As Jersey’s Top 2 Players Spurn Rutgers, Seton Hall, Garden State Schools Need a Recruiting Coup

JR InmanIsaiah Briscoe, the top Class of 2015 prospect in New Jersey, is down to three schools.

Rutgers and Seton Hall didn’t make the final cut, but St. John’s, Kentucky and UConn did and the 6-foot-3 point guard out of Roselle Catholic is expected to announce his choice next week.

Tyus Battle, the top Class of 2016 prospect in the Garden State, recently cut his list to 11 schools.

Neither Rutgers nor Seton Hall made the list for the 6-6 combo guard from Gill St. Bernard’s, but both Kentucky and UConn did, along with other traditional powerhouses like Duke, Syracuse, Florida and Michigan. (For more on Battle, watch the SNY documentary, “The Battle Plan.”)

This is really nothing new for New Jersey’s top Division 1 programs. I’ve covered recruiting in the state for 15+ years and time and again, we’ve seen Coach KJohn Calipari, Rick Pitino, Jim Boeheim and others come in and take the top Garden State players out of state. To read more of this story, click here

Seton Hall’s Fuquan Edwin to Play With Spurs’ D-League Team (UPDATED)

FuquanFormer Seton Hall wing Fuquan Edwin will play with the San Antonio Spurs’ D-League affiliate in Austin after getting waived on Saturday.

“I’m going to fly out there next week and I’m going to be on their D-League team,” the 6-foot-6 Edwin told SNY.tv by phone Saturday from his home in Paterson, N.J. “Their main focus is still developing me, getting my shot down and me just working to try to get a few call-ups during the year.

“That’s my goal, to work hard, get better and get called up.” To read more of this story, click here

Big East Breakdown: Harrison Says It’s a ‘Failure’ if Johnnies Don’t Make NCAAs; Willard Hopes Whitehead is One-and-Done; Coaches Expect 5-6 Teams in Big Dance Annually

St. . John's vs VillanovaNEW YORK —  St. John’s was picked third in the Big East Preseason poll behind Villanova and Georgetown, and make no mistake: The pressure is on the Johnnies to make the NCAA Tournament this season.

“If we don’t make the NCAA Tournament, it’s going to be a complete failure of the year. Hands down,” senior guard D’Angelo Harrison, a First-Team All-Big East pick, told SNY.tv Wednesday at Media Day.

The Johnnies had a chance to make the NCAAs last year despite starting the season 0-5 in the Big East, but lost to eventual Big East Tournament champion Providence in the first round of the Big East and then fell to Robert Morris in the opening round of the NIT.

This year the Johnnies have no excuses. To read more of this story, click here

Briscoe, Alkins, Gibbs, Aiken to Visit Seton Hall Friday Night

Briscoe Peach Jam actionIsaiah Briscoe, Rawle Alkins, T.J. Gibbs and Bryce Aiken are among the top New York/New Jersey-area prospects who are expected in attendance Friday night for Seton Hall’s Basketball Tip-Off Party at Walsh Gym.

The 6-foot-3 2015 Briscoe of Roselle Catholic is coming off back-to-back visits to UConn and Kentucky and will trip to Missouri Oct. 10 and St. John’s Oct. 17 for officials. He recently told SNY.tv he may sign in the fall as opposed to the spring.

The 6-5 2016 Alkins of Christ the King has hosted a several coaches recently, including Louisville’s Rick Pitino, Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin and Indiana’s Tom Crean. To read more of this story, click here

Tiny Morton to Seton Hall Official; Kenny Pretlow Takes Over at Lincoln High

The seemingly inevitable has now become reality.

Dwayne “Tiny” Morton, the longtime Lincoln High School coach who mentored Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair, Lance Stephenson and Isaiah Whitehead, is now officially an assistant coach at Seton Hall. The July recruiting period begins next week and Morton — who replaced Oliver Antigua, who followed his brother Orlando Antigua to South Florida — could soon be on the road recruiting.

Kenny Pretlow, Morton’s longtime right hand man at Lincoln, is now the new head man at the Coney Island powerhouse.

“I think [Morton’s impact at Seton Hall] is going to be immeasurable,” Pretlow told SNY.tv by phone Thursday. “Those guys [Whitehead and incoming freshman wing Desi Rodriguez of Lincoln] have a relationship with him and I think the best part is that Seton Hall is getting a great coach. To read more of this story, click here

Isaiah Whitehead Gains Advice from Collegiate Players, Primed for Success at Seton Hall

IsaiahBy 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

Seton Hall’s Edwin to Play Summer League With OKC Thunder; Kilpatrick to the Sixers

Fuquan EdwinAfter 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