Seton Hall desperately needs bodies that can immediately help Angel Delgado in the paint and on the glass next season after the departure of senior power forward Brandon Mobley and they are targeting at least one in Ray Kasongo.
A 6-foot-10 forward playing for the College of Southern Idaho, Kasongo has a long but strange track record. Originally from Canada, Kasongo formerly signed with Oregon before being denied by their admissions department; he saw the same fate as he narrowed his list down to LSU and Indiana.
Seton Hall associate head coach Shaheen Holloway, who ventured out to Hutchinson C.C. (Kansas) with Tiny Morton to watch Deshawn Freeman last September, is currently watching Kasongo among others at the NJCAA National Championship. Kasongo scored nine points and reeled in 10 rebounds for CSI in a round of 16 loss tonight.
Seton Hall has not offered Freeman and has not been linked with him in awhile, but are actively going after Kasongo and have offered the forward, per a source.
Kasongo told Adam Zagoria earlier this month that schools like Indiana, Texas, Florida, Iowa, Oregon, Wichita State and LSU are recruiting him. Seton Hall needs a junior college big man or immediately eligible transfer to bolster their forward stable going into 2015-16.
In brief cameos this season, Chier Ajou didn’t look capable of playing significant minutes in 2015-16 and redshirt fresman Mike Nzei is an unknown commodity after sitting out the season as a partial qualifier. Nzei sustained an arm injury that had him in a cast for most of the past season and prevented him from practicing for a significant portion. Despite impressing Kevin Willard on the boards during the pre-season, rising freshman Ismael Sanogo played limited minutes this past campaign and falls in the same category as Nzei at the four next season.
A weak rebounding team outside of Angel Delgado and still 272nd in the country at defending the defensive glass with him, Seton Hall’s 2015-16 season can hinge on the ability to get Delgado help up front.