Seton Hall has a chance to land a second top-100 guard in the Class of 2016 on Thursday when Patrick School (N.J.) floor general Bryce Aiken makes his decision between the Pirates, Miami (Fla.) and Harvard.
Following top-100 two-guard Myles Powell’s pledge to Seton Hall a few weeks ago, he was fairly open about his intention to lure fellow New Jersey product Bryce Aiken to South Orange.
In a two-plus week period since, which has included an official visit to visit Miami’s campus, Aiken has made up his mind and is set to announce tomorrow.
We already know the situation for Bryce at Seton Hall: his commitment hinges somewhat on next summer’s departure of Isaiah Whitehead to hoop professionally, though that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case to open a scholarship for Aiken. Between Whitehead, Angel Delgado and an outgoing transfer, you can bet a scholarship will be freed up.
Aiken would split time with Kansas State point guard Jevon Thomas, who is eligible next season, depending on their respective improvement over the next 12 months. Lastly, Seton Hall is of course the hometown school for Bryce.
But how about Harvard and Miami, the Hall’s two main competitors?
I think Harvard is the overall best fit. Aside from outstanding academics, the Crimson always have a good shot at making the NCAA tournament and there is time available at point guard under Tommy Amaker. Senior point guard Siyani Chambers (9.9 ppg, 4.3 apg) will sit out this season with a torn ACL and could return next season, but this projected depth chart is little different than Seton Hall’s.
As for Miami, they also boast a head-turning college experience and play in a top-three conference (Big Ten, Big 12, ACC). Further, the ‘Canes graduate senior point guard Angel Rodriguez in the spring and have little to replace him with outside of unproven sophomore Philly guard Ja’Quan Newton (13.5 mpg last season); this is perhaps the best playing time option for Aiken, though throwing a freshman guard straight into the high seas of ACC play won’t be easy.
What do some of the 247Sports.com recruiting analysts think? Mostly Harvard, including lead analyst Jerry Meyer.