Bryce Aiken to decide tomorrow

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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 recruiting analysts think? Mostly Harvard, including lead analyst Jerry Meyer.

  • Kevin Gilroy

    So your telling him if he’s reading this, your opinion “Harvard” is his best fit…..??? Didn’t see that coming from you making the case for him.committing earlier ….Amakers payroll..???

    • Matty P

      I’m sure Chris would love to have SHU land Aiken. Unfortunately there are times when you need to be realistic and realize some kids might fit better at a school other than SHU. It’s a situation where at Harvard he only splits time for one year with a senior or coming to SHU and splitting time with Thomas for 2 seasons. Plus as Chris mentioned if making the NCAA tournament is a larger factor for him then Harvard would be the bigger draw considering their recent success of making it to the NCAAs and winning games vs SHU that hasn’t made it since ’06.

      Plus if you look at the Harvard recruiting class for this year it’s ranked in the top 10 according to ESPN which I’m sure would be a big draw to a freshman. So you know they are going to be telling him he’s the final piece to their puzzle.

      • VinBick

        Plus, every kid with talent knows that Willard is walking the plank right out of South Orange come March unless he has suddenly become a capable leader of a Division I program. Does anyone here believe such a miracle is happening this winter?

        • Kevin Gilroy


          • VinBick

            Fropm your keyboard to God’s Ears, let us pray……

      • Kevin Gilroy

        Just a couple con’s Matty. Not close to home, not even close in television exposure for all his friends and family to enjoy.. FOX 1sports. Not even close in talent BE vs IVY. If he chooses Harvard the favorite as of now, its for the education and who could blame him. Just hate losing a local to Amaker….

    • It’s my take that the combination of academics/college experience, league skill level and potential playing time is the best at Harvard.

      I’ve always taken pride in being objective and this is no different.

      • Kevin Gilroy

        Chris…im just messing with ya. By no means do I believe your writing or anyone else’s could influence him on his decision…

  • Pirate On The Panhandle

    I was in
    the gym @ Fairfax (VA) High School when Tommy signed w/Coach K and a few times
    when Tommy was ‘da Hall’s coach … he’s a GR8 recruiter and has a real good
    track record of making it to ‘da Dance … I like Tommy; didn’t like what he did
    to us when he left however. Sure would
    be nice to see Bryce stay at home and play w/Myles ~ will be watching in a few hours when he make
    the call.