If there is one piece to the puzzle that Seton Hall has not had in quite some time, it’s the point guard position. A true point guard that is pass-first and runs the team.
Over the past few seasons, the likes of Sterling Gibbs, Isaiah Whitehead, Khadeen Carrington, Madison Jones and others have tried to fill this role. Some of them have had success despite not necessarily being the right fit for the position. However, now the Pirates have their true point guard.
The Patrick School product, Jordan Walker.
The Pirates were in until the very end with the Trevon Duval sweepstakes. The Duke Blue Devils brought him to Durham which means The Hall had to focus their attention on a very solid “Plan B.”
Walker signed to join the Pirates last May and has always wanted to be a part of the Seton Hall program.
Walker, at the time of his commitment, told Jeremy Schneider of NJ.com:
"They've been there since I first came to New Jersey,” Walker said. “Once I came into The Patrick School, they recruited me really, really hard. Every time I've been to their facilities and their school, it felt like home to me. It felt the same way as when I step into Patrick School."
Last season with the The Patrick School, Walker helped to lead the Celtics to the 2017 New Jersey Tournament of Champions title. In doing so, Walker averaged 11.9 points and 4.8 assists per game.
As last season went on, Walker received many offers. They came from all over, as colleges like California, Monmouth, VCU, Pitt, LSU, Oklahoma State and others sought him out. Some high schools wanted Walker for a post-grad year. Instead, Walker chose Seton Hall.
Walker is a 5-foot-11, 160-pound guard with lots of speed and quickness. He can make big plays on both ends of the floor. The fact that he was extremely successful and won many big games in high school made Kevin Willard and his staff very enticed at the prospect of bringing him in.
The Asbury Park Press’ own Jerry Carino compared Walker to Jordan Theodore, who was likely the most recent pure point guard that Seton Hall has had. Theodore had four solid seasons with Pirates, including one that saw the Pirates just miss out on the NCAA Tournament and get the No. 1 seed in the NIT.
Walker comes into a team with plenty of talent and many guys who will want to him to do what he does best: Distribute the basketball.
This addition for the Pirates could ended up paying off for years to come. When Walker is on the floor, he has plenty of weapons that he can find to make things happen on the offensive end. On defense, expect Walker to buy in right away.
Seton Hall’s recruiting class can make an impact this season and will be the building blocks for the years following the departure of the “Big 4.” Expect Walker to be a massive part of Seton Hall’s plans over the next four seasons.