The Seton Hall Pirates have struck twice this week in the 2018 recruiting cycle. After landing point guard Anthony Nelson on Tuesday, Kevin Willlard and the Pirates now have shooting guard Jared Rhoden in tow. Rhoden, who picked the Pirates over the Saint Louis Billikens, Wichita State Shockers and Penn State Nittany Lions announced his choice on Twitter.
What you all been waiting for! Sorry for the wait! gods gift keeps on giving! pic.twitter.com/uFjQVGx8eS— JR (@ihoop_jaay) October 28, 2017
Rhoden is the second commit for Seton Hall’s 2018 class. He’ll join a field of newcomers that includes Nelson, Darnell Brodie and Taurean Thompson. Brodie, of course, opted to go to Montverde Academy this season instead of playing for the Pirates. Thompson, meanwhile, transferred to Seton Hall after one season with the Syracuse Orange.
Like Nelson, Jared Rhoden plays for the NY Lightning on the Nike EYBL circuit. This past season, Rhoden led the Lightning with 14.1 points per game on 55.9 percent shooting from the field. He also averaged a team-best 5.4 rebounds per game, showing off a tenacious ability to get boards despite being listed at just 6-foot-6, 190 lbs. That will play pretty well, one would figure. Rhoden currently attends Our Saviour Lutheran School in The Bronx.
As of now, the 2018 shooting guard ranks 150th overall in his class. He also ranks 33rd among all shooting guards and third among all New York prospects. Five-star Moses Brown and four-star Frankie Policelli are the ones listed ahead of him as of now.
Jared Rhoden’s size and frame will likely allow the Pirates to have options thanks to his versatility. The Pirates are pretty set at guard right now looking ahead, with Myles Powell, Eron Gordon, Jordan Walker and Myles Cale all on scholarship. Sacred Heart Pioneers transfer Quincy McKnight will also be around, as will the aforementioned Nelson, of course. So would it make sense to groom him to be Desi Rodriguez’s replacement? Perhaps.
Rodriguez, of course, is listed at 6-foot-6, 220 lbs. Rhoden would have to bulk up a bit to match his weight, but his size certainly allows them to play him on the wing when he joins the Pirates next season.
Time will tell to see the specifics, but this is a quality get for Willard and The Hall. Their class now ranks 53rd in the nation and fifth in the Big East Conference, via 247Sports.