Kevin Johnson (left) is a lane-clogger that the Pirates would love to have in the front court this season and beyond. (Photo courtesy of Michael Yanow)
Nearly a month has passed since talented freshman big man Kevin Johnson set foot on Seton Hall's campus. Still, there is no word from the NCAA on his eligibility.
The staff has repeatedly told South Orange Juice that Johnson is, "on track" and as recently as Wednesday told the Juice, "no decision has been made." Yesterday, head coach Kevin Willard told Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv yesterday that Johnson is "Still under review."
If Kevin Johnson is enrolled at Seton Hall then he could possibly never be allowed to play for the Pirates if he is deemed ineligible by the NCAA. His enrollment seems likely as the Seton Hall add/drop class period closed on September 6th - over two weeks ago.
Another possibility is that this situation will turn into one that resembles what happened to former Pirate Melvyn Oliver. 'Big Mel' was allowed to practice with the team while his eligibility was still being determined. Oliver was then deemed ineligible for the 2008-9 season but was allowed to improve his academics at Seton Hall in order to play the following season (2009-10).
The worst case scenario would be the NCAA ruling that Johnson is ruled ineligible and that he can't ever suit up for Seton Hall. The next most unfavorable ruling would be that Johnson can practice with the team but can't play until 2012-13, essentially turning this season into a prep year at Seton Hall. The most desirable outcome would be Johnson suiting up sometime this season, whether it be the entire season or the second semester.
I'm sure there are modifications of the above scenarios that the NCAA can come up with, but I believe the above outlines a general range of what can happen.
At this point, South Orange Juice has been hearing things that tend to lean towards the unfavorable spectrum of scenarios. Our fingers are crossed.
For the latest on Seton Hall target Daniel Dingle and more recruiting updates, follow the jump.
St. Raymond's (NY) talented 2012 forward Daniel Dingle hosted Seton Hall for an in-home visit last night. After hosting Auburn and Temple for similar visits, the senior has a Top 3 of Seton Hall, Auburn and Temple, per his older brother, Dana Dingle.
If all goes according to plan, Dingle will take official visits to all three schools and go from there.
Dingle does not fit an immediate need (PG/PF) but he is a hard working player with no baggage and is from a respectable school. In comparison, Kareem Canty and Jevon Thomas have been to multiple schools, have had unstructured recruiting processes and reportedly have academic issues. Additionally, Daniel's older brother, Dana, is the director of the Long Island Lightning, a respectable AAU program. It never hurts to be on the good side of people like that.
Seton Hall had an in-home visit with 2012 PF Christopher Obekpa of Our Savior New American (NY) this past Sunday. The visit was followed up by an in-home with the UConn staff on Monday night. Out-recruiting UConn would be a tall task but if the staff lands Obekpa, he would fill a void potentially left if Kevin Johnson is ruled ineligible.
- Per CBSSports.com, Seton Hall was recently cut from JUCO center Waverly Austin's list of schools. Austin is a very talented player -- I had no idea that he was even being recruited by the staff.
- Kevin Willard wasted no time getting back on the recruiting trail after Kyle Anderson committed to UCLA. On September 20th, Willard was in West Virginia to watch 2012 SF Negus Webster-Chan of Huntington Prep (WV) workout. This is surprising to me since I thought the Webster-Chan ship had sailed over the summer. Negus and his teammate Stefan Jankovic (former Seton Hall target) visited Missouri recently, who, along with Iowa State, appear to be the favorites for Webster-Chan's services. Jankovic and Webster-Chan might even be a package deal to Missouri, as they have considered playing together in college.
- While Willard was in West Virginia on September 20th, an assistant from the coaching staff was in Connecticut watching 2014 PF Chris McCullough of Salisbury School workout.
- The staff is still going hard after 2013 Hudson Catholic (NJ) trio Kavon Stewart, Reggie Cameron and Mike Young.
- 2013 G target Geno Thorpe has scheduled a visit to Penn State on October 1st, Kansas State on October 29th and has yet to pick a date for a visit to Wisconsin. While Thorpe has said that he is actively considering Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Rutgers and Baylor, it looks like the three schools he is set to visit are the favorites.
- Davon Reed, a talented 2013 guard from Princeton Day School (NJ), is visiting Harvard this weekend. I doubt this kid will have any "academic issues" if hes getting a look from Tommy Amaker and Harvard.
- If 2013 guard targets Hallice Cooke and Josh Brown (both of St. Anthony, NJ) are seriously considering playing together in college, I doubt Seton Hall would take them as a package. That doesn't mean they aren't good players, but Seton Hall is too short on scholarships to take two borderline Big East talents (at this point). Both players visited Temple last Saturday for their football game against Penn State.