This is the fourth and final part of Tracking the Commitments for Seton Hall's 2011 class. It will cover the rest of Freddie Wilson and Aaron Cosby's seasons, further introduce you to Kevin Johnson and Brandon Mobley and expand on Jersey native Sean Grennan.
2 011 Commitment List:
PG Freddie Wilson (11/16/10 - signed)
G Aaron Cosby (6/28/10 - signed)
SG Haralds Karlis (11/3/10 - signed)
PG Sean Grennan (1/30/11- signed)
C Kevin Johnson (4/15/11 - signed)
PF Brandon Mobley (4/19/11 - signed)
PG Freddie Wilson, Hillhouse High School, CT - Connecticut Basketball Club:
Wilson scored a game high 25 points for Hillhouse (CT) in a 67-45 win over Cheshire on 2/26. On March 1st, Hillhouse advanced to the Southern Connecticut Conference Finals with a 53-45 win over Wilbur Cross. Wilson had an off shooting night (2 for 13), scoring just 9 points. The following night, Hillhouse prevented a third loss against favorite Career Magnet in the SCC Finals with a hard fought 55-43 win.
Freddie Wilson had another off night with 12 points on 4 of 15 shooting, but he picked it up in the other facets of his game by tallying 7 boards, 6 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks.
"Even though Freddie struggles, he draws so much attention that it helps out the other guys," -Hillhouse coach Renard Sutton
In the first round of the Class LL state tournament , Hillhouse escaped with a 56-54 OT win over Harding despite Wilson fouling out late in the fourth quarter of regulation. Wilson finished with 14 points.
No. 6 seeded Hillhouse was upset in the second round of the state tournament by No. 11 seeded Westhill, Wilson scored 24 points. This was surely a surprise as Hillhouse was expected to make the Class LL final 4 despite a No. 4 seed.
Hillhouse finished ranked No. 9 New Haven Register Top 10 poll with a 22-3 record. Two of their losses were at the hands of No. 5 Career Magnet and the third was to Westhill in the state tournament.
For similar analysis of the other Seton Hall recruits, follow the jump.
SG A aron Cosby, Northfield Mount Hermon, MA - Kentucky HoopStars:
In his first game back from a scary nose break, Aaron Cosby scored 20 points (7 of 19), hauled in 4 rebounds and tallied 2 dimes against St. Thomas Moore (CT) on 2/9. On the 18th, Cosby would score 27 points (10 of 24, 6 of 11 from 3PT) with 11 boards and 4 assists in a 61-59 win over Maine Central Institute. Just a few days later, Cosby would against increase his point total by scoring 31 points (10 of 27, 4 of 14) against Winchendon on the 23rd of February in a 91-68 win. Additionally, Aaron accumulated 9 assists and 8 boards.
In their first loss in nearly a month, NMH lost to St. Mark's (MA) on the 25th, 82-74. Cosby only scored 4 points on 2 of 11 from the field while adding 3 assists. Seems like the whole team struggled here.
The next day, NMH lost 73-69 to Brewster Academy (NH) in the final game of the regular season. Cosby had another off night with 14 points (6 of 20, 1 of 6), 5 boards and 4 assists. Aaron went up against former Seton Hall recruiting targets Naadir Tharpe (Kansas) and Elijah Carter (Rutgers) as well as shooting guard Durand Johnson (Pittsburgh).
In yet another disappointing state tournament performance by a Seton Hall commit's school, NMH lost 85-84 in the first round of the NESPAC AAA state tournament in a rematch against Maine Central Institute. Cosby scored 23 points (8 of 18, 4 of 5) with 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Unlike Hillhouse, NMH was able to play in the National Prep Championship at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. The tournament featured teams such as Notre Dame Prep, Hargrave Military Academy (VA), Brewster Academy (NH) and more .
In the first round, NMH defeated NIA Prep (NJ) 89-86, Cosby scored a whopping 33 points. In the next round, NMH faced Brewster Academy again, and like the first time, fell just short 65-59, ending Cosby's career at NMH. Aaron Cosby scored 19 in his last game in a NMH uniform.
