Seton Hall makes trimmed lists of De’Vondre Perry, Daron Russell

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Rising seniors continue to narrow down the schools they are considering ahead of their final high school season with De’Vondre Perry and Daron Russell both including Seton Hall on their final lists.

Imhotep Charter (Pa.) point guard Daron Russell is considering the Hall alongside SMU, Grand Canyon, La Salle, Rhode Island and Western Kentucky.

Russell is currently on an official visit to WKU this weekend and also has tentative dates set up to visit everyone else not named Seton Hall.

The Philly floor general joins Isaiah Washington, Trevon Duval, Nate Pierre-Louis, Matt Coleman and Nojel Eastern as lead guards still in the mix to join up with Myles Cale as part of the Hall’s 2017 recruiting class.

The two-guard has publicly displayed his interest in Russell joining up with him.

In addition to Virginia Tech, Temple, USC and Kansas State, Seton Hall has made the final list of DMV-area forward De’Vondre Perry.

Being recruited by Grant Billmeier, Perry is perhaps in the good graces of Virginia Tech as the Hokies have set up an in-home visit with the small forward to go along with a visit to campus; Temple will also host him on an official.

Perry is perhaps lower on the priority list with Seton Hall short on scholarships to give out and guys like Desi Rodriguez, Veer Singh and Ish Sanogo all in the fold as capable starters at the three in 2017-18.

In related news, the Pirates’ staff has done their research and is interested in 2017 center Malik Ondigo of Putnam Science Academy (Conn.).

Doing a prep year in Connecticut after moving east from Arizona, Ondigo has received a spike of interest, mostly from West Coast schools, that has yielded offers from Colorado, Purdue, Texas Tech, Washington State and a handful of others.

It will be interesting to see how high Malik’s stock rises as Seton Hall could certainly benefit from adding a true center as part of their 2017 class.

  • Fishjam

    I like Russell and Perry and would be happy to get both. However, it says a lot about the state of our program that we can afford to be more selective and wait to see if we get our top targets before going all-in for these guys.

    Russell is a true point guard with excellent quickness and ability to penetrate. In the Big East his size will be a major challenge (listed at 5’10 160) and he is not a consistent outisde shooter yet. Isaiah Washington and Jose Alvarado (and Duval and Matt Coleman are longshots) are the top 2 PG targets right now.

    Dre Perry is a guy who is under the radar a little but is a very interesting recruit to me. He has a college-ready body right now and could come in and be a factor right away with his size, athleticism, versatility and defense. He’s 6’6 225 and is kind of a cross between Desi and Ish on the court. He can defend guards and forwards very well and is a slasher with a decent outside shot on offense. He plays on the same AAU team as Andre Rafus and when you watch the clips, I have a hard time deciding which Small Forward I’d rather have. Rafus has the higher ceiling because he’s 6’9 with great range but is still rail-thin while Perry looks like he can step in and play from day 1.

  • Matty P

    Nice to see that SHU made the cut down to the final 10 schools for Duval. It’s a really interesting mix of schools that excludes the typical schools you’d see for a top player (UK, Duke) and mostly either Pac12 (5 schools) or Big East schools (3 schools).

  • Fishjam

    Andre Rafus has cut his list again and Seton Hall remains along with Kansas, GTown and TCU.

    • Matty P

      Looks like Myles Cale is reaching out to Andre Rafus already on twitter to remind him that he’ll be at SHU.

    • hallstorm


      Any reason why Rafus is falling in the rankings? He has actually fallen out of the top 150 (152).

      • Fishjam

        His stock is really dropping. I watched about 12 of his games at Roselle Catholic and he is a truly one-dimensional player at this point (oustide shooter). He’s 6’9 but doesn’t rebound or defend well and has not improved his body or expanded his game enough. He wasn’t even seeing many minutes towards the end of the year at RC. In the final game against St Anthony’s he played about 5 total minutes and had Zero points. Still has a tantalizing upside if he fills out and improves other aspects of his game but I wouldn’t make him a priority recruit right now.

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