By JOHN PAVIA
Special to ZAGSBLOG
UNION, N.J. – Incoming Seton Hall freshman Isaiah Whitehead looked very comfortable among a collection of seasoned collegiate guards at the Nike Point Guard and Big Men Skills Academy at Kean University.
Whitehead, a 6-4 combo guard, was the lone player from the incoming freshmen class among the group of collegiate guards, but he looked like he was just another veteran player on the court.
“They’ve [the college guards] given me advice, but just playing on the court with them,” Whitehead said. “Just seeing what they do to me and then they’ll explain it to me after. Like [Gonzaga guard] Kevin Pangos, he gave me a lot of info just about how to control your team, to control the tempo of the game and have it under control.” To read more of this story, click here
After initially planning to play summer league with the Philadelphia 76ers, former Seton Hall standout Fuquan Edwin will now join the Oklahoma City Thunder in Orlando, his agent told SNY.tv Friday.
“I was actually looking forward to [the Sixers] too but as of right now with pro basketball it’s a business so you try to figure out what situation is best for you and I trust in my agent [Joel Bell] a lot and I know he knows what he’s doing,” Edwin told SNY.tv by phone Friday. “If he feels OKC is the best fit then we’re going to work with that.”
Edwin worked out for the Thunder, among other teams, and believes they like his game. To read more of this story, click here
In a delicious twist of fate, former Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez will coach against several incoming Seton Hall recruits in tonight’s Frankie Williams Charity Classic in Greenburgh.
Gonzalez, who was fired by Seton Hall in 2010, is listed as a coach of “Team Inspire” which takes on “Team Desire” in the 8 o’clock game at the Theodore D. Young Community Center.
The roster for “Team Desire” features four incoming Seton Hall players in McDonald’s All-American Isaiah Whitehead, Khadeen Carrington, Desi Rodriguez and Angel Delgado.
“I’m going to speak to both teams before the game and I’m bringing Luis Flores with me to have him coach,” Gonzalez told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here
By ADAM ZAGORIA & JOSH VERLIN
Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard continued to build on his stellar 2014 recruiting class with the commitment of Michael Nzei, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound power forward/center from Our Savior New American.
Nzei committed to the Pirates after visiting two weeks ago, becoming their sixth pledge in 2014.
“He’s a young Kenneth Faried,” one source said. “He plays hard with a lot of energy and athleticism.”
“Mike is a versatile forward who brings a high level of energy to the court and can be an asset on both ends of the floor,” Willard said. “We are thrilled to have him join our family here at Seton Hall. Mike certainly complements this recruiting class well and adds another option to our front court.” To read more of this story, click here
After notching a vertical leap of 24 inches at the Portsmouth Invitational April 16-19, Fuquan Edwin decided he needed to do some more calf raises.
Now he’s doing 200 per night with the aim of adding a couple of inches to his vertical leap.
“I’m excited. I’ve been doing some calf raises,” the 6-foot-6 Paterson, N.J., native told SNY.tv by phone on Thursday. “Coming from Portsmouth, I didn’t like my vertical jump.”
Edwin, the reigning Big East Defensive Player of the Year, is seeking to become the first Seton Hall player chosen in the NBA Draft since 2001, when the late Eddie Griffin and Samuel Dalembert both went in the first round.
DraftExpress.com currently projects him as the No. 59 pick out of 60 — going to the Toronto Raptors. To read more of this story, click here
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
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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