Sandro Mamukelashvili to visit Seton Hall on Tuesday

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Seton Hall is maintaining their pursuit of an additional forward as part of their 2017 recruiting class by setting up a visit with 6-10 Sandro Mamukelashvili (Montverde Academy, Fla.) on Tuesday.

A lanky forward that has been on the coaching staff’s radar for a few months now, Mamukelashvili took official visits to USC and Vanderbilt last month while Boston College and Maryland have also been sniffing around.

Unranked by ESPN, but tabbed as a three-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports, and Scout, Mamukelashvili is an active big man who won’t always reside in the paint and has a very similar game to former Pirate four-man Patrik Auda. It is thought that he could provide an instant impact as a freshman next season.

Mamukelashvili could join signed 6-9, 270-pound forward Darnell Brodie and two-guard Myles Cale as part of Seton Hall’s 2017 class. Brodie was officially announced by the school this week with Newark East Side co-head coach Anthony Tavares saying this.

“Everyone at Seton Hall will be happy with Darnell’s work ethic and what he can do. He has a great frame and is a good rebounder. He has the potential to be a great rebounder, the type of rebounder that has made Angel Delgado a household name.

“Prudential Center is five minutes away from East Side High School, so it’s another opportunity for a local kid to stay home and play in front of his family. Darnell is a great fit for what Seton Hall is trying to do, and it’s good to continue sending our student-athletes to such a great school. The relationship Seton Hall’s coaching staff has built with East Side has been second to none.”

Mamukelashvili, a native of New York City who grew up in the country of Georgia, won’t be the only visitor in South Orange on Tuesday. 

Fordham grad transfer guard Antwoine Anderson will be on campus and it’s possible George Washington forward Kevin Marfo will be there too — he was originally slated to visit on Wednesday.

UPDATE 4/15 — Anderson has committed to UConn, per Adam Zagoria

Further out, 6-9 big Isaiah Whaley is also scheduled to visit Seton Hall in the coming weeks as another 2017 option at forward.

  • Andrew Herbst

    Mamukelasvili would be perfect for us. He could help us spread the floor and give Powell, Khadeem and Desi open looks. He reminds me of Auda. I would love to get him

  • Jersey Jerry

    As always, THANKS Chris for keeping Pirate Nation abreast of what’s happening w/our Kids @ ‘da Hall … looks very promising if we can get a few to join our Pirate ship.

    • You’re welcome Jerry. Next few weeks still feel like part of the season before the loooong off-season sets in late May. Although that’s when AAU heats up…

  • RonD

    He got to he US via Georgia and Italy. He played basketball in both countries. Not really a native of NYC, but apparently does have family connections there and there is a Georgian cultural infrastructure in the NYC area. Hopefully these things help but he did go to HS in Florida.

    • Semantics. Is native where someone grows up or where they are born? Arguments for both, more-so for where they grow up. Probably could have worded that differently.

  • hallstorm

    Actually Chris, Mamukelashvili is ranked by 247 sports: he’s no. 133 in their rating system and his composite is 93 overall (I guess by all the ranking systems together). This is the kid I want the most to come outside of Duval. He looks strong and composed-has great court vision and nice hands. Also looks to have an outside touch. Combine him with Powell and Cale for the ’18-’19 season and that’s a strong nucleus.

    • TheRealDewski

      I agree he would have the chance to be a monster sophomore along with Cale. Also Nzei should be a senior that year since he was a red shirt and along with Powell and a few of the powerful class of 2018 incoming freshman the positive SHUMBB trend will continue beyond 2017-2018.

    • Thanks for that, fixed.

      At first glance, looks un-ranked because their stars aren’t yellow.

  • hallstorm
    • PadrePirate

      Dang. He looked like a good fit for us.

    • In other PG news, doesnt look like Chris Darrington (JuCo) is considering SH —

      • Fishjam

        Darrington is a gifted scorer but from the clips I saw he really dominated the ball. Don’t think that would mesh well with 3 Senior 1,000 pt scorers. Also looks like he wants to stay in the Midwest.

        There are still a good number of quality PGs available. Obviously hoping TD chooses us but worst case, hope the decision comes early enough so we have some good choices left. There are some good grad-transfer PGs I haven’t seen us linked to yet (Kendall Smith, Justin Bibbins to name 2).

        Of the guys we’ve been associated with, Geno Thorpe would be my choice. IMO, he prepresents an improvement on Madison Jones in every category – defense, playmaking, ability to score on all levels, 3-pt shooting and FT shooting. He improved a lot as the season progressed in his first year playing PG. In Feb and March he raised all of his shooting %s and scored 5.5 more pts per game.

        • LBP

          I like Geno Thorpe -is he immediately available to play?

          • Fishjam

            Yes, Geno Thorpe is immediately eligible as a grad transfer. Pitt is a threat as he is from that area but he played AAU with the NJ Playaz and his visit to Seton Hall is scheduled for May, which leads me to believe he is OK on waiting 2-3 weeks to hear on Duval.

      • hallstorm

        Wait-are you sure? I know he didn’t mention The Hall in that article, but it did say “….and others recruiting him”. Seems like he is pretty open.

  • PadrePirate

    We need bigs, for sure, but we also need 2 PG’s

  • Fishjam

    I’m extremley excited about the Mamukelashvili visit. He is the best big man we are involved with by far and has major, NBA-like potential. 6’10 with long arms, can play inside and out.

    Not really a featured scorer in Kevin Boyle’s offense because they are absolutely stacked but he still gets his points because he’s a very good finisher around the hoop, good offensive rebounder, runs the floor well and has range out to the 3-pt line. He’s also a smart player who can handle the ball and is a gifted passer.

    I’m almost as pumped about having a chance at him as I am about Duval.

    • hallstorm

      Yup-pretty much what I’ve surmised and commented on below looking at his clips over the months as well. I really like this kid.

    • LBP

      Great review Fishjam-let’s hope he decides tomorrow

  • SHU95

    A guy like this would add another dimension… Our forwards mostly play around the rim (which is fine) with the exception of the occasional AD 12 footer… This guy appears to have more of an inside / outside game. I think a great fit for us not only next season but beyond… Hope they can close the deal!

    • Matty P

      Would certainly be a nice pickup at this point in the recruiting cycle. Would just need to get a PG and then the remaining 2 scholarships could be used towards depth.

    • hallstorm

      Sounds like great news. I know he’s down at Montverde. Duval is down at IMG. Any chance we could have a double Florida commitment soon?

  • SHU95

    He Just Committed one Minute ago Via Twitter!!!!!

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