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

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