Seton Hall offers local juniors Andre Rafus and Jordan Pierce, Myles Powell to visit and more

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A handful of Seton Hall recruiting bits have surfaced over the last few days including a scheduled visit for 2016 guard Myles Powell.

To start, 2017 forwards Andre Rafus (Roselle Catholic, N.J.) and Jordan Pierce (Union Catholic, N.J.) have been extended offers by Seton Hall last Thursday and Friday, respectively. Standing at 6-foot-10, Pierce’s offer is the forward’s first; the junior plays within walking distance of my parents’ house in Scotch Plains.

Jeremy Schneider of NJ Advance Media writes that Jordan has received interest from Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, Drexel and Saint Peter’s.

As the other Union County target, 6-foot-8 Andre Rafus has picked up offers from around a dozen high majors according to Rivals. Rafus formerly played for St. Frances Academy of Baltimore before transferring to Roselle Catholic over the summer. I’m told Shaheen Holloway and Grant Billmeier, who only recently re-joined the Pirates’ coaching staff, have been in contact.

In even bigger news, 2016 guard Myles Powell has announced that he will take an official visit to South Orange this weekend.

The Hall has been in pursuit on Powell long before it was announced they made his final list a few weeks ago. The top-100 prospect visited South Orange unofficially in June, attended several games last season and has been at the last two Midnight Madness events.

The 6-2 guard recently transferred to South Kent (Conn.) after featuring at Trenton Catholic Academy and for the the NJ Playaz on the AAU circuit. UConn, DePaul, VCU and Pittsburgh are also in the mix, but I’ve heard that the coaching staff is in very good shape with Powell right now. 8 of 8 recruiting analysts on 247Sports.com have predicted him to ultimately choose Seton Hall.

Seton Hall was out to see 2016 guard Eron Gordon of Indianapolis Cathedral (In.) last Thursday. I was able to confirm the news first reported here and I’m told he isn’t a new target despite the Hall and Gordon not being linked before.

2017 wing/shooting guard Lonnie Walker of Reading (Pa.) has also been offered by the staff. The Team Final prospect had previously earned offers from the likes of Villanova, Indiana, Oregon, UCLA, Ohio State, Stanford and Miami (Fla.) since February. You can check out a detailed scouting report of Lonnie here.

  • hallstorm

    I guess the question is what if both Aiken and Powell both want to come. Is this a possible scenario given that we only have 1 scholarship to give?

    • The Other Matt

      Let me preface this by saying I apologize if I’m incorrect, but I believe Chris answered this before when someone else asked a similar question (not to imply that you have or should have saw it). There is a distinct possibility that the situation may handle itself with the reality being there could always end up being someone who transfers, leaves, or is dismissed from the program between now and next season. Whitehead could very well leave at the end of this season (whether he has a good season or not), which I know may be after both decide to make their decision. Or one of the players in the front court who don’t see that much playing time this season may decide to leave in search of greener pastures, as pretty much all of the 3-5’s are tentatively set to return next season as well.

      I believe the staff would accept commitments from both Powell and Aiken, if in fact they were willing to commit from the program, even if there should only be one scholarship available at the time. Not to insinuate they’d be willing, wanting, or hoping that someone leaves the program or force someone out the door, but rather them knowing and understanding the reality that there is a definite possibility the Seton Hall roster of today minus Derrick Gordon won’t be the same as it is come this time next season.

      • Right. Regardless of the likelihood of there being another open scholarship, which I think is very high, it’s still a bit unorthodox for another commit to pledge in the fall, which seems to be the case for both Aiken and Powell. I don’t think it’s fair for me to predict what the staff will do.

        The hope of course is that Whitehead/Delgado play so well, they get serious professional opportunities.

      • Well, fresh off the Twitter press…. https://twitter.com/AdamZagoria/status/644132342303453184

        • The Other Matt

          Thanks for the update Chris, I appreciate it.

      • hallstorm

        My actual point in stating that wasn’t the actual situation that transpires (i.e. the “likelihoods” or specifics on how it would work), it was more of a statement (although I admit I didn’t phrase it as such).

        I guess my question to Chris is:

        Should we expect a transfer or two every season? Is there always going to be some sort of forcing out of lesser players who Williard later wants out the door?

        I understand the recruiting game–some players are “conditionally” given an offer if a better player doesn’t accept that same open offer later on in the recruiting period. Coaches convince the lesser player that he would be better off at another school.

        I guess my real question is: With Jevon Thomas becoming eligible next season, how many point guards do we need to carry?

        Added to the fact that per Adam Zagoria, Bryce Aiken is going to decide this fall after his Miami visit. If he commits to the Hall, can Seton Hall still go after Powell even if Whitehead or Delgado hasn’t declared to go pro? I know they can recruit anyone they want to, but doesn’t that create some unrest within with SHU basketball community?

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