Seton Hall lands commitment from Jared Rhoden

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Seton Hall has picked up their second commitment from a New York City recruit in a week’s span.

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.

  • SHU95

    Looks like another solid pick up… Wing is an area of need, so he should see minutes right away on what i think is shaping up to be a good team going forward. Throw in his former teammate’s commit earlier in the week, and that likely sealed the deal for SHU. One more’ship…wouldn’t mind them holding onto it if they aren’t enamored with anyone. 2019 looks like a really strong class & it would apppear now they have enough depth for next season.

  • 11yearplan

    Nice to see he picked the school, in part, because of the great business school. Great addition to the team. November can’t come soon enough.

  • PadrePirate

    Is Brodie really a lock? It was unclear there for a while. Can’t remember what the final word on that was.

    What will our front court look like in 2018? Nzei for another year, right? Then TT, Gill, Sandro (depending on whether he plays more like a 3 or 4). Even with Brodie, that’s pretty thin to have 4-5 bigs covering the 4 and 5 spots. If a strong freshman like Manuel is available, jump. If not, keep it for 2019.

    • Matty P

      My understanding from some articles is that Brodie signed his NLI and would need to be released from it by SHU if he expects to attend another school.

      Nzei has one more season so the PF/C situation would be Nzei, TT, Gill, Sandro, and Brodie. I haven’t read much about Manuel, but he seems high on everyone’s wish list, so I wouldn’t mind adding someone like that as another addition for depth.

      • This is the official status. But Brodie prepping is largely due to how little he was projected to impact the roster this year. Perhaps if he doesn’t show some progress this winter, you know never.

  • fouline

    Really nice pickup. not great but solid.

    • RonD

      The exciting thing about Nelson and Rhoden is that they are developing late. Remember, both these guys began to shine on the AAU circuit this past summer and are just going into their senior years in HS. They are going to be even better by the time they get to SHU.

      • fouline

        All recruiting is a risk. But lets hope they are better by the time they get to play for us.

        • RonD

          They are both good now. Will only get better. The great thing about where the program is at is that neither guy will be forced into the fire before they are ready. As frosh they’ll be depth. As sophomores they’ll be in the rotation. As juniors/seniors they’ll be pushing for starters roles.

  • RonD

    As noted on Pirates Hoop Chat, what’s also really nice about Nelson and Rhoden is that they are both from the NY Lightning AAU team (Nike) coached by Dana Dingle. Possible pipeline.

    • Carrington and Delgado also played for the NY Lightning. Pipeline indeed.

  • LBP

    Guess the Sky has stopped falling

  • Matty P

    Two nice additions to the team in the past couple of days. These are the type of players who can provide some depth for next season and help the team over the course of the next 4 seasons which should help provide stability for the program.

  • VinBick

    Was Dezi a three or four-star coming out of high school? Getting two kids who are experienced playing together is a real plus. Keep the pipeline of local kids coming to South Orange! Go Pirates!!!!

    • Maybe a 3 at best. He was a sub-200 guy who wasn’t on many recruiting radars. Played way out of position in HS too

      • Matty P

        Did a quick search on him and everyone appeared to have him as a 3 star. As Chris mentioned the 247 composite had him as the 260th player in that class and 54th at the SF position.

  • Matty P

    For anyone interested there’s a very long video of the media day from today that SHU posted (https://www.facebook.com/shuathletics ). From the interviews it looks like a fun group.

  • VinBick

    Received my ticket for the Seton Hall vs St Peter game at Walsh gyn on December 12th in the mail yesterday. Cannot find a seating chart on line of Walsh. Anyone know where Section 16 is in Walsh? The capacity is now listed at around 1,650 seats. Back in the mid-60’s, 3,200 packed in to see Nick Werkman and company play for the Pirates.

  • Louie Dee

    Chris – I know you won’t be at the game tonight but will you do a write up?

    I’m really curious at how Khadeen plays the PG position.