With the fall contact period ending Wednesday and the evaluation period underway, we figured today was the perfect day to drop the latest South Orange Juice recruiting roundup. We've got a slew of recruiting tidbits surrounding the developments of many current recruits, as well as a look at a few new names including a pair of Charles' that have appeared on the radar.
To begin with the new names, earlier this afternoon South Orange Juice confirmed with a close source that the Pirates are among the favorites to land 2012 PF/C Charles Mitchell (Wheeler HS, GA), joining Maryland, Tennessee, FSU, Iowa and URI. Joe Davis of Scouts Focus, was first to link the player to the Pirates. Although Seton Hall is thought to be right there, I'm hearing that Maryland leads for the 6'7-250lb senior that averaged 19PTS/9REB in his junior season at Wheeler High. Maryland's head coach, Mark Turgeon recently watched Mitchell workout at Wheeler and the player is expected to visit MD on an official sometime in mid-October. Mitchell fell just shy of averaging a double-double as he only grabbed 6REB in the last game of the 2010-11 season, despite ripping down 9 or more in every other contest. Regardless of what the numbers say, it's clear that Mitchell is a consistent double-double threat, night-in and night-out at the high school level. The player is listed as the 25th PF in the '12 class by ESPN and 12th by Rivals.
Yesterday, in a story about A.W. Hamilton and Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, VA) prep school, Dave Telep broke the news that Seton Hall recently dispatched assistants to watch the 2012 PF Charles Buggs, a native of Arlington, Texas. Buggs, who is listed at an extremely lean 6'8-190lb, was injured for a portion of his senior season at Arlington Martin High and lacked focus for the other half. Still, Buggs enrolled at HMA with minimal offers (specifically, redshirt offers for low-majors) and now has head coaches from major programs coming to watch him play. According to Telep, he's already picked up offers from Marquette and BU this September. Yesterday, a source close to the staff confirmed that Buggs is definitely on the team's radar as he fits their program exceptionally well. For a 6'8PF, he can shoot it from deep and I'm told he was unconscious during the first half of the summer session before going through a drought. As we noted yesterday, Buggs is highly intelligent, an exceptional athlete with a seemingly limitless, ceiling. He projects to play a face-up four at the next level, but before arriving, he must add mass as he needs to improve his rebounding ability.
Hit the jump for the rest of this week's recruiting tidbits.
When we left off with our last recruiting update, we were awaiting on word of Kareem Canty and Jevon Thomas' commitments. As you've learned from our comments on various posts and the Twitter account, neither player landed at Seton Hall. Depending on who you talk to, the feeling on "missing" these two players varies greatly. Some sources claim the staff was too concerned with the academics of each player to be willing to accept a commitment to the 2012 class. Other sources state (at least Canty's case), the staff was trying to setup an official in the eleventh hour. The truth is probably somewhat in the middle, leaning towards the former.
- As discussed above, Kareem Canty gave a verbal commitment to Marshall during his official visit last Saturday night. Over the last month, Canty was widely expected to land at Marshall. His camp made various comments about going where they felt, "loved" instead of, "liked," presumably in reference to being the Kyle Anderson back-up plan.
- Also as expected, last Wednesday, the former St. John commit Jevon Thomas, "went with his head" and pledged his services to Dayton.
St. Joe's became the latest to offer Seton Hall target, '13PG Geno Thorpe, on Monday. The Pirates extended an offer back in August.
- Seton Hall joined a long list of schools who recently watched, '12PF Chris Obekpa. Obekpa, in my eyes, remains a, "stretch target," meaning, the interest is probably a little less than mutual between the player and the staff.
- Richard Peters, a Westwind Prep teammate of Kareem Canty announced on October 5th that he's headed to Washington State. Just days before Canty's commitment, I was told the Pirates would be interested in taking Peters on his own (should Canty go to Marshall) and that a package deal with Canty wasn't necessary. A few weeks prior to his verbal, Peters confirmed that Seton Hall had offered.
- Also on Wednesday, Dominic Artis a top-10 PG in the 2012 class, decommited from UCLA, just two weeks after Kyle Anderson popped for the Bruins. I checked with a couple sources, all of whom don't expect the Pirates to be players for the spectacular talent. He's likely to stay out west, probably ending up at Cal or Oregon.
- An extreme stretch Seton Hall target, '14PF Chris McCullough announced he will attend St. John's Midnight Madness. SJU's madness was a hot topic of conversation this week as Tone Loc, who hasn't been relevant in close to 25 years was originally slated to perform. Perform what, I don't know. In any event, Loc pleaded no contest to a domestic assault charge and he was promptly replaced by Meek Mill. The two rap artists couldn't be further apart in regards to their target audiences. I'm a fan of Meek Mill, but I have a feeling the Syracuse administration is in for quite the surprise when they, you know, actually listen to the lyrics of his songs.
In other Midnight Madness news, '15PG Isiah Briscoe, who has numerous offers (including Seton Hall and Rutgers), will attend UConn's. His parents must have granted him an extension on his curfew.
Speaking of Briscoe, he and teammate (also a stretch SHU target), Tyler Ennis worked out for a laundry list of staffs, yesterday. According to TheRecruitScoop, Syracuse and Memphis are the latest to show interest in Ennis.
Today, Pirates target, Mike Young '13PG (Hudson Catholic) told Five Star Basketball that West Virginia has been recruiting him the hardest.
As expected, one-time Seton Hall target, Negus Webster-Chan announced for Missouri this morning, becoming the fifth commitment in next year's class.
Seton Hall is one of about 50 schools to have interest in '13SG, Brannen Greene, who will be visiting Georgia Tech on an unofficial this weekend.
- Lastly, I'm told Seton Hall has initial interest in a true center coming out of the '12 class. Despite currently holding numerous offers, I've been asked to not release his name at this time. Stay tuned.