Seton Hall picks up commitment from Anthony Nelson

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Seton Hall has picked up a commitment from Class of 2018 point guard Anthony Nelson (NY Lightning/South Kent, Conn.).

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.

Nelson told Made Hoops that he is already recruiting 2018 SF Jared Rhoden to the Hall; Wichita State, Penn State, Saint Louis and Santa Clara round out his final five.

β€œI’ll be trying to recruit Jared Rhoden next,” Nelson told the site. β€œI 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.



  • earmbrister

    Another 4 star recruit — great get. The overall roster is getting quite deep, while the hole at PG (the last few classes) has finally been filled with Walker and now Nelson. Now if we could only fill the SF position … Is Nzei capable of filling in there next year if they have to wait until the 2019 HS class for a solid recruit?

  • LBP

    Guess I am going to have to get used to the video acceptance. Fishjam wanted him and that is good enough for me. I am sure that Coach Willard has a surprise or two for us. Hopefully this will quell the anxiety about the 2018 class ( which I consider to include TT; McKnight)

    • Some are knocking KW’s 2018 recruitment — which is justified re: HS recruits — but you do have to include transfers, and KW will be supplementing next year’s freshmen with two very talented ones.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Nelson was a nice get. Now at least we have PG options for next year. Hopefully we get can find some SF. That’s our weakest position going into next year.

  • PadrePirate

    We really needed a 2018 PG. Don’t know yet what this kid can do, but that checks a box off the wish list. Can anyone run down the advantages and disadvantages of a lefty ball handler? Does it matter? He does go right-handed quite a bit in the second video.

  • PirateLacrosse14

    Really wanted Khalid Moore on the team, but if they can now swing Jared Rhoden I’d be happy. He’d be a nice wing addition to the 2018 Class of Nelson, Thompson, McKnight and Brodie (if he still comes here).

    All that being said Chris, do you think there is any chance they get another commitment? Just reviewing their top targets, I assume Moses Brown is out of the questions, but how about Valdir Manuel, Alex Lomax and now Jared Rhoden? I’d be ecstatic with any, specifically Rhoden, and I think Valdir could help Thompson.

  • SHU95

    This is a nice get… Seemed to fly under the radar in terms of the recruiting sites, but I place a lot of stock in the lengthy list of High major programs that were in play for this guy… Also, based on his size, can probably play more than one position.

    Rhoden (who was teammates with Nelson) has put out a final Four this morning of: Penn State, St Louis, Witchita St, and SHU…

  • SHU95

    Jared Rhoden to Announce on Saturday according to Zagsblog…

  • PadrePirate

    Nice APP article about Angel. Unf, none of the other top big men in the nation will be on our OOC schedule this year…See ya in the tourney!!

    • shufaninva

      I see the ESPN has Angel as a first team All-American!! That has to make ya smile. They have that trip artist from Duke as a 3rd team if I am remembering correctly.

      • shufaninva

        Sorry, 2nd team for trip wire.

  • RonD

    Nice article on Zagsblog quoting Dana Dingle, NY Lightening EYBL (Nike) coach on Nelson. Said Nelson is very close to Rhoden. Dingle also coached Angel in EYBL. Said SHU’s recruiting is on the rise.

  • Matty P

    Saw two tweets from Jon Rothstein and Jeff Goodman regarding the scrimmage against Boston College that took place today. Score was SHU – 86 BC – 71 and was a 3 point game at the half. Desi had 18 points and Delgado had 7 points and 14 rebounds. Gave up 29 pionts to Ky Bowman who’s a sophomore guard. Should be interesting to see if an unofficial stat sheet comes out.