Seton Hall Looks to Basketball Recruiting Class of 2014 for Offensive Boost
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 • 12:13pm
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- The recent verbal commitment from five-star recruit Isaiah Whitehead should give Pirates fans a reason to celebrate.
Whitehead, a 6-foot-4-inch shooting guard rated No. 1 at his position by Scout.com, will suit up for Seton Hall beginning in the 2014-15 season. The Brooklyn native narrowed his choice down to St. John’s, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Indiana before finally settling on the Pirates.
Several media outlets have already reported that Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard will offer Whitehead’s high school coach Dwayne Morton a spot on his coaching staff next year, which is said to have factored heavily into the player’s decision. If the move is made, it will be completely within NCAA guidelines.
Whitehead is noted for his scoring prowess and ability to create off the dribble, which should help the Hall in an area where they struggled last year. The Pirates averaged a mere 64.6 points per game last season, placing them 244th in the nation.
The Pirates will lose their offensive leader, Fuquan Edwin, to graduation just as Whitehead enrolls for his freshman season, which will pave the way for him to be the immediate focal point of the offense.
Whitehead should pair nicely with 2013 recruit, point guard Jaren Sina, of Lake Hopatcong, to form an effective 1-2 backcourt punch. Sina is noted for his perimeter shooting and with Whitehead’s ability to drive, it should open up the floor to allow Sina to get several open looks.
After recent recruiting disappointments, the Pirates have begun to solidify a solid 2014 class with the signing of Whitehead as well as touted power forward Angel Delgado from the Dominican Republic and Newark East Side’s Ismael Sanogo.
The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.