With the college basketball season quickly approaching, the Big East conference held its annual media day on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at Madison Square Garden.
The event brought together the coaches and top players of the Big East men’s and women’s basketball teams to discuss practice, preseason developments, and the upcoming season.
With the season right around the corner, here is the latest from Seton Hall’s men’s and women’s basketball teams:
Preseason Poll and Awards
- Seton Hall tied for No. 4 with Georgetown in the Preseason Big East Coaches’ Poll. Villanova, Xavier and Creighton finished ahead of SHU.
- Angel Delgado and Khadeen Carrington were named to the conference’s Preseason All-Big East Second Team.
- Carrington said that point guard responsibilities will not be solely left up to him, as he expects to play on and off the ball this season.
- Desi Rodriguez said that he believes Madison Jones will be a starting guard to open the season.
- Kevin Willard said that Carrington, Delgado, Rodriguez and Ismael Sanogo, all juniors, are expected to start. He said the fifth starting spot could rotate while Jevon Thomas serves his first-semester suspension. Jones and Myles Powell are likely candidates to fill the void.
Whitehead still involved
- Carrington said he speaks to Isaiah Whitehead daily. He expects the Brooklyn Nets rookie to be a regular at Seton Hall games.
- Carrington added that Whitehead has helped him adjust to a point guard’s mindset.
- Delgado said he is down to 245 pounds and 8 percent body fat.
- Veer Singh has intentionally put on weight, according to Carrington. Willard said Singh could play some stretch-four this season.
- The Pirates were picked to finish seventh in conference, with Creighton, DePaul, Marquette, Villanova, Georgetown and St. John’s ranked ahead of them.
- Creighton and DePaul tied for first in the preseason poll.
- Head coach Tony Bozzella said his lineup is not set at this point.
- Bozzella said that freshman Kaela Hilaire and sophomore LaTecia Smith should expect to share point guard responsibilities. Bozzella plans to play both at the same time, similar to how he used Deidre and Daisha Simmons and Aleesha Powell and Shakena Richardson in recent years.
Powell still involved
- Smith and Bozzella both said that Powell, now an intern with Seton Hall Athletics, has been a frequent face at Pirates practices.
- Richardson also recently visited the team.
Smith banged up
- Bozzella said that Smith has been battling foot problems for the last three or four weeks.
- Bozzella said all of the Hall’s freshman – the Pirates have seven of them – have impressed so far. He singled out Hilaire, Deja Winters and Jayla Jones-Pack.
- The coach added that he has had to be more engaging and positive when coaching a younger group.
Kyle Kasharian can be reached at kyle.kasharian.@student.shu.edu or Twitter @ItsKyleKash.