Seton Hall has picked up their second commitment from a New York City recruit in a week’s span.
What you all been waiting for! Sorry for the wait! 🙏🏾 gods gift keeps on giving! pic.twitter.com/uFjQVGx8eS
— JR (@ihoop_jaay) October 28, 2017
The faint but growing complaints about Seton Hall’s 2018 recruiting class seem a long time ago now that wing Jared Rhoden (NY Lightning/Our Savior Lutheran, N.Y.) has decided to join up with Harlem’s Anthony Nelson.
Rated a 3-star recruit (#150 composite) by 247Sports, Rhoden chose Seton Hall over Penn State, Saint Louis, and Wichita State, having visited each school on consecutive weekends since the end of September, with the Nittany Lions receiving the final visit last weekend.
Despite his recruiting ranking not turning heads, this is an important pick-up for Seton Hall with senior small forward Desi Rodriguez’s impending departure next spring leaving them with little depth at the ‘3’ for next season’s projected roster.
Rhoden will help fill that void, but at this juncture it should be expected that Kevin Willard will play a little unorthodox at times in the form of a three-guard look or even 6-foot-10 Sandro Mamukelashvili at “small” forward, though it’s tough to project so far out.
As you can see in the videos below, Rhoden has the ability to score in multiple ways like a guard including from the perimeter, but also has the length and athleticism of a forward like Desi Rodriguez.
Now with three 2018 commitments — Rhoden, Anthony Nelson, Darnell Brodie — Seton Hall will likely turn to landing a power forward with their last remaining scholarship.
4-star Patrick School big Valdir Manuel has been thought of as a shoo-in to end up in South Orange for a while now, but his recruitment has mysteriously gone silent of late, casting some doubt on what seemed like a foregone conclusion.
Landing a big of Manuel’s caliber or above would solidify a quietly impressive 2018 recruiting class that should include sit-out transfers Quincy McKnight and Taurean Thompson.