Seton Hall linked to JuCo guard CJ Jackson, transfer Ray Kasongo

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Seton Hall has been linked with a current junior college player as well as one they recruited last spring.

Eastern Florida State College leading scorer CJ Jackson (16.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.4 apg) was recently reported as being recruited by Seton Hall, which I can confirm, although I wouldn’t say he’s a primary target.

A combo guard who visited UConn two weeks ago and is scheduled to officially visit Missouri this weekend, Jackson has three years of eligibility remaining and looks to be more of a scorer than a natural facilitator: he averaged just north of 3 three-pointers per game as a freshman while possessing a 1.3 (142/113) assist:turnover ratio.

Jackson joins Delaware point guard transfer Kory Holden — the top available transfer according to ESPN — as two non-high school guards that Seton Hall is going after; I also heard they are strongly pursuing graduate transfer guards. Holden will be ineligible until 2017-18.

Further, the Hall has been pursuing Tennessee transfer Ray Kasongo. A 6-foot-8 forward that considered Seton Hall last spring when he was coming out of junior college, Kasongo has ventured a long, strange path to where he is now.

Kasongo was highly recruited out of high school before being forced into the junior college route and landing in Knoxville, where he hardly saw the court. I’d assume he has two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out 2016-17.

In other recruiting news, Seton Hall has offered 2017 forward Jordan Nwora of Buffalo’s Park School and NY Rens (AAU). A 6-foot-8 small forward from Western New York, Nwora held offers from South Florida, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Fordham prior and has picked up one from Auburn in the last few days. You can watch his junior season highlight tape here.

The first of six important AAU evaluation periods between now and August starts next weekend. The Under Armour Association has an event in New York, Nike EYBL will be in Brooklyn and Adidas will be in Dallas; expect recruiting updates on Hall targets next weekend as the staff hits the trails.

Switching up to two scheduling bits, Jon Rothstein has confirmed that Seton Hall will open next season at Walsh against Fairleigh Dickinson. I can also say that the Hall will still play in Hawaii in December but it won’t be against Kansas. Due to FOX’s role in setting up the game, a match-up with a Pac-12 team is the safe bet.

  • hallstorm

    I remember Kosongo. I wonder if this means Williard is going to keep Thomas on the team. I would think everything is dependent on what Thompson does. I can’t see what the benefit of Jackson would be. He doesn’t seem to fit in with the glut of 2-guards (Carrington, Powell, Soffer).

  • hallstorm

    I’m also curious if some focus shifts to Memphis de-commit Charlie Moore. Willard recruits out of the Midwest (Eastern) and a natural point guard like Moore would fit nicely next year.

  • Fishjam

    Uggggh…..just read Taurean has an official visit to UConn scheduled for April 18-19th.

  • Fishjam

    Wow, if anyone wants to torture themselves with revisionist history and “what if…?” Scenarios , read this piece on Zags blog (link below).

    Talks about how an upcoming ESPN piece on the Hurleys. Bobby Hurley was all set to go to Seton Hall with Terry and Jerry but his Mom made him take a visit to Duke. Duke got him to commit before he left.

    Just imagine how the history of the program would have changed if you added Bobby to those early 90s teams.

    • hallstorm

      Ha-I just posted this simultaneously. I already set my dvr to record this Tuesday eve

      • Fishjam

        Should be interesting. That St Anthony’s team was sooooooooo good. I remember watching them on TV a few times back in the late 80s. They were special. St Anthonys sent a lot of players to the Hall but things seemed to change after Danny had some.

        On an unrelated note, Kory Holden visiting campus next week….

        Jeff BorzelloVerified account ‏@jeffborzello 20m20 minutes ago

        Kory Holden is also planning an official to Baylor for April 29th and an unofficial visit to Seton Hall for April 19th.

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        • hallstorm

          Oh I vividly remember that St. Anthony’s team and I too saw them play. I was in high school at the time and NJ could boast the nation’s best high school basketball and soccer teams (with Claudio Reyna at St. Benedict’s).

  • hallstorm

    A throwback to some old Hall fans (which I’m sure most are on here):

    Of course, Hurley ended up going to Duke, but I didn’t know how close he was to coming to The Hall. What’s great about this special is it’ll have some interviews with Dehere, Walker, PJ and maybe others.

  • Fishjam

    Wojo just keeps getting commits at Marquette. Last years recruiting class was Top 15with Ellenson, Cheatem & Traci Carter