Let's be honest....this season is over. With that being said, we need to look toward the future of Seton Hall basketball and what direction Kevin Willard needs to take us in. I used to want Hazell to redshirt so we could have his scoring next year but recently I have reconsidered. I want Hazell to come back simply so he is gone after the year. I hope Robinson doesn't get his waiver, which I believe he won't, Keon needs to leave although he has been playing well recently, but I do want Pope to come back simply because we have no other option down low and he is by far the best of the three transfers.
The reason I want Hazell gone is because Seton Hall can not move forward as a program until all of the Bobby G era is gone. I think Willard is the guy to take us to the next level but lets be honest, this program needs to be wiped clean. The quick fix that Bobby G went after by acquiring all of the transfers (Keon, Robinson, Pope) has not worked and in the long run the program will be better when they are gone. People say that after this year we would lose SO MUCH TALENT but come on if we had that much talent why do we suck???? The key to creating a good basketball program is more about the system rather than the players. I believe Willard can develop a solid system based of defense and in time I believe the offensive scheme will come. But it is not until after this system is in place that we can even worry about getting top recruits, because quite frankly top recruits are overrated. Like you saw with Robinson and Keon especially, without a good system top recruits are a waste. And to the point of Hazell being gone, if he comes back this will only slow down the process of us learning to score and move on without Hazell. I would rather have Willard set up a good system than have a good scorer and thats what Hazell is. With him on the court next year it further delays what needs to happen for Seton Hall Basketball.
This team does have a lot of upside though. Fuquan Edwin, as you all know looks very very good, and Auda I believe can become a solid player, he does everything by the book and thats the type of players we need. I'm excited to see what this new recruiting class does Cosby looks very solid and Wilson looks decent. Karlis is the big mystery man. My hope is that he can turn out like a Juan Fernandez of Temple.....that would be much needed. WIllard needs to continue to bring in players that will match his style of basketball a good team offense and defense no more pass it to Hazell and hope that he hits a 3....for the program to move forward they have to wipe the slate clean. Yes, it will take a few years but be patient, it's what we need.