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Seton Hall had their fingerprints all over three local AAU events this weekend that featured scores of top-150 targets, an impressive showing from 2017 commit Myles Cale and two new offers to rising seniors.

In addition to 2016 signee Myles Powell scoring 17 at the Jordan Brand Classic regional game in Brooklyn, Seton Hall made their presence felt this weekend from the word “Go” as they had all four recruiting coaches going to work locally starting on Friday with the Under Armour Association Session 1 in New York and the Elevate Hoops Spring Showdown in Staten Island.

While 2017 Roselle Catholic forward Andre Rafus (Team Melo) was being watched in Staten Island on Friday afternoon, the Hall had three coaches present in New York City for a Sports U – Philly Pride clash along with eyes on 2017 commit Myles Cale and the South Jersey Jazz, who were playing on the court right next to that game.

Myles led all scorers with 23 in an 83-53 win while Roselle Catholic (N.J.) guard Nate Pierre-Louis topped the scoring charts with 18 for Sports U in a 67-56 loss; David Beatty (Philly Pride; 9 pts) was another target involved.

Cale impressed and scored at a high volume this weekend including a 25-footer to force overtime (and ultimately a 76-74 win) against several recruiting targets on New Heights; he finished with 22 ppg and 5.5 rpg over four games (3-1).

Immediately after the first round of games, Seton Hall’s coaches swiveled their heads to take in Sports U’s U16 team (Class of 2018s) beat Washington Supreme 63-50. With a ‘Fab 5’ of local targets in Jahvon Quinerly, Louis King, Naz Reid, Luther Muhammad and Atiba Taylor Jr. in action, that was a no-brainer; Quinerly stood out as the Hudson Catholic (N.J.) lead guard scored 26.

Kevin Willard and his staff also made sure to allot time for New Heights, who have a trio of New York City juniors in Isaiah Washington (St. Raymond), Sid Wilson (St. Raymond) and Saquan Singleton (Monsignor Scanlan) that have been tracked for some time now.

In the night cap, tireless recruiter Shaheen Holloway was courtside to watch consensus top-10 2017 prospect Trevon Duval score 23 for WE R1 in a 71-50 win. Once a St. Benedict’s Prep kid, Duval is now at Advanced Prep International in Texas and has all the major programs after him.

Duval listed Villanova, Seton Hall and Maryland as three schools he has been hearing from a lot adding that “Seton Hall’s been there from the very beginning,” he told SNY.tv. “They’re one of the first schools that started recruiting me and offered me. I’m going to keep Seton Hall around and see where they fit at.”

On Saturday and Sunday, the scope widened as the Nike EYBL AAU event started up in Brooklyn with a ton of Seton Hall recruits taking the court there and at least one new target receiving an offer.

Unlike years past, PSA Cardinals, The Rens and Team Final are perhaps the three local programs drawing the most interest from Seton Hall’s staff compared to the conventional programs like the NJ Playaz and NY Lightning.

All three clubs were in EYBL action with the staff taking in their big games on Saturday and Sunday.

Kevin Willard, Shaheen Holloway and Grant Billmeier were all present to watch Team Final on Saturday with point guard Daron Russell (Imhotep Charter, Pa.), guard Lonnie Walker (Reading, Pa.), forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (Neumann-Goretti, Pa.) and wing Cameron Reddish (Westtown, Pa.) in action.

Willard was also present for Team Final late Saturday night and on Sunday.

As for PSA and The Rens, both programs collided to yield a 63-55 win for PSA that Willard watched just hours after he saw PSA play that morning.

Two-guard Brandon Randolph (Westtown, Pa.), guard Quade Green (Neumann Goretti, Pa.) and center Deng Gak (Blair Academy, N.J.) are three PSA guys hat have received offers from Seton Hall.

Willard and his staff have offered just as many Rens kids: forward Jordan Nwora (Buffalo), forward Jordan Tucker (Archbishop Stepinac, N.Y.), top-10 guard Hamidou Diallo (Putnam Science Academy, Conn.) and Jose Alvarado (Christ the King, N.Y.) come to mind.

Quade Green and Hamidou Diallo led their respective teams in scoring on Sunday.

Two new names that caught the eye of Seton Hall’s are are point guard Collin Sexton of the Southern Stampede, who was offered on Sunday afternoon and fairly unknown wing De’Vondre Perry of Team Melo and Baltimore Polytech (Md.), who was offered on Monday.

Standing at 6-foot-6, Perry plays with Andre Rafus and held offers from Temple, Kansas State and USC prior to this weekend. George Mason, St. Joe’s and Towson have also offered in the last few days.

 

  • hallstorm

    Chris,

    Great reporting, as always. If you were to prioritize Willard’s top 5 targets based on need and interest, who would you say is at the top of the page? I feel like point guard and power forward are in need, but I could be mistaken.

