Brian Oliver decided to transfer following the firing of his head coach, Paul Hewitt. (Associated Press)
Citing a desire to play closer to home, Oliver needed just one official visit and conversation with senior point guard Jordan Theodore to realize that Seton Hall was the right place for him. Playaz Basketball Club coach Jimmy Salmon told Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv that Oliver "Felt like he wanted to be closer to home." That seems like it is accurate since Oliver added a #jerseyboy hash-tag when announcing the news on Twitter.
Oliver is a 6'6 wing that would appear to be in the mold of current Pirate wing Fuquan Edwin aside from the fact that he is a deadly shooter. Oliver will likely team with Edwin on the wing next season and also play some two guard. Based on all reports, Oliver seems similar to incoming freshman Haralds Karlis, who is said to be a longer guard who can stroke it from deep.
While on his official visit yesterday, Oliver was spotted scrimmaging with the team. According to eye witnesses, Oliver was just as good as anyone on the court and had a great mid-range game and could shoot it from deep.
During his career at Georgia Tech, Oliver averaged 7.1PPG as a freshman, shooting 38% from 3PT (63-166) and 39% from the field. Last season, Oliver scored a career high 32 points against Syracuse in the Legends Classic Final in Atlantic City. Brian missed the final eight games of the regular season with a broken thumb - Oliver averaged 10.5PPG as a sophomore.
Seton Hall beat out Penn State, Missouri, La Salle, Connecticut, Georgetown, St. John's, Rutgers, Temple and Syracuse, all of whom expressed interest in Oliver, who decided to leave Georgia Tech following the firing of head coach Paul Hewitt this spring.
Oliver joins Southern Illinois forward Eugene Teague as the second transfer that Kevin Willard has brought aboard and will be eligible in 2012. Like Teague, Oliver will sit out the 2011-12 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.