Calhoun is one of the best SGs in the the 2012 class -- unfortunately he is headed to Connecticut. (Pace for News)
With the floor general breakdown complete, its time to look at who they can potentially be dishing the ball off to for an open three -- the shooting guards. With incoming freshmen Aaron Cosby, Haralds Karlis and Sean Grennan expected to see time at the "2" this winter, I can't see the staff signing more than one shooting guard in the 2012 class.
Seton Hall's #1 shooting guard target and possibly their #2 overall target was Top 50 prospect Omar Calhoun (Christ the King HS, NY). However, Calhoun committed to Connecticut last week after his visit to the school. While this is a big loss, it wasn't unexpected. Calhoun was being courted by just about every major program in the country and Seton Hall was only on his list because of the possibility of him being a package deal with Kyle Anderson. While that is still a remote possibility (Anderson signs, Calhoun decommits then signs), it seems very unlikely.
Here is who the staff is targeting beyond Omar Calhoun:
Carlos Morris (6'6 - ESPN: 91, Rivals: 3 Star - #141, Scout: 4 Star)
Carlos Morris is another target from Florida (Arlington Country Day School) and is actually a teammate of PG target Ian Baker. Morris' 6'6 frame makes him a borderline wing. He is regarded as a big, athletic guard who can also slash to the bucket due to his height.
Morris has been offered by Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Georgia, Miami (FL), Providence, South Carolina and South Florida among a long list of mid-majors.
Morris averaged 11.9PPG for Arlington Country Day School as a junior.
Darrick Wood (6'4 - ESPN: 91, Rivals: 4 Star - #101, Scout: 3 Star)
Darrick Wood is another target from the local NIA Prep (Newark, NJ). While NIA has produced some solid players, the legitimacy of the school is certainly in question. Wood transferred from NIA to Huntington Prep (WV) for his junior season. He plays alongside another Seton Hall target who will be identified later.
Wood is a natural scorer that needs to work on his ability to take the ball to the basket. Wood is on the skinnier side and would benefit from putting on some muscle.
Wood scored a game high 17 points for NIA Prep in their 73-50 win over Panthers (2) at the Nike IS8 tournament last month.
Darrick has offers from Seton Hall, Rutgers and Georgetown with interest from a bunch of schools including West Virginia, Oklahoma State, USC, Arizona, UCLA & Oregon.
Cleon Roberts (6'4 - ESPN: 89, Rivals: 3 Star - NR, Scout: 3 Star)
Yet another target from Florida has popped up on the Seton Hall recruiting scene lately. Cleon Roberts (Miami Northland HS, FL) has a solid all around game and is leaning more towards being a combo guard.
Roberts holds offers from South Carolina, Georgia Southern and Wyoming.
Nkereuwem Okoro (6'4 - ESPN: 89, Rivals: NR, Scout: 3 Star)
A member of the Second Team All-Bronx, "Kerwin" Okoro is built to last. Okoro is a solidly built player who is transitioning from a wing to a shooting guard. When I saw him play last winter, he was definitely more of a Fuquan Edwin when he was at Paterson Catholic - a slasher. Okoro plans to work on his dribbling and shooting over the summer and into next season to become a 2-guard. Right now, Okoro thrives on defense and easy buckets.
Okoro named his Top 3 last month in the form of Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall -- all of who have offered. This decision came hours after rumors swirled on the internet that Okoro had committed to Iowa State - his favorite. Okoro has also received interest from Arizona, Xavier and St. John's, among others.
Right now, Okoro is very similar to what Fuquan Edwin was coming out of high school -- a talented yet one dimensional player.
Okoro plays for St. Raymond's (NY) and is teammates with another Seton Hall target who will be identified later.
Chris Bolden (6'3 - ESPN: 88, Rivals: 3 Star - #113, Scout: 3 Star)
Miami (FL) decommit Chris Bolden (Norcross, GA) is back on the market following the departure of Frank Haith this spring. Bolden is definitely more of a shooter than a slasher -- he has a mid-range game and a pure three ball. Like many shooters, Bolden can be streaky if he misses a few shots to start the game.
Bolden chose Miami (FL) over Clemson, Louisville, Marquette and Nebraska last fall. Now, he seems to be favoring Georgia Tech & Virginia Tech. Bolden spoke with Seton Hall and a bunch of other schools last month. Right now, it seems like it will take a little while before Bolden narrows down his list.
Dominique Bull (6'3 - ESPN: 84, Rivals: NR, Scout: 3 Star)
Bull decommitted from Rhode Island on April 29th citing "funny business with the coaching staff". Since, Bull has heard from VCU, Providence, Miami (FL), Seton Hall and Western Kentucky, among others.
Bull has said that he is taking his recruitment slow but plans to sign in the fall period. Doesn't look like there is too much interest here, Bull seems like a fringe high major player.
Melvin Johnson (6'3 - ESPN: 83, Rivals: 3 Star - NR, Scout: N/A)
Like Bull, there doesn't seem to be much interest here. Melvin Johnson (Rice HS, NY) is going to suit up for St. Benedict's (NJ) for his senior year after the closing of Rice HS.
Johnson is regarded as a great shooter when his feet are set but needs to work on his passing, rebounding and other aspects of his game.
Melvin has received offers from a long list of mid-majors including Xavier, Temple, George Mason, Towson, Hofstra and VCU. Providence is the only high major to offer him. Seton Hall, Miami (FL) and Rutgers have only shown interest.
Kasim Chandler (5'11 - ESPN: N/A, Rivals: N/A, Scout: N/A)
Kasim Chandler (Newark East Side, NJ) is more of a point guard but I mistakenly forgot to add him into the last piece because he lacks a recruiting profile from the three major services.
Chandler averaged 16.5PPG for Newark East Side as a junior. He reportedly has a great speed, good handles, and is a pass first point guard. He has interest from Xavier, Seton Hall, Providence, SMU and Siena.
Alex Kline reported that Kasim won't play for Newark East Side in his senior year. A destination school has not been announced yet.
Tiers of Importance:
1A = Good/Great get ... 1B = Solid get ... 2A = Decent get ... 2B = maybe staff sees something we don't ... 3s = Stretch -- mid-major player
1A: Darrick Wood
1B: Carlos Morris, Kerwin Okoro
2A: Chris Bolden
2B: Cleon Roberts
3A: Dom Bull, Melvin Johnson
3B: Kasim Chandler (PG)
Stay tuned for the last two parts of this series on Friday (wings) and next Monday (power forwards & centers).