Seton Hall recruiting: Pirates host local talent, set sights on DMV

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As the summer starts to wind down, Seton Hall’s staff has offered several new 2018 targets and hosted a few highly-rated juniors on unofficial visits all while the Pirates look to remain on the trimmed lists of several rising seniors.

Now in the dog days of the off-season and a few weeks since our last look at Seton Hall’s recruiting endeavors, all of the above has happened and more as the Hall’s fans flock to the Jersey Shore or their local pool to seek reprieve from the unforgiving heat.

First up is the most recent news in which four local prospects set foot in South Orange over the last few days.

Standout 2018 Sports U and Hudson Catholic (N.J.) trio Jahvon Quinerly, Louis King and Luther Muhammad all took an unofficial visit together on Thursday, a day after 2017 point guard Isaiah Washington (St. Raymond, N.Y.) did the same.

Part of the ‘Fab 5’ group that includes Atiba Taylor Jr. and Naz Reid, Quinerly, Muhammad and King play the the one through three spots, respectively, and are all consensus top-100 players in the 2018 class, making their well-known and steady recruitment by Seton Hall’s staff a big deal.

The trio, especially guards Quinerly and Muhammad, have attended numerous Seton Hall games and have been tracked all over the AAU circuit, not to mention how they play school ball just 12 miles from Seton Hall’s campus; Louis King transferred from Pope John to Hudson Catholic in February and will lace ’em up with his AAU teammates this coming season.

Shifting attention to floor general Isaiah Washington, the New Heights and N.Y.C. product is perhaps leading the pack of what has been a congested search for a point guard out of the 2017 class.

Guys like top-10 lead guard Trevon Duval (API, Texas), Nate Pierre-Louis (Roselle Catholic, N.J.), Nojel Eastern (Evanston, Ill.), and Matt Coleman (Oak Hill Academy, Va.) are still names to keep an eye on. Coleman recently included Seton Hall on a trimmed list of ten schools while Philly’s Quade Green has axed the Pirates.

Moving on to some new prospects to remember, the staff looks like it has shifted its focus a bit to the familiar DMV area, which if you remember, has been an area they’ve attempted to mine during the earlier Kevin Willard years.

2018 G Prentiss Hubb (Gonzaga College, D.C.)
2018 F Bryce Golden (Saint James, Md.)
2018 F Jermaine Harris (Clinton Christian, Md.)
2018 F Nate Roberts (John Carroll School, Md.)

All from the DMV area, Seton Hall offered the 2018 four-some over a two-day span a few weeks ago.

The most decorated of the group and the lone guard, Prentiss Hubb is a top-50 prospect and is favoring Maryland. With offers from the Terps, Virginia, Villanova, Georgetown, Xavier and others, Seton Hall’s late-July offer likely comes too late here.

The second highest-rated prospect is top-100 forward Bryce Golden of Saint James School in Maryland. With offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh and Saint Joseph’s since April, Seton Hall is the latest school to come calling for the 6-foot-7 small forward.

Next up is emerging 6-foot-8 prospect Nate Roberts Jr.

With only one high-major offer (Cincinnati) until a month ago, Roberts was tabbed as “emerging” by Scout’s Evan Daniels back in March prior to Clemson, Indiana, Kansas State and now Seton Hall joining the Bearcats.

It’ll be interesting to see what comes of Seton Hall’s recruitment of the 6-foot-8 prospect who sits just inside 247Sports’ top-150 composite rankings.

Lastly is the diamond in the rough of the bunch, DC Premier power forward Jermaine Harris. Another Maryland-based target, Harris was without any offers until Rhode Island and Providence did so last month just prior to Seton Hall.

Not included in any major recruiting rankings, Jermaine sounds like the most conventional post player of the three and is also receiving interest from Boston College, VCU, USC and George Mason. He was mostly likely spotted by the staff in games against WE R1 and Sports U during the Under Armour Association finals in which he totaled 21 points and 11 boards over those two games.

Targets that have eliminated Seton Hall over the last few weeks:

2017 PG Wabissa Bede
2017 PG Quade Green
2017 C Deng Gak
2017 PF Ejike Obinna

  • JJer

    JJer • 4 months ago
    A nit: Nate Pierre-Louis plays for Roselle Catholic. He left St. Benedict’s for Roselle Catholic last year.
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    Chris McManus Mod JJer • 4 months ago
    Thanks. Have that correct on my recruiting map but it gets tough juggling 20+ names & their schools (most from memory) when there are transfers, haha.

