UAA Session 1, Nike EYBL Brooklyn evaluation period roundup

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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.