Unlike the last AAU evaluation period, Seton Hall’s coaching staff had to leave the friendly confines of their own recruiting backyard to continue tracking some key juniors this past weekend.
The Nike EYBL and Under Armour Association both relocated from New York to Indianapolis while the Adidas Gauntlet tour set up shop in Atlanta and the Hoop Group was stationed in Pittsburgh — Seton Hall had a presence at all four events.
The staff were sure to allot time to watch 2017 Meanstreets (Ill.) point guard Nojel Eastern this weekend in some EYBL action, making it at least the third time they’ve seen him play out in the Midwest. Eastern is perhaps the top target of a strong batch of rising senior point guards on the Hall’s radar.
Seton Hall was spotted watching The Rens at the EYBL on Saturday, a program that has forward Jordan Nwora (Buffalo), forward Jordan Tucker (Archbishop Stepinac, N.Y.) and Jose Alvarado (Christ the King, N.Y.) as targets. One of the aforementioned point guards, Alvarado was on campus for an unofficial visit on Thursday.
Also in Indianapolis for UAA Session II, New Heights was scouted on Saturday with point guard Isaiah Washington (St. Raymond, N.Y.) being Seton Hall’s main target; he impressed via 29 points and 5 assists and like Alvarado was being recruited last week at his high school.
2017 commit Myles Cale continued his impressive showing this spring by posting 23, 11, 22 and 23 points in four games this weekend for the South Jersey Jazz (5-3). Myles is now second in the entire UAA in scoring average (20.9 ppg) over eight games, trailing only Roselle Catholic guard and recruiting target Nate Pierre-Louis. Cale has scored 20+ points in six of eight games with a 48-percent field goal percentage.
A pair of Team Rio (NJ) 2019s in guard Bryan Antoine and wing Scottie Lewis were watched by the likes of Jay Wright, Kevin Ollie and Kevin Willard at UAA; both were offered by the staff after being evaluated during a workout last week at Ranney School (N.J.).
Switching gears to the Hoop Group Jam Fest in Pittsburgh, Seton Hall was tracking 2017 Uncommon Bulls big man Ejike Obinna, who they offered last summer at a Hoop Group event, along with local NJ Playaz 2018s Jalen Carey and Justin Winston of Montclair’s Immaculate Conception.
With 2016 top-100 forward Taurean Thompson currently on Seton Hall’s campus for an official visit, there will now be a lull in AAU events that coaches are permitted to scout until the three well-known July “live” periods.