    • Good question. My opinion mixed with what I’ve seen/heard activity wise:
      PG Nojel Eastern — Going after pretty hard
      SF Andre Rafus
      CG Nate Pierre-Louis — Recruited since middle school; great relationship with Sha. Developing as a PG
      PG Isaiah Washington — A little undersized, NYC PG
      PG Trevon Duval — Top 10 kid like Briscoe, but a stretch + isn’t local.

      Quite frankly, not a ton of PF/centers being targeted in 2017, at least not publicly and no big names. A PF/SF in Jordan Nwora (The Rens) was offered a few weeks back, but not a post-forward yet. Then there’s Deng Gak and Jordan Tucker (not sure how hard he’s being recruited) and not much else. Perhaps I’m forgetting someone.

      • Fishjam

        The St Bens kid Sidibe is 2017 now. But that’s going to be moot after Taurean signs with us this week.

        Chris if our dream scenario comes true and we get Taurean and Holden to commit – AND IW comes back – do you think we have the scholarships to make it work?

        • Not sure if that makes it moot, but I see what you’re saying.

          So is the question about 2 scholarships opening outside of IW? Close to 100%.

  • Fishjam

    Nice roundup Chris. Will be very interesting to see what kind of commits Willard & Sha can get for 2017 and 2018. It seems their targets are of higher quality and the program is looked upon with more respect in the eyes of recruits now compared to a few years ago.
    The Big East Trophy, Willard’s Coach of the Year and Isaiah’s potential 1st round status have all been big positives. But perhaps of equal importance is the job being done by Shaheen and the respect he has earned in the eyes of local players, families and coaches. Sometimes it takes years to build relationships and establish respect and working hard but coming up short on many big-time kids will often pay off in the long run. The last but not least positive factor are the much improved facilities in South Orange. SH will always be at a disadvantage to the big campus-life and stature of larger schools but we no longer have to be embarassed by our Athletic facilities. Bringing recruits into a brand-new locker room, weight room and sports medicine facilty is a source of pride and took Willard and Lyons years to get built.
    Seton Hall now has the proper ammunition to compete with their rivals for NJ/NY/PA’s best players. Willard & Sha have something to sell the kids and hopefully they can parlay it all into some great additions in 2017 and especially 2018.

    • The gun is fully loaded, will the staff miss or hit? Time will tell as the huge crop of 2017s with offers narrows their respective lists over the summer.

  • Fishjam

    Tomorrow is also a huge day with Kory Holden visiting campus.

  • JJer

    A nit: Nate Pierre-Louis plays for Roselle Catholic. He left St. Benedict’s for Roselle Catholic last year.

    • Thanks. Have that correct on my recruiting map but it gets tough juggling 20+ names & their schools (most from memory) when there are transfers, haha.

  • > “the three local programs drawing the most ire from Seton Hall’s staff”
    The SHU staff is getting angry at local programs?

  • fouline

    It looks like they are finally spending some of the money they have been making from the BE. There’s nothing like following these kids around the country to make them feel wanted.

    • The Nike, Under Armour and Elevate Hoops events were all in Brooklyn, lower Manhattan and Staten Island. Staff didn’t leave the area.

  • Fishjam

    Great News……….

    Jeff Borzello ‏@jeffborzello 60m60 minutes ago

    ESPN 100 big man Taurean Thompson will take an official visit to Seton Hall on Sunday and Monday, per @BrewsterHoops.

  • JJer

    This tweet from 2018 G Tavon Jones indicates he is being recruited (or maybe it’s just his viewpoint?). Those school logos are for 🏽SHU, SJU, St. Peter’s, Marquette, and Stanford.

    https://twitter.com/taythegawd/status/720076980075552768

    P.S. In my defense, I’m not stalking teenagers, something was retweeted by Jeremy Schneider and I just clicked to find out who Trece is.

    • Thanks! Think his name was mentioned on here prior. Linden sophomore.

    • JJer

      It’s confirmed:

      Jeremy Schneider ‏@J_Schneider 6m6 minutes ago

      Linden coach Phil Colicchio tells me Tavon Jones has picked up an offer from Seton Hall #NJhoops #HALLin #shbb

      Also, these two about some worrisome local competition from Pikiell:

      Jeremy Schneider ‏@J_Schneider 17h17 hours ago

      Linden guard Tavon Jones tells me Rutgers is planning on watching him work out tomorrow, offer could be coming soon #NJhoops #rhoops

      Adam Zagoria ‏@AdamZagoria

      Rutgers @CoachPikiell extended offers today to Bul Ajang and @n1ck_richards at St. Pat’s and @RcNazreon at @rc_basketball

      This is worrisome competition because when Matt Bullock signed with Rutgers, Naz Reid called him his “best friend.”