answer is no, it shouldn’t. If the hall doesn’t have a successful season this year, (NCAAs), it’s because KW can’t coach big major basketball. And no amount of talent is going to ever change that. Isaiah whitehead isn’t pro material either.

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  • earmbrister

    Chris — shows one spot available AFTER the Powell commit. I can’t find the discrepency; thoughts?

    It’s clear we need help at PG, and Aiken would seem to be a great fit.

    • earmbrister

      Upon further review …

      It looks like Anderson’s coming back for a second year is the discrepency, as you alluded to.

      • Yup! Beat me to it. Doesnt look like theyve expanded their scholarship tables to include some of these situations.