Aaron Cosby was invited to play in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic this year as a replacement for Duke-bound Quinn Cook. Cosby competed in the 3PT shooting contest and played in what was basically an All-Star game. Here is the final box score - not that impressive. I was able to tune into the last quarter and a half where I saw Cosby take a lot of quick shots and run the point at times. Late in the game, Cosby had a nice drive and dish off of a defensive rebound. He finished with 5 points (2 of 10) and 2 assists. I'm not going to make excuses for Cosby, but it seemed like he took a majority of those 10 shots in the last quarter and change, was he just trying to make things happen down the stretch?
Cosby really excelled in the 3PT contest, which took place the day before while the finals were held at halftime of the Basketball Classic. Cosby hit 15 shots in the first round, which tied Anthony Hickey (WKU) for the lead. Austin Etherington (Indiana) and Andre Hollins (Minnesota) also advanced to the finals. Cosby won the finals outright by drilling 13 more.
PG Sean Grennan, Monsignor Donovan, NJ - NJ ShoreShots Select:
Since Part 3 of TtC, Sean Grennan scored 9 points against Southern (Manahawkin, NJ) in a 54-46 loss. Three nights later, Grennan and Monsignor Donovan rebounded with a 52-50 win over St. John Vianney, Grennan scored 29 of those 52 points. A week later, Grennan scored 20 points in a 52-50 win over St. Rose.
On February 24th, Grennan scored a season high 31 points in a 60-59 win over Central Regional. Grennan hit a three pointer at the end of regulation to give Monsignor Donovan the win:
The win would only be enjoyed for less than 24 hours as an over-matched and fatigued Mon Don side would lose 54-43 to Trenton Catholic, Grennan scored 13 points.
Monsignor Donovan would lose 59-37 to Red Bank Catholic in the first round of the South Jersey, Non-Public A tournament. Grennan scored a team high 16 points in the loss, Mon Don finished 15-8 on the season.
It seems as though Grennan was the focus point for opposing defenses. He had to carry the team or else they would struggle on offense and in the game. Monsignor Donovan failed to match up against a handful of talented opponents so I don't think it would be fair to knock Grennan for some of his low point outputs. He showed that he could play well against teams like Pt. Pleasant Beach (Jarelle Reischel) with 23 points and Neptune (20 points). On the flip side, its important to think about the quality of opponents that Mon Don played. I think its safe to say the Shore Conference is not exactly equal to the teams that Aaron Cosby and Northfield Mount Hermon went up against.
Check out this video of Sean Grennan signing his scholarship papers (can't sign a NLOI twice), courtesy of The Hoop Group .
C Kevin Johnson, William Howard Taft, CA - California Supreme:
Kevin Johnson averaged 11.3PPG, 9.9RPG, 1.7BPG on a talented Taft (CA) team. Johnson had his best game of the season against a real good Mt. Vernon (NY) team, he scored 26 points, collected 11 boards and 4 blocks.
PF Brandon Mobley, St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, WI:
Mobley averaged 20PPG, 8RPG and 2BPG in his senior season at SJNMA. Additionally, Mobley shot 46% from beyond the arc - he averaged almost 2 made treys per game.
Brandon is probably not the listed 6'9 height, but at times it will seem like Mobley is 6'9. Most accounts of Mobley's game state that while he isn't the biggest forward on the court (height & weight), he has a tremendous wingspan. I'm thinking that Mobley will contribute at a level somewhere in-between Ferrakohn Hall as a sophomore and Anali Okoloji as a freshman. In short, he will be an upgraded version of Anali Okoloji.
Here is a video of some SJNMA highlights, Mobley is #1 in red (Okoloji's old SHU number). I believe the clutch 3PT shot that the video description talks about is at 2:15.
SG Haralds Karlis, Canarias Basketball Academy:
There is no recent news to report on Haralds Karlis. All the info we have on him can be read here .
C Isaiah Hill, God's Academy, TX - Eric Gordan All Stars:
Its not yet official, but it might as well be - Hill will not be playing for Seton Hall next season. Barring divine intervention, Hill will be prepping next season.
If Seton Hall acquires any transfers or JUCO additions, we will highlight them in individual posts. TtC will be continued for the 2012 class sometime next fall. I hope everyone enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing this.