Offseason; There is no offseason in the world of college basketball. While Seton Hall’s men may have ceased play on March 17 in Denver when the Pirates fell to Gonzaga in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, there is still plenty of buzz in South Orange.
As does the end of any season, a break from on-the-court action brings news and rumors of transfers, recruits, future scheduling and early projections for next year.
Transfers, recruits catching the Hall’s Attention
Seton Hall is currently in the mix for two transfer guards.
The first is Delaware point guard Kory Holden, who is also consid- ering Kansas, Baylor, Virginia Tech and South Carolina, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
In accordance with NCAA rules, the sophomore would have to sit out all of next season before being eligible. Holden, a native of Maryland, averaged 17.7 points and 4.2 assists a game for the Blue Hens, who went 7-23 last year.
The other guard on Seton Hall’s radar is Cane Broome, who comes from another SHU – Sacred Heart University. The Connecticut local averaged 23.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists last year on his way to Northeast Conference Player of the Year honors. Joining the Hall on Broome’s final list are Cincinnati, Creighton and NC State, according to Jeff Borzello of ESPN. Like Holden, the sophomore would not be eligible to play until the 2017-18 season.
Then there is the recruiting trail, with the final signing period for high school seniors bridging from April 13 to May 18. The biggest name on Seton Hall’s wish list is Brewster Academy (N.H.) forward Taurean Thompson, who is also considering Syracuse, Georgetown and Providence. ‘Cuse and the Blue and White are considered the favorites of the bunch, according to Chris McManus of SHUHoops. com. Thompson, who hails from Jersey City, N.J., is a four-star recruit and the 86th-overall best player in the 2016 class.
Eron Gordon, the younger brother of NBA star Eric Gordon – is another high schooler the Pirates would like to see further his education and basketball talents at Seton Hall.
The transfer, who officially visited Seton Hall in October, is from Indianapolis. He is also thinking about Butler, Marquette, Ole Miss and Arizona State, according to the IndyStar.
Gordon is listed as a three-start recruit by ESPN.
Some of SHU’s Schedule Set
The Pirates went 4-0 at Madison Square Garden this past season – including a win over Villanova in the Big East Championship. So, the Pirates figured why not play at the Mecca some more this coming year?
The team will take on South Carolina in New York City on Dec. 12 as part of the Under Armour Reunion double-header. South Carolina went 25-9 (11-7) last year. Auburn and Boston College will be the other matchup that day.
The MSG bout is the latest addi- tion to an impressive non-conference schedule that already included the Gavitt Games – a clash of Big Ten and Big East foes – and the AdvoCare Invitational, a tourney that will also host Florida, Gonzaga, Indiana State, Iowa State, Miami (Fla.), Quinnipiac and Stanford.
High Expectations Ahead
With the college basketball season over and Villanova the national champions, many media outlets have released “Way Too Early Preseason Top 25” polls for the 2016- 17 season.
Some of the standouts – ESPN, Sporting News, Bleacher Report and The Big Lead – all have Seton Hall somewhere between No. 17 and No. 23.
Such favorable preseason rankings will be contingent on whether or not Isaiah Whitehead leaves for the NBA or returns for his junior season.
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