Seton Hall has picked up a commitment from Class of 2018 point guard Anthony Nelson (NY Lightning/South Kent, Conn.).
— Anthony Nelson (@TheAntNelson_11) October 25, 2017
A 6-foot-4 lefty who has been on the Hall’s radar since the spring, Nelson pledged to the Pirates after whittling his list down to three; Dayton and Minnesota also made the final cut while West Virginia and Clemson were in his final five.
Nelson will join up with Jordan Walker, sit-out Sacred Heart transfer Quincy McKnight, and perhaps converted two-guard Eron Gordon next fall as point guard options on Kevin Willard’s roster.
While Nelson is technically the first true commitment from the 2018 class, he joins power forward Darnell Brodie, who reclassified and is taking a prep year at Florida’s Montverde Academy. Seton Hall now has two spots left with small forward the thinnest position on the depth chart; New York wing and former target Khalid Moore pledged to Georgia Tech earlier tonight.
“I’ll be trying to recruit Jared Rhoden next,” Nelson told the site. “I actually called him a couple hours after I made my decision and told him to the make the move as well.”
Although I haven’t seen Nelson in action, he has been described as capable of playing on the wing, versatility which matches McKnight’s skill-set — he is also 6-foot-4 and can play the 1-3 spots.
Be sure to check out the two videos below, one from the end of Nelson’s junior high school season, and a more-recent one from the July Live Period. Note how he appears capable of using both hands, though he seems to favor his left more when taking defenders off the dribble and also shooting lefty.