    Copied from this: http://disq.us/p/17ins3z

    • This is at least the second time you’ve corrected me on this. Third time: shame on me? 🙂

      • LBP

        Understand that Nate Pierre-Louis is really leaning to UConn

  • PadrePirate

    Thanks for the coverage, Chris. Do we have any 2017 PG commits yet?

    • Matty P

      I know that our only commit so far has been Myles Cale for 2017, but I’m not sure if he’s more of a SG, PG, or combo guard who’s listed by most sites as a SG. Could anyone else give some insight on if he’s a capable PG. I feel like when I’ve heard about him he typically has had the ball in his hands, but that could always be more of a factor of being the best player on a HS team.

      • Fishjam

        Cale seems to be more of a 2. The staff is trying hard to add a PG in 2017. They are still in on Duval and Coleman but they are unlikely gets. The 2 best and realistic PGs for 2017 are 2 NYC kids, Isaiah Washington and Jose Alvarado.

        Washington is a brash, flashy kid who patterns his game after Whitehead but is quicker and smaller 6’1. He’s really good, Top 75 on most lists. Unless his dream school (Syracuse – blah) offers, we have an excellent chance.

        Alvarado is a small (generously listed at 6’0 160) guy who doesn’t wow with any one skill but is a natural floor general. Everyone who knows or sees him says one thing about him….he’s a winner. Tough city kid who sets up his teammates and finds ways to get to the rim. Kind of reminds me of Van Vleet from Wichita St. Rutgers wants him real bad.

        • hallstorm

          I also think Duval and Coleman will be tough to get to come here. That being said– how realistic would the possibility of getting a commit from Eastern be? I know Michigan State is the obvious front-runner due to geography, but I also know Williard was in on him early. Our pursuit has seemed to cool lately, but is there a chance this kid has interest to come out east? A 6’6″ pg is a rare commodity.

          • Fishjam

            Our coaches love Eastern and are still using resources to go after him. He’s a rare player who can play 1 thru 3 easily and is highly sought after. He’s in Mich, Mich St, Ohio St, Xavier, Purdue country and they all want him bad also. But our staff hasn’t given up on him yet so maybe we have a shot. He’s a top 50 player and was the last cut on the national team so everyone is aware of his talent and I think he’d really be a tough get.

            . Duval is the #1 rated PG in the country and still has us on his top 10 as does Matt Coelman and Trent Frazier but I doubt they are obtainable. Duval has some off-court question marks and won’t decide until late Spring. Heck he hasn’t even chosen a HS yet!!

            I think we are more focused on Eastern and the 2 NYC PGs.
            As I’ve indicated, I believe Washington and Alvarado are our 2 most realistic gets and we aren’t going to settle for anyone who isn’t a priority target this year with possibly only 1 opening. Alvarado was on campus today and Isaiah a few days ago. I’d be happy if we could get either of them to sign early autumn.

    • Like others have added, no. Cale is not a PG (think Aaron Cosby as of now).

      As I hinted at above, there are still a few pretty good 2017 PGs on the radar. My opinion is that Isaiah Washington is just ahead of the pack. I have my doubts that Trevon Duval will qualify. Nojel Eastern (think Billy Garrett Jr.) and Nate Pierre-Louis probably round out my top-3 of guys the staff has hounded for a bit now.

  • hallstorm

    Chris,

    I haven’t heard about this guy from your behalf:

    http://247sports.com/player/darnell-brodie-84986

    He is a 2017 6’9″ center from Putnam Science Academy in CT. 8 our of 8 of the recruiting experts think he will come to us. Do you have any information on him? Is there interest from the coaching staff for this kid?

    • I’m not being sarcastic when I say that the search feature for this site works pretty quick and well if you’re looking for key terms like a name. If you just pop his name into the search bar, it will auto populate all stories he’s included in.

      Here we go: http://shuhoops.com/seton-hall-recruiting/seton-hall-reaches-2018s-eric-ayala-offer/

      • hallstorm

        Ok–thanks. Now that you brought that reference up, I remember. I guess it hasn’t seemed like we were in hot pursuit, but according to the “recruiting experts”, it seems like there has been extreme interest from both sides since last week.

        Also, it’s encouraging to see that the latest “crystal ball” prediction, I. Washington may choose the Hall.

        I realize this is all second-hand knowledge, but it’s certainly promising news.