The Seton Hall Pirates will be missing two key members of their teams in the past few years in the 2014-15 season, as Fuquan Edwin and Eugene Teague have since departed. The losses are made up for in The Hall's incoming recruiting class, which is ranked 12th by ESPN, and in addition to some returning players.
In 2014, a mix of young and old Pirates will round out the potentially great starting lineup. Now, let's take a look at a possible starting five for Seton Hall next season.
Sterling Gibbs (Guard, Jr.) - Gibbs has been a key member on the Pirates ever since he transferred from the University of Texas. He averaged 13.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists in 34 games last season. His worth for his team goes far beyond the game-winning buzzer beating shot he hit against Villanova in the Big East Tournament, as Gibbs is versatile, a great scorer and a hard worker. Although there are many possible variations for next year's starting lineup, it is likely the junior will get the start.
Isaiah Whitehead (Guard, Fr..) - Despite only being a freshman, Isaiah Whitehead has all the skills to start for Seton Hall and definitely has the résumé to back him up. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard is a Top 15 recruit in the 2014 class, according to ESPN, and garnered offers from Arizona, Indiana and Florida, to name a few. The former McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Game Classic participant is an athletic guard, who has tremendous shooting ability from all areas of the court. If head coach Kevin Willard is up to giving a freshman the starting spot, Whitehead is able and qualified to fill the spot.
Brandon Mobley (Forward, Sr.) - An experienced member of the Seton Hall squad, Brandon Mobley brings a lot to the table. The 6-foot-9 forward was one of Seton Hall's leading scorers and rebounders last season and is more than fit for a starting role. Mobley and Patrik Auda will compensate for the loss of Eugene Teague with their strong defensive skills and rebounding ability.
Patrik Auda (Forward, Sr.) - Auda, like Mobley also brings experience to the table and that is not the only thing he can add to Seton Hall. He adds size, which will be lost a little bit because of Teague's absence in the starting lineup. The athletic forward will be a viable option as a starter if he does not forgo his senior year to play in Europe, due to all of his skills and what he has done for The Hall in the past.
Chier Ajou (Center, Sr.) - Seton Hall University landed a true center in 7-foot-2 South Sudan native Chier Ajou. Ajou will be eligible to play with Seton Hall in December, but will be a good choice to fill the role as center at that time. While he has not proven at the college level yet that he deserves this position, he has the size and skills to succeed if given an opportunity with the Pirates. Some options for center before Ajou will be eligible to play are rising freshman Ismael Sanogo, who was a highly touted recruit in the 2015 class and Rashed Anthony, who redshirted for The Hall last season.