For the 2016 recruiting cycle, Coach Kevin Willard and his staff did not have many available scholarships to work with. They missed out on what would have been an impact player in the frontcourt in Taurean Thompson, who after a long and drawn out recruitment landed at Syracuse just a couple of days ago. However, the Seton Hall staff managed to land two impact guards who will see a large chunk of playing time due to the departure of Isaiah Whitehead and uncertainty regarding the status of Kansas State transfer Jevon Thomas, who will not be eligible to suit up for the Pirates until December.
Myles Powell- Incoming Freshman Guard (Trenton, NJ)
There are some aspects of Isaiah Whitehead’s game that the Pirates cannot replace, such as his leadership. However, when it comes to replacing his shooting, look no further than Myles Powell. Powell is regarded as one of the best shooters in the class of 2016 and will most likely be battling it out with Eron Gordon for the starting Shooting Guard spot. Regarded as a top 100 player in the Class of 2016 by 247sports, Powell has the chance to come in and make an instant impact. After spending his first three years of High School playing at Trenton Catholic, Powell transferred to South Kent Prep in Connecticut, where he continued to add muscle onto his frame. At South Kent, he improved his ability to get to the rim and finish to go along with his deadly shooting ability. Powell will continue to improve on the getting inside aspect of his game as his career progresses, but his shooting will get him big minutes as a freshman for the Pirates.
Eron Gordon- Incoming Freshman Guard (Indianapolis, IN)
Eron is well known as the brother of newly signed Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon, but he has made a name for himself throughout his High School career. Averaging 19 points per game as a senior, Gordon is an extremely versatile guard who can score, defend, and make plays for his teammates. Gordon says he could play either Point or Shooting Guard, but at this point in time, he is not ready to be a college Point Guard. Seton Hall may see him as a Point Guard down the line, but getting to that point may take a while. Instead, Gordon will be competing with the previously mentioned Myles Powell for the starting Shooting Guard position. While Powell is a deadeye shooter, Gordon can get to the rim at will and is an extremely polished defender for his age. The shooting will come as will the skills necessary to be a Point Guard at the collegiate level, but Gordon has a chance to impact the game in his own way, just like Myles Powell. Regardless of who gets the nod as the starter at the beginning of the season, both Gordon and Powell will see big minutes as true freshman.