UPDATED: Seton Hall offers forward Jonathan Dos Anjos; second July live period round-up

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Seton Hall has extended an offer to Brazilian import Jonathan Dos Anjos.

A 6-foot-8 forward playing for Florida’s Victory Rock Prep, Dos Anjos is understandably flying under the recruiting radar since coming to America some time last year, when he joined up with the school for the 2016-17 winter season.

Dos Anjos averaged 8.4 ppg and 4.6 rpg despite joining a team that was largely already formed, and failed to receive any offers until South Alabama did so in May with College of Charleston and VCU following up just a few days ago.

I wasn’t able to locate any footage of his game online, but this brief clip on Instagram gives an idea of his frame and athleticism.

A 19-year-old Class of 2018 product, Dos Anjos slots in alongside other forward recruits like Valdir Manuel (Patrick School, N.J.), Jake Forrester (Westtown, Pa.) and Majur Majak (Roselle Catholic, N.J.) as an important prospect behind the clear No. 1 forward target in 2018: Naz Reid


In related recruiting news, Seton Hall has recently offered a trio of 2019 prospects and a another 2018 in addition to Dos Anjos.

John Bol Ajak (2019 center; Church Farm School, Pa.) – A bruising 6-foot-10 center, John Bol Ajak currently attends a small private all-boys boarding school in southeastern Pennsylvania. Philly.com reports offers from Temple and Saint Joseph’s while most recruiting services — which have not ranked the rising junior — list Saint Louis as the only other D-I offer for the native of Sudan.

Elias King (2019 SG/wing; Huntington Prep, Wv.) – Unlike Ajak, Elias King is a 4-star recruit with a handful of high-major offers from across the country. Virginia Tech, USC, N.C. State, and Memphis have all offered the 6-foot-7 wing since the end of the college hoops season.

Dahmir Bishop (2019 SG; Imhotep Charter, Pa.) – A Philly native, Bishop had only received mid-major offers until Penn State swooped in last month with Saint Joseph’s, Rutgers, and now Seton Hall following suit in July. A 6-foot-4 two-guard, Dahmir scored 26 points in an Elevate Hoops event this past weekend with the staff on hand.

Jared Rhoden (2018 SG/SF; Our Savior Lutheran, N.Y.) – Another unranked prospect like Dahmir Bishop, Rhoden also had not received any high-major offers until Penn State and VCU did so during the last July evaluation period; Dayton, Temple, Oregon State, and Seton Hall joined in shortly after. The athletic NY Lightning product plays alongside 2018 point guard target Anthony Nelson, who was offered last month and has been tracked during July.

Elsewhere during the second July evaluation period, Seton Hall’s staff was spotted watching recruits like Louis King, Scottie Lewis, Bryan Antoine, and Jahvon Quinerly (UA All-American camp), lengthy shooting guard Ignas Brazdeikis of CIA Bounce, forward Jake Forrester, two-guard Luther Muhammad, and point guard Jalen Carey.

It has been reported that Naz Reid and Jahvon Quinerly may take some official visits together this fall while Quinerly may use one of his five officials on a visit to South Orange.

Seton Hall’s staff and Creighton’s Greg McDermott were also apparently taking in a game with a team from Australia on Friday. Andrew Gaze Part II, anyone?

  • PadrePirate

    Thanks, Chris. Out of all these names ’18 and ’19 which bigs (PF/C) do we really have a legit shot at landing? Otherwise put, who’s the most realistic kid(s) who can come in and replace Angel / Ish in 2018 (assuming that Manu is really a wing and Romaro is not a starter)?

    • 2019 is too far off, but Majur Majak and Valdir Manuel would be the two closest to committing if today were signing day. Manuel is more ready of the two, but Jake Forrester/Naz Reid are the next two tiers beyond Manuel and would be big pick-ups.

      Not sure if you’ve heard, but Darnell Brodie is about 100% heading to Montverde for a prep year, so he won’t be with the team this season, which opens a 5th scholarship for the 2018 class, though it could always be re-filled by Brodie. The depth will be OK without injuries for next season, at least:

      PF: Ish — Nzei — Sandro/Desi
      C: Angel — Nzei — Gill

      • PadrePirate

        Kinda sucks about Brodie. What motivated that decision? Without him, we’ve basically got the same front court as last year, just swapping out Rasheed for Gill. I wouldn’t play Desi or Sandro at the 4-they’re true wings-unless the logjam at 2/3 obliges.

        • From what I heard, he’s not quite at the expected Big East level yet; moving schools during his senior year cut into some playing time and probably didn’t help his development. Grades always surface when there are transfers too, but I haven’t heard anything about that…

          As for if this was purely a staff decision (as opposed to more mutual), remains to be seen. Regardless, questioning the decision to take him in the first place is appropriate here.

      • The Other Matt

        Thanks as always Chris for the update and quality of work. Though Bodie’s enrollment at Montverde does come as a surprise considering the Seton Hall/East Side connection, as I do recall when he initially committed it was a member of the 2018 class. What would you deem as the primary reason/factors which caused him to decide to do a 5th year at Montverde? And does this signal in an unlikelihood of seeing him in a Seton Hall uniform in the future?

  • Jersey Jerry

    Just LUV reading SHUHoops when it’s close to 100o outside … thanks Chris for ALL U DO 2 keep Pirate Nation up-dated; know it’s a labor of love and we LOVE what U DO!!!

    • VinBick

      Where o where is JJ? It is about 80 at the Jersey Shore and a beautiful day for all of the tourists enjoying a swim in the ocean. Seton Hall basketball season is just around the corner and Pirate fans are gearing up for a great season!

      Chris is always hard at work keeping us up to date on all things Pirate Nation!

      • Was quite the nice day after it cleared up yesterday. Seems like it was either 90+ or raining for a string of days prior. Thanks Vin.

      • Jersey Jerry

        Yo VB ~ JJ is a olde Pirate on the Panhandle (FLA) retiring from Northern Virginia 12 years ago about 20 miles east of P’cola … while living in NOVA I was President of the SHU Alumni Club of DC for over 9 years while Raftery was coach and at one game vs G’town we had over 150 Pirates in the stands @ McDonough Arena which sounded like a home game for SHU … Raf brought the team to an after-party which went on all night long … had some GR8 times w/him over the years for sure!!!


        • VinBick

          JJ-You are looking good in that picture! Old Pirates never die, and we do not fade away either! Maybe you will get back to NJ during this upcoming season for a game at the Rock. I attend most games there, and it is a wonderful, exciting time to be a part of Pirate Nation in our great home arena. Would love to get all of the regular posters here together in a suite for a game. The folks in our Athletic Department do wonderful things for the alumni, our veterans, and lots of school and community groups at the Rock.

          • PadrePirate

            If you guys can fly me in from Italy over Christmas break, I’m in ? Haven’t seen a live game since Feb 2016 but follow by radio when possible. OOC schedule is up but no BE schedule yet.

          • VinBick

            No, no Father. Talk to Pope Ben; he has really deep pockets for such trips for his troops. We will welcome you and expect you to say grace before our meal in the suite, but it is every man for himself on the expenses.

    • As always, thanks Jerry.

  • PadrePirate

    Just looked over the 2017 OOC schedule. Much improved but still bummed we have cupcakes like Wagner (last year 247) and FDU (last year 267) on there. St Peter’s or Bonaventure would be much better than those two… Montmouth and RI are finally on there but still no Princeton.