The Seton Hall Pirates have enjoyed prosperity in the Big East that the program hasn’t achieved since the early 1990s. The Pirates have made it to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments and that’s thanks in part to the collection of talent that Kevin Willard has absorbed in his time in South Orange.
Stout recruiting paid off for the Pirates in the past few years, and with the departure of one of the most successful classes in program history looming, it’s time to start building toward the future. That’s what Willard and his staff had in mind this month, and with the live period approaching, we can imagine that will only be turned up further.
The Pirates offered five different players in the month of June, three of which are in the class of 2018. Ian Steere, Marcus Zegarowski and Anthony Nelson were all put on The Hall’s radar this month, with two sharing a common thread. Nelson and Zegarowski are both point guards. Although Jordan Walker and Quincy McKnight will be in the fold in 2018, loading up the backcourt appears to be a bit of a priority. It only makes sense with Khadeen Carrington’s departure on its way and with five scholarship players on the roster expected to be in tow for 2018 at the moment (Walker, McKnight, Myles Powell, Eron Gordon and Myles Cale).
Additionally, the Pirates targeted Steere, a 6-foot-9 power forward from North Carolina. The frontcourt will no doubt be an area of need too with departures from Ismael Sanogo and Angel Delgado coming up. They’ve done a decent job in trying to sustain that blow, pulling in Darnell Brodie, Sandro Mamukelashvili and JUCO transfer Romaro Gill. Those three combined with Michael Nzei will be a solid group, but it’s clear that they’ll want more.
Speaking of which, the Pirates received good news when they made the cut for 2018 recruit Nazreon Reid’s latest list of schools. Willard will have to compete against some of the big boys in college hoops to try and land the five-star Roselle Catholic power forward, who just so happens to be the best player in the state of New Jersey, too. Should he pull it off, it would be humongous for the team, program and the Big East as well.
The Pirates also set the table up for 2019, too. They sent offers to two prospects for that year, gaining interest in Qudus Wahab and Isaiah Stewart. Both Wahab and Stewart were also offered by two other Big East programs, as St. John’s and Marquette got in on them as well in June. Both Wahab and Stewart are power forwards who rank in the Top 100 for 2019, with Stewart being more of a “local product” from Rochester, New York while Wahab hails from Ashburn, Virginia.
Seton Hall has certainly seen an uptick in recruiting in the past few years. With their 2015 class having turned into a wash with all three players transferring away from the program, 2016’s and the looming 2017 appear to bring more positivity. Myles Powell’s great freshman season combined with the potential that Eron Gordon brings will hopefully make 2016’s look solid, and their 2017 group ranks in the Top 40 nationally and fifth in the Big East.
It’ll now be about whatever the future holds for 2018 and beyond, and Seton Hall got off to a solid start in June in their attempt to keep their momentum going.