To the surprise of many, the mystery man, Ray Austin, exists! Unfortunately, the first published news on Ray Austin in, well, almost forever, wasn't a good look. We learned that the Paris JUCO student who gave Seton Hall a verbal commitment on August 17th, was suspended for Paris (TX) Juco's opening game, Wednesday night. The Paris Dragons defeated Oklahoma Baptist Juco, 82-54 without Ray Austin and two of his teammates who all sat out suspended for disciplinary reasons. With the early signing session beginning Wednesday, it's going to be interesting to see whether Seton Hall comes away with Raymon's name on the dotted line. Austin is expected to make his season debut tonight, against Seminole State. Of course, we'll keep you updated on his performance tonight. Onto the recruiting roundup!
2012 PG Josh Gray (Phillis Wheatley, Houston) was scheduled to take an official visit to Seton Hall on Wednesday. Wednesday came and went and we learned that Gray pushed back his visit until Thursday, to allow Memphis to come in and watch him prior to departing for Seton Hall. Gray then rescheduled Memphis to Monday and was set to visit South Orange. Well, Thursday came and went and Gray canceled on the Pirates, seemingly removing one more name from the dwindling list of potential 2012 PGs available to the Pirates. Once again, Seton Hall attempted to hand a young player the key's to the ship and they were once against met with refusal. So much for the player's strong desire to play in the Big East. The other day I tweeted that his recruitment had more twists-and-turns than the Elijah Carter recruitment. This week, Memphis, Clemson and Texas Tech have all got involved in Gray's recruitment. It'd be in the Pirates' best interests to remove themselves from this circus immediately.
With Gray apparently no longer considering the Pirates, Seton Hall should do all they can to bring in 2012 PG Daiquan Walker (Constitution, PA). Walker worked out for Pittsburgh on Thursday and will visit PSU on November 12th. You might remember from a previous roundup that Walker was scheduled to take an unofficial to Seton Hall, but canceled, citing, "car trouble." Walker hasn't made his way back to South Orange yet, but they should probably consider sending him car service for an official visit sometime in the near future.
- Seton Hall may have to eventually settle on a JUCO point to come in and start in 2012. Doing so, would allow Willard to focus on securing 2013 PG, Jaren Sina (GSB). Sina, took his second visit of the month to Seton Hall on Wednesday, after Kevin Willard watched him a few nights earlier. There is very strong mutual interest between Seton Hall and Jaren Sina, however, like many SHU targets before him, Sina's recruitment is beginning to pick up. He recently told NBE that Alabama, Seton Hall, RU, Cincy, Miami, PSU and SJU have all offered. He also noted that location, and specifically staying close to home, would not factor into his decision. Having already reopened his recruitment once and only a junior, I wouldn't expect Sina to lock-in with a second school anytime in the near future.
On Monday, the Pirates offered 2012 C Jaleel Cousins (Spanish Fort, AL). Cousins, is the 6'10, "little,"brother of NBA star, DeMarcus Cousins. If you missed it Thursday, check out our feature on Jaleel, here.
- Cousins wasn't the only player out of Alabama to receive an offer this week as Seton Hall extended an offer to young, Cameron Diggs, a 6'7WF out of the 2016 class.
Seton Hall will take on the UMass Minutemen this afternoon at Walsh in their second and final, closed door scrimmage against another opponent. Tomorrow, the Pirates will hold an open blue/white scrimmage in conjunction with their, "Meet the Team," event. On Sunday, the Pirates will host a pair of AAU Teammates, 2014 PG C.J. Davis (Molloy) and 2013 PF Bryan Gellineau (Kellenberg). Gellineau has interest from Washington, Xavier, Army, Navy, SPC and Rutgers. Davis claims offers from South Carolina and Washington. Davis will also be in attendance for a Rutgers practice on Sunday.
- In a previous roundup, I mentioned the Pirates were looking to get involved with a true center out of the 2012 class. At the time, I wasn't allowed to post his name, but it would matter little. Kevin Boyle's, Landry Nnoko (Montverde), popped for Clemson late Thursday night. The Pirates had initial interest, but could never get seriously involved with the extremely sought after, seven-footer.
Follow the jump for the second half of this week's recruiting roundup, PG edition!
- 2013 PG Tyler Ennis (St. Benedict's Prep), recently said Seton Hall and Georgia Tech were recruiting him the hardest. Rumors of a commitment to Kansas began to swirl on Thursday night, but Ennis told Alex Kline the rumors were false and he wasn't anywhere close to making a decision.
One time stretch target, 2013 PG Isaiah Lewis visited Georgia Tech last weekend and St. John's on Tuesday. He recently gave his top six and to no surprise, Seton Hall was not included.
2013 PG Geno Thorpe (Shaler Area), visited Pitt's scrimmage last Saturday and will visit PSU next weekend, along with Daiquan Walker.
Extreme stretch Seton Hall target, 2013 PG Aquille Carr (St. Frances), is considering, Memphis, Maryland, Kentucky, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Louisville and "Setan Hall," according to the player's twitter.
I'm told the Pirates, and specifically, assistant coach, Chris Pompey have strong interest in 2014 PG Divine Myles (Blount, Mobile, AL). Over the summer Myles has drawn interest from Baylor, Memphis and Tennesse.
- Finally, 2015 PG Isaiah Briscoe (St. Benedict's) has seen offers piling up as of late. He's claiming offers from Baylor, Seton Hall, Cincinnati, Rutgers, DePaul, Pitt and Arizona. Once he gets a little older, he's sure to become a stretch target. The local St. Ben's product, is considered one of, if not the best PG out of 2015.