The Seton Hall men’s basketball team landed its first commitment of the 2018 class on Tuesday night, as 2018 guard Anthony Nelson announced on Twitter his commitment to play for coach Kevin Willard.
— Anthony Nelson (@TheAntNelson_11) October 25, 2017
Nelson, a three-star recruit and the No. 2 player from New York, according to 247sports, is a product of South Kent School in Connecticut – the same school that current Seton Hall guard Myles Powell played for in his senior year. Nelson also comes from the same AAU program, the New York Lightning, which produced current Seton Hall freshman guard Jordan Walker.
Nelson picked Seton Hall out of a top-five consisting of Dayton, West Virginia, Clemson and Minnesota. Seton Hall, Dayton and Minnesota were considered Nelson’s top three choices before he ultimately chose Seton Hall.
Nelson’s game mirrors that of Seton Hall senior guard Khadeen Carrington, a lefty guard who can handle the ball and finish through contact. Nelson is a more natural point guard than Carrington, but the senior is a better shooter at this point.
After missing on five-star targets Louis King, Nazreon Reid and Jahvon Quinerly, Nelson is the first player in 2018 to pledge to Willard and the Seton Hall staff. Upon his arrival next year, Nelson will enter a competition for the starting point guard spot with Walker and Sacred Heart transfer Quincy McKnight, as Carrington graduates in the spring.
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