Seton Hall 2017-2018 Preview
2016-17 Record: 21- 12
Key Losses: Madison Jones
Key Additions: Romaro Gill, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Darnell Brodie, Myles Cale, Jordan Walker
Seton Hall had a quiet but impressive season last year. A tournament bid on the back of double-double machine and unanimous All-Big East first team pick Angel Delgado, as well as All-Big East second team selection Khadeen Carrington placed the Pirates at fourth in the conference.
And with only key loss being Madison Jones (the Pirate’s fifth leading scorer), Seton Hall is looking to come back strong again next season. Delgado and Carrington’s decisions to stay at school for their senior seasons ensures that the Pirates will be ready to play come this Fall. Not to mention their new comers.
Hall’s top recruit is shooting guard Myles Cale (ranked 87th in his class according to 247sports). The 6’4” guard averaged an impressive 26 points and nine rebounds during his senior season and is a great finisher around the rim. He should be an ample replacement for Madison Jones.
Another of Seton Hall’s most interesting new faces is Romaro Gill. The Jamaican seven foot, 235 pound big man signed a letter of intent to play with the Pirates this season after playing at junior college Vincennes University. Last year he had an amazing 85 blocked shots. While he is still a bit of a mystery, Gill is a tantalizing prospect, and could be a valuable piece in the Seton Hall front court.
The Pirates’ other three freshmen are Sandro Mamukelashvili, Jordan Walker, and Darnell Brodie. Mamukelashvili, a 6’11 forward, committed to the Pirates over Vanderbilt Boston College and Louisville, and will be their seventh player that is over 6’9” tall. He has a nice stroke from outside and could take a starting spot next season to stretch the defence away from Delgado in the post.
Walker is a defensive point guard from New Jersey who committed to his hometown Pirates in May of this year, Brodie is an undersized center who makes up for his 6’9” height with his 260 pound frame in the post.
Seton Hall’s frontcourt is still solid after last season, and will be for seasons to come. With most of their offense running through returning stars Carrington, Delgado, and forward Desi Rodriguez, the immediate future looks bright. The only questionable spot on the lineup will be the point guard position.
With the graduation of Madison Jones, rising sophomore Myles Powell looks to have the point position locked up, unless Jordan Walker can impress and progress during his freshman season. Otherwise, returning players will make up the majority of the starting lineup for the 2017-18 season.
Prospective starting lineup:
- Myles Powell
- Khadeen Carrington
- Desi Rodriguez
- Sandro Mamukelashvili
- Angel Delgado
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