Rodriguez Block, Carrington MVP Highlight Seton Hall Showing at Jordan Regional Game

NEW YORK -- In the closing seconds of regulation of the Jordan Regional Game, Miami commit Ja’Quan Newton let loose a jumper from the right wing that might have won the game for the Away team.

But Desi Rodriguez, a 6-foot-6 forward out of Abraham Lincoln High School, jumped up with his hand extended and blocked the shot, sending the game to overtime.

In the extra period, the Seton Hall-bound Rodriguez had 5 of his team’s 7 points, including a vicious dunk, as the Home team won, 102-99, at Barclays Center.

“I just wanted to contest the shot,” Rodriguez said after finishing with 17 points and 4 rebounds. “I know Ja’Quan is a great player. I knew he was going to take the last shot and I just had to get up and get the block.” To read more of this story, click here

Isaiah Whitehead Talks About Missing Jordan Game, Future at Seton Hall

NEW YORK — Isaiah Whitehead will miss Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic with a hamstring injury suffered during the recent McDonald’s All-American practices.

His coach at Lincoln High School, Tiny Morton, told SNY.tv Whitehead “just needs to stay off the court for 4 weeks.”

“It’s very disappointing but at the same time I just want to go into Seton Hall 100 percent, no nagging injuries,” Whitehead told SNY.tv in the above video interview from practice Wednesday at Basketball City.

The 6-foot-5 Whitehead also talked about his excitement about what’s to come at Seton Hall next season, where he may be reunited with his coach if Morton is added to the staff.

Four other Seton Hall commits — Desi Rodriguz, Angel Delgado, Khadeen Carrington and Ismael Sanogo — will participate in the Jordan Regional Game on Friday at the Barclays Center.

“I think they’re going to go at it and just put the friends stuff aside and just ball out,” Whitehead said.

As for the future, Whitehead said, “We’re going to go into Seton Hall next year and just try to win as much games as possible.”

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USF Hires Antigua, Strickland, Opening Up Spot at Seton Hall

OliverNew South Florida coach Orlando Antigua officially added his brother Oliver Antigua and Rod Strickland to his staff on Monday, thereby opening up a spot on Kevin Willard’s staff at Seton Hall.

SNY.tv reported April 4 that this was in the works.

Seton Hall can now move Lincoln High School coach Dwyane “Tiny” Morton into the open spot on the coaching staff, assuming Willard opts to do so. Morton coached both Isaiah Whitehead and Desi Rodriguez at Lincoln.

“Oliver is a terrific recruiter and coaches with great energy and passion which will benefit us here at USF,” Orlando Antigua said. “He helped assemble a recruiting class at Seton Hall that was ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 1 in the Big East Conference.” To read more of this story, click here

Orlando Antigua May Hire Brother at USF, Opening Up Spot on Seton Hall Staff

OliverARLINGTON, Texas — New South Florida coach Orlando Antigua may hire his brother, Oliver, as an assistant on his staff, which would then open up a spot on Kevin Willard’s staff at Seton Hall for Lincoln coach Dwayne “Tiny” Morton.

“We’d love to have that opportunity if it works,” Orlando said of hiring his brother, according to the AP.

Orlando Antigua landed the USF job on Tuesday and will take over that program as soon as Kentucky’s run ends here in the Final Four. The Wildcats face Wisconsin Saturday night in the national semifinals. To read more of this story, click here

NBA Scout Impressed by Whitehead at McDonald’s

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Isaiah Whitehead is the first Seton Hall commit to make the McDonald’s All-American game since Andre Barrett and the late Eddie Griffin in 2000 and the first New York City player since Loughlin’s JayVaughn Pinkston in 2010.

Heading into Wednesday night’s game, the 6-foot-4 Whitehead has already impressed at least one NBA scout in attendance in Chicago.

“Whitehead can shoot it,” the scout told SNY.tv. “Whitehead looks like a good player to me, that’s a good player for Seton Hall to get. To read more of this story, click here

Iowa State’s Kane Nearly Played for Gonzo at Seton Hall

Deandre KaneNEW YORK -- DeAndre Kane burst out laughing when the question was asked.

The 6-foot-4 Iowa State senior guard  was on the podium at Madison Square Garden getting set to take on UConn in the Sweet 16 on Friday…and here came a question about former Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez.

How close did Kane come to playing for Gonzo and how would his career have unfolded differently if he ended up at Seton Hall — where he initially committed in December 2008?

“Oh,” Kane said laughing. “I don’t know, man. I don’t know. That’s a long time ago.”

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Seton Hall-Bound Sanogo Reflects on High School Career, Future Prospects

Sanogo 1By JOHN PAVIA

Special to ZAGSBLOG

TRENTON, N.J. — After suffering a heartbreaking 49-47 defeat to St. Joe’s-Metuchen in the New Jersey Tournament of Champions final at Sun National Bank Center, Newark East Side’s Ismael Sanogo was visibly dejected and feeling something he had only felt once before during this entire season.

This loss was only East Side’s second of the entire season as they compiled a record of 30-2, which will stand as one of the finest seasons ever by a New Jersey public school, regardless of whether they ended up as TOC winners or not.

In Monday’s game, Sanogo, who is heading to Seton Hall next year, finished with five points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals as he battled foul trouble in the second half. While his statistics do not exactly stand out, it was his tireless work rate and ability to significantly affect both ends of the floor that helped lead his team along the comeback trail.

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