The recruiting trail has been a bumpy road for the Seton Hall Pirates over the last decade, but times have changed in a big way.
The Hall is going to have one of the best recurting classes in the country on campus next year and will have the best freshman in the Big East in Isaiah Whitehead, the only Big East freshman to be on the McDonald's All American team. Whitehead, a native of Brooklyn, New York, is a player with tremendous skills from shooting, dribbling, to finishing around the basket. He is a special player that has as much potential as any freshmen in the country but has received criticism for being lackadaisical on the defensive end and taking tough, contested shots. He reminds me of a smaller Lance Stephenson because of their passing and shooting ability and both played at powerhouse Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn.
Other NBA players who have played for Lincoln are Sebastian Telfair and Stephon Marbury, along with another Seton Hall commit for the 2014 class in Desi Rodriguez. Rodriguez is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound small forward who is able to get to the paint at will. He is incredibly strong and a great ball handler that can finish through contact but will need to develop a better jump shot if he wants to get significant minutes as a freshman this upcoming season.
The second best recruit who will be at Seton Hall next season is Angel Delgado, a power forward who was ranked in the Top 50 in the country and was also recruited by Kentucky and Florida State. He is a terrific defensive player and rebounder but needs to improve on his post moves because as of now, the only post up move he has is a jump hook. He will get minutes regardless of how much he improves but hopefully he can add a 10-foot jump shot before the season starts.
Next on the list of recruits is Khadeen Carrington, an 6-foot-3 athlete from Brooklyn who has an extremely quick first step and can finish through traffic in the lane. He can also shoot from the perimeter but he must improve his defense and decision making if he wants to be a Big East-caliber point guard.
Ismael Sanogo and Mike Nezi were the last recruits added to the 2014 recruiting class for the Pirates. Ismael is the only recruit not coming from New York but is across the the Hudson River in Newark, New Jersey. He is the type of player that will do all of the little things at the defensive end of the floor. He is extremely aggressive, a good rebounder, and can also handle the ball pretty well for a small forward. Like other Seton Hall recruits, he needs to improve his shooting so he can make some contribution offensively.
Mike Nezi is a undersized power forward from Our Savior New American School who has a solid mid range jump shot and is a great athlete. He has a great motor on defense and can rebound but tries to overcomplicate the game sometimes. He dribbles the ball to much and it causes him to commit too many turnovers.
Overall, Seton Hall has one of the best recruiting classes in the country and it's going to be exciting to see the Pirates play this upcoming season.
For the class of 2015, Seton Hall is trying to expanded their recruiting geographically, because all of their commitments for the class of 2014 come from the Tri-State area. Seton Hall is trying to bring in some of the biggest recruits in the Northeast, and out of the ten players Seton Hall has recruited only three are not ranked in the Top 100 nationally. Thomas Bryant is currently ranked 10th in the nation and attends at Huntington Prep, where Andrew Wiggins played in high school, and is the highest ranked player Seton Hall will try to sign this year.
Although it will be difficult to repeat the success Seton Hall had in recruiting for the class of 2014, they are aiming high for next years class and maybe the program can get a nationally ranked player by the end of the summer.