There are approximately 2,740 miles between the cities of Poway, California and South Orange, New Jersey. And yet, that long, lengthy distance didn't appear to stop Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard from hauling in a prized recruit from the state of California.
On November 12, 2014, Soffer signed his letter of intent to become the first member of the Pirates' 2015 recruiting class. At the time, Soffer was more than pleased to join The Hall, as he told BECB that he enjoyed the visit and had lots of fun.
Fun might be the word to describe the former Loyola (MD) commit. Soffer is a two-star recruit via 247Sports Composite Rankings, but the Poway native is a stellar shooter, as former Big East Coast Bias writer and current Hoyas247 scribe Devonte Brooks wrote for us:
Soffer is the definition of a shooter. When he is behind the arc, there's a high chance that the ball will go in, and that is one thing he takes pride in. When he comes off screens, he is deadly. One thing that is underrated about his game is that he can get to the lane.
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This would later be substantiated by an ESPN scouting report on the 6-foot-4, 190 pounder:
Soffer has broad shoulders, solid length, and can score at all three levels, specifically from 3-point range. He is always on balance when releasing his shot and his release is smooth. He moves well without the ball and is a good passer in the half court set.
Quality 3-point shooting would certainly be something that the Pirates wouldn't mind. A season ago they were just above average in the category, ranking 136th in the country with a 35.0 percent mark from behind the arc. The average for Division 1 hoops a season ago was 34.3 percent, and a sharpshooter like Soffer could provide an assist for The Hall in years to come.
We'll have to hold out to see what exactly Soffer's role will be with the Pirates in his freshman season but if he proves to be as good of a shooter as his scouting report claims he is, Kevin Willard could utilize him as an effective weapon off the bench when he's needed. And suffice it to say, that could eventually invoke some fear in the minds of Seton Hall's Big East peers.