Nelson and Moore visit for start of practice; Louisville hoops on fire

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Seton Hall receives a pair of 2018 recruiting visitors for the start of official practices on Friday as the season inches even closer to starting.

Just a day or two after the recent nation-wide FBI recruiting investigation that has left Rick Pitino unemployed went public, the Hall will host key 2018 recruiting visitors Anthony Nelson (South Kent, Conn.) and Khalid Moore (Archbishop Molloy, N.Y.).

Nelson, a 6’4 point guard, and Moore, a local N.Y.C. wing, will get to see what it’s like for a top-25 team preparing for what’s ahead. 

In other recruiting news, Montverde Academy (Fl.) point guard Andrew Nembhard has trimmed Seton Hall from his list while Emmitt Matthews Jr. has committed to UConn shortly after an in-home visit with Grant Billmeier, who flew all the way to Washington state.

On a positive note, Our Saviour Luthern (N.Y.) three-star wing Jared Rhoden has include the Pirates on his final list along with Wichita State, Penn State, Saint Louis and Santa Clara; Rhoden joins Moore as local options at the ‘3’ in the wake of Louis King pledging to Oregon.

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Three weeks away from Big East Media Day and about a month out from Seton Hall’s opening exhibition game, it looks like the recent FBI investigation is going to overturn plenty of stones include the shake-up of opponent Louisville, which was pegged as the 7th-best non-conference game by NBC Sports. 

A consensus top-10 team coming into the season has a very uncertain future that could very well see heavy sanctions and the option for players to leave without sitting out, which is a shame from a Seton Hall perspective as the home-and-home was seen as a big win.

The obvious tie between the two programs is Kevin Willard being a part of Pitino’s coaching tree. I have seen multiple people ask me if Hall fans should be worried about Louisville poaching Willard. I think that would be sure-fire P.R. disaster since Willard has referred to Pitino as his mentor while the former Cardinal coach vouched heavily for Willard when he was at Iona. 

Plus, voluntarily walking into that situation is going to alienate most coaches that would be tempted. There is nothing to worry about.