Seton Hall going after Delaware transfer Kory Holden

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Seton Hall has been linked with Delaware sophomore point guard Kory Holden, the best available transfer according to ESPN.

Like Sacred Heart lead guard Cane Broome, another kid Seton Hall is in the running for, Kory Holden has emerged as a transfer of interest for Seton Hall’s coaching staff.

There have been reports that the sophomore point guard who averaged 17.7 ppg, 4.2 apg and 3 rpg as a sophomore for the Blue Hens has a top five, but he has refuted that ahead of what looks to be a decision to make a condensed list of schools he’ll visit.

Unlike Cane Broome, it appears that Holden is much more of a pure point guard. His assist rate (29.8) is 88th-best in the nation and not that much lower than Isaiah Whitehead’s, while an assist:turnover ratio of 1.51 is actually a smidgen better than Isaiah’s 1.45 rate.

In addition to his ability to run an offense, Holden can be the offense: He shot 79.5-percent from the line, 38.8-percent from three (69-178), and reached the 30-point barrier three times including a career-high 35 at Boston College.

Holden scored 23 points at the Pavilion against Villanova in December but did have one assist to eight turnovers, though he was surely more than a focal point for Jay Wright’s defense.

There’s no question that the Salisbury, Maryland native who didn’t receive a single high-major offer coming out of high school would be a significant addition in 2017-18 after sitting out a season due to transfer regulations.

In theory, he could potentially shadow Isaiah Whitehead — if he were pull out of the NBA Draft — next season, then, team up with a freshman point or run the show himself the year after.

  • Jersey Jerry

    Once again, GR8 info Chris … not ez for a kid to score 23 vs NOVA at their house!

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  • Fishjam

    I’ve watched a few games of Holden’s on YouTube and he would be a great addition for the Pirates. He’s a very good shooter, accurate passer andseems like a very coachable, hard-worker.. He’s not as quick or flashy as IW but he’s a legit PG who can score, handle and distribute. He needs to add some muscle/strength for the Big East but he’d have plenty of time to do so over the next 18 months before he would suit up.

    Chris, with the staff looking at Holden and other transfer PGs that would have to sit out a year, what does that tell you about the 2 big questions about our current PGs, Isaiah and JT? Does going for an experienced PG who can’t help next year signal that JT will be ready next year even if IW leaves? Or, perhaps they know JT is gone so if IW comes back 1 more year, Holden, Broome or other transfer can step right in in 2017-18 to lead a group of talented, battle-hardened Seniors in Carrington, Desi, Angel, Ish, Nzei, etc.

    I think I can probably answer my own question in that they are recruiting options for all possible scenarios. I hope they at least KNOW what the status of JT is or will be. If he is a true unkown to the staff at this juncture then it will really handcuff them from making a good, informed decision. Hard enough that they have to wait on IWs status.

  • Fishjam

    Had read a few days ago that he narrowed his Top 5 and we weren’t in it but he immediately refuted the report that he had a Top 5. Now I’m reading today he has confirmed that he cut his list to 5 and we ARE on it along with Kansas, Baylor, Virginia Tech & South Carolina.

    This guy would be a great get, sucks he has to sit out a year but make no mistake, getting this kid is like getting Sterling Gibbs. Has a similar game but he’s more of a true PG than Sterling.

    I know it’s futile to try and project 2 years from now since sooooo many things can change but allow a fan to dream a little if you will. If we could get commitments from Holden and Taurean this year, just humor me and imagine the monster team in 2017 if everyone stays? I’d go up against anyone in the country with this team!!! Hell, the bench on that team would be a nice starting unit:

    PG – Holden (Jr)
    SG – Carrington (Sr)
    SF – Desi (Sr)
    PF – Delgado (Sr)
    C – Thompson (So)

    Bench – PF ISH (Sr), CG Myles Powell (So), SF Singh (Jr), CG Myles Kale (Fr), F Nzei (Sr), PF/C Carter (Jr)

    Ish off the bench for his Senior year in a DG-like role, Powell supplying instant offense

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