Fans are very excited to see what the Seton Hall Pirates can do this season. In a watered down Big East Conference, The Hall could have a chance to make things happen.
However, there are question marks surrounding this team. Here are three reasons to be pessimistic about the Pirates in the 2014-15 season.
As talented as this Seton Hall team looks going into the season, they are just as inexperienced. This freshman class will likely have to play big minutes right away, and will have to adjust to the college game against very good competition in the nonconference portion of the schedule. Expect this team to be great individually as the season gets underway and gradually grow into a team.
A key will be whether or not this team can get off to a good start. If they can build the confidence up of these young players, then good things could be ahead. Without that, they could run into some problems this season.
2. Seton Hall graduation leaves frontcourt holes
The Pirates lost many important players through graduation, including Patrik Auda, Eugene Teague, Fuquan Edwin, Brian Oliver and Aaron Geramipoor, who all left to play basketball professionally. Of the graduates, Auda was the only player who had a chance to come back, but he chose to head to Poland instead. The loss now leaves a gaping hole in the frontcourt for the Pirates. Kevin Willard brought players in that could fill those holes, but they lost an experienced player in the process.
The losses at the guard and small forward positions are not as big of an issue because of the fact that Willard’s recruiting class could not only equal what they have lost, but likely exceed the talent that left South Orange after last season. However, they might have to carry the load early if the forwards and center are not playing up to par.
If the Pirates can avoid this that would be great, but it will be up to players like center Chier Ajou and Angel Delgado, among others. Those players, however, have played a total of 32 minutes on Division I basketball.
3. High Expectations
Since the early 2000s, Seton Hall has not had so many high expectations surrounding the team. Many project The Hall to be not only solid in conference, but possibly make the NCAA Tournament. That is a boatload of pressure to put on players who have even played a game at the collegiate level.
Teams will not take the Pirates lightly anymore and that means they will get the best shot from everyone they play this season. Many games that the Pirates will play are high profile games against very good teams like Wichita State Shockers, Georgia Bulldogs and of course their Big East adversaries. If the Pirates meet expectations, this could be a special season. But do not be surprised if this young and inexperienced team stumbles a little bit out of the gate.
Seton Hall is trying to put themselves and their basketball program back on the map. It will not be an easy task for this team to complete. There are many factors that are not in this team’s favor and that is why this season could be challenging. However if they can rise above, this season could be a memorable one whether you are a pessimist or an optimist.