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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Jordan Brand Regional Teams Named; All 5 Seton Hall Pledges Named to Jordan Games

Below are the players selected for the Jordan Brand Regional Game set for April 18 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Four Seton Hall commits – Khadeen Carrington, Angel Delgado, Desi Rodriguez and Ismael Sanogo — will play in the Regional Game, while Pirates pledge Isaiah Whitehead, also a McDonald’s All-American, is in the National game. Rodriguez and Whitehead both played at Lincoln for coach Tiny Morton, who is expected to join the Seton Hall staff next season.

Rutgers-bound guard Michael Williams of Bishop Loughlin and Rutgers pledge D.J. Foreman of Massanutten Military were also chosen.

Two players from Our Savior New American — Baylor-bound shooting guard Kobie Eubanks and uncommitted forward Michael Nzei — were also selected.

Also of note, Christ the King big man Adonis Delarosa, whose team won back-to-back New York State Federation titles, is due to announce April 18, meaning he could do so at the event.

Here is the link to the Jordan Brand Classic national team players.

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Khadeen Carrington (Seton Hall)

Adonis Delarosa (Uncommitted)

Dwayne Foreman (Rutgers)

Terry Larrier (VCU)

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After Journey From the Alabama Projects to Seton Hall, Fuquan Edwin’s Career Comes to a Close

Fuquan EdwinNEW YORK — The first time I covered Fuquan Edwin, he was a long, athletic freak of a freshman forward at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic.

He couldn’t really dribble, shoot or create his own shot.

But he was a 6-foot-6 rebounding machine who scored a lot on layups and putbacks for a team loaded with Division 1 prospects.

He came out of the tough Alabama projects in Paterson, where the police once roared into his home in full armor looking for someone — and ended up making everyone get on the ground because they thought the TV remote his uncle was holding was a gun. To read more of this story, click here

Lincoln’s Whitehead Named Mr. New York Basketball

IsaiahSeton Hall pledge Isaiah Whitehead has been named Mr. New York Basketball.

“It feels great to be Mr. Basketball as a senior,” Whitehead, who averaged 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, told SNY.tv. “It feels like I’m going out on top even without a [city] championship.”

Former Lincoln greats Lance Stephenson (2009), Sebastian Telfair (2004) and Stephon Marbury (1995) all won the same award.

“It’s great,” Lincoln coach Tiny Morton said by phone. “All the great ones or good ones got it, so he was in line to get it this year because he was playing so well.”

The 6-foot-4 Whitehead was also selected to the McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic games next month.

Whitehead is part of a five-man recruiting class for Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard that includes Khadeen Carrington, Desi Rodriguez, Ismael Sanogo and Angel Delgado. To read more of this story, click here

Uncommitted Guard McBrayer Leads Patrick School to Union County Title; Seton Hall Getting Rebounding Machine in Angel Delgado

Dupree McBrayerUNION, N.J. — Dupree McBrayer is a New York native who has played high school ball in New York, Las Vegas and now New Jersey.

And on Saturday night the uncommitted 6-foot-5 senior guard poured in a game-high 25-points as The Patrick School won the Union County championship with a 62-54 victory over Linden at Kean University.

“I didn’t see it coming,” said Chris Chavannes, The Patrick School coach who succeeded the legendary Kevin Boyle and won his second straight Union County title and the school’s 18th overall. “Usually with Dupree, you have to chastise him to shoot the basketball and to be aggressive offensively. One of the problems we had in the two losses to Linden was our guards were back on their heels. We weren’t attacking them. That’s what we wanted him to do today.” To read more of this story, click here

Seton Hall Pledge Carrington Goes Off for 42 in Loughlin Win

Seton Hall-bound guard Khadeen Carrington went off for 42 points Friday night to lead Bishop Loughlin to a 90-71 win over Christ the King in the Brooklyn/Queens Boro championship.

Seton Hall associate head coach Shaheen Holloway was in attendance for the performance.

“[Carrington] displayed a great performance,” Loughlin coach Ed Gonzalez told SNY.tv by phone. “His shots were falling. [The team] was attacking the basket and they defended well.” To read more of this story, click here