Has Angel Delgado played his last game for Seton Hall?

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Greenville, S.C. — Angel Delgado’s future at Seton Hall remains in flux as the nation’s leading rebounder refused to commit either way after losing to Arkansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

In a somewhat deja vous moment after Isaiah Whitehead failed to reveal his more-obvious hand in Denver a year ago, Delgado was quiet about what the future holds after a breakout 2016-17 season that finally attracted national attention following 27 double-doubles and a near triple-double in the Big East Tournament.

“I don’t think about it yet. I’m going to sit down with my family to see what I can do,” said the Dominican native before being pressed for an answer.

“I really don’t know, I don’t know. I really don’t know what I want to do, I need to talk to my family and my coaches.”

For whatever it’s worth, Angel was a lot more calm and composed sitting in front of his locker compared to a dejected Whitehead, who wore a towel around his neck and his emotions on his sleeve in Denver.

A departure would leave a gaping hole in Seton Hall’s front line while it would also mark the second consecutive huge subtraction from their nationally-ranked 2014 recruiting class.

After what I’ve heard from multiple outlets as of a week ago, Delgado is leaning toward staying in South Orange, but the overseas offers have been there for at least a year now and mid-season judgement must be taken with a grain of salt.

While he can leave to play professionally overseas tomorrow, Delgado’s NBA prospects aren’t anywhere close to what Whitehead’s were last March, likely due to his limited athletic upside.

“That’s his decision, I’m going to support whatever he wants to do. At the end of the day, you’re not going to be in college forever, so I support whatever he does,” said Khadeen Carrington of his starting center.

“Of course I want it. I came in with these guys, these guys are my brothers,” he continued after being asked about the next-year potential of keeping the 2014 class together.

Adding a highly-rated point guard, maybe top-recruit Trevon Duval, would make Seton Hall an instant second weekend team.

“Of course I want to finish it off with them, but at the end of the day it’s those guys decisions, and I can’t make the decision for them … I’ll give everybody time and I’ll talk to everybody. [I] Just [want to] let the wounds heal.”

Not a minute went by after those words left Carrington’s lips before Delgado came over and embraced him for a few powerful seconds.

Much like his fist-bumps of the entire bench — including the Pirate mascot — every time he exits the game, Delgado then gave loud, forceful handshakes and embraced every one of his teammates before heading out of Seton Hall’s locker room with them.

Perhaps for the last time.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Hopefully Angel is back. I think it would really benefit him.

  • Delgado leaving would be a crushing blow to the program.

  • Ardy

    Please get him some help. Maybe he will stay.

  • ThePirateFan

    He’s a beast. Much love for him regardless of what he chooses. This class has given Hall fans a world of excitement the last two years. Fans always play ‘what if’ games focusing on the negatives. What if they hit that free throw, or landed that recruit, or stopped running that weave offense. You never hear them say, What if this class wasn’t stacked? What if we were still talking about how Sina isn’t athletic enough to keep up? What if we were looking at a recruit in Taurean Thompson as the savior instead of just a piece of the puzzle?

    We’ve been spoiled. We are fans so we criticize because we want everybody to play their absolute best every game, but that isn’t reality, whether it’s an OOC tournament, the third week of conference schedule or a post-season tournament. Shit happens.

    Next year can be something special, whether it’s with Duval, Gordon, or a transfer. If it isn’t I’m still going to look back at 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 as the most fun I’ve had as a fan since I was 8 years old. That’s thanks to coach Willard, assistants, and the players who we’ve seen play their hearts out time and again.

  • Joseph Attanasi

    We all want Angel to stay. In the long run, that would be the decision that’s best for him. But my gut tells me that he is gone. I think it’s probably 80/20.

    I got a confirmation of sorts tonight when I had a short conversation with a guy back at the hotel. I saw him talking with the players in the lobby and he appeared to know them. I asked him about Angel and he basically told me that it was more likely that he was not coming back. He shared a some other information that made me think he wasn’t just speculating. I hope that I’m wrong, but we might need to start preparing for life without Angel.

    • ThePirateFan

      If his dream is the NBA, I don’t see how he can improve his stock.

      If he doesn’t think the NBA is realistic, that last scholarship year of academics looks a lot more enticing.

      • Joseph Attanasi

        It doesn’t appear that he’s thinking NBA.

      • SHU95

        Field goal %, Free throw %, and vertical are All things that can improve if he dedicates himself this off season and comes back to school next year. Or, he can go play in Europe now and have a good career there. Europe will be there, he won’t do anything to hurt his chances there by staying at SHU, if playing in this country does not work out after next season. Once he goes there though, the return trip often never comes. It’s fine, he will make a lot of money, it’s really all about what he wants. I wish him nothing but the best in whatever he feels is best for him.

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  • iratepirate

    If he leaves next year is a huge step back. We aren’t getting Duval, which means our PG position stays less than BE level, and our Center position would be in freefall.

  • PadrePirate

    Angel seems like a great kid and really turned into a leader this season. But, as much as I like him, I just don’t see an NBA player in him. The Arkansas loss proves the point. He’s just not as athletic as the guys who make it to the next level. He can fine-tune his game, but he can’t change his physical make-up. For that reason, I don’t see his NBA stock improving by staying a senior year. What does he have to gain by staying?

    He could have a solid 10+ year career in an overseas league, send good money home to his family in DR, build a house, save up a nest-egg, then start life-after-basketball at 32. Not bad for a poor kid. I value a college degree more than the avg joe, but that’s just not where these kids are coming from. The degree will help them transition into life after sports, but 10-15 yrs seems like an eternity to a 20 yr old from a poor country.

    Go ahead, Angel, hope you land a decent contract in Europe or elsewhere. Thanks for a great couple of seasons here in South Orange. It was a lot of fun. Do what you gotta do.