Seton Hall Basketball: The Overlooked Recruiting Targets

2014 guard Phil Booth has increased his stock by leaps and bounds this spring. Will Seton Hall's interest in the rising junior grow? (Photo credit: 247Sports.com)

Recruiting info is shared through multiple mediums -- Twitter, message boards, e-mail, blogs. Sometimes, info slips through the cracks and is overlooked. With that being said, here are some Seton Hall recruiting targets that we haven't been discussing.

Class of 2012

Aaron Parks 6'2'' 186lbs PG (Lake Clifton HS, MD) Rivals: n/a

Aaron is likely one of the point guards that has been described as "still in play" by those in-the-know with Seton Hall recruiting. Less than a blip on the recruiting radar, how Seton Hall likes it, Parks has received interested from Seton Hall, DePaul, UMass and Tennessee, per Rivals.

Parks scored 24 points against Aquille Carr and Patterson HS (MD) in a losing effort last season. The Baltimore Sun has hinted at the possibility that Aaron, who is labeled as a "strong, physical guard", is headed to a prep school next season.

To peruse the Classes of 2013 and 2014, please follow the jump.

Class of 2013

Karrington Ward 6'5'' 195lbs SG (Kankakee Community College, IL)

A first team JuCo All-American (one of ten players), Karrington averaged 19.6PPG, 9.1RPG, 3.4SPG, 1.5BPG & 1.5APG for Kankakee CC last season. The skinny on Ward is that he will likely need another year at Kankakee to become eligible, or else he would be set to sign and play for a D-I school in the 2012-13 season. While on an unofficial visit to Bradley last month, Ward was apparently the "best player in the gym", for whatever that is worth.

Karrington holds offers from Seton Hall, Wichita State, Baylor, Florida State & Rutgers, among several other mid-majors. He has also received interest from Kansas State, Marquette and West Virginia.

Zach Douglass 6'7'' 180lbs PF (National Christian Academy, MD) Rivals: n/a, 247: n/a

There isn't much about Zach on the internet, but he is described as a skilled face-up forward who really hits the glass. DMVElite describes his game here:

Zach has improved since his sophomore campaign, adding upper body strength and really showing the ability to face up. He is at his best when he draws his defender 15-18 feet from the basket and attacks. He will need to be able to hit the shot from this range to be a constant threat. He rebounds well and utilizes a baby hook when he has good post positioning. Zach does need to add strength to his legs so he doesn't get pushed out of the paint. Also, he needs to assert himself and demand the ball more because he is a legitimate option.

Per Rivals, Douglass has received offers from Seton Hall, Delaware, George Mason and Towson. He has also received interest from Maryland, George Washington, and East Carolina.

DeShaun Morman 6'3'' 190lbs SF/SG (Coolidge HS, D.C.) Rivals: #114th, Scout: n/a, ESPN: n/a

Deemed the "mini Shabazz Muhammad" by Findlay Prep Head Coach Michael Peck, DeShaun has blown up on the recruiting landscape since landing at Coolidge HS last year.

Capitol Hoops evaluation:

The 6'4'' lefty strokes the 3, finishes above the rim, and plays tenacious defense. While he could benefit from some additional ball handling work, the Coolidge star is arguably one of the most complete players on the East Coast.

According to All-Met Elite, Morman is in an academic pickle, which is quite common for Seton Hall recruiting targets. Based on what I read, it looks like Morman might have to prep if things don't work out at Coolidge.

Despite his academic opacity, DeShaun has collected offers from Seton Hall, UNLV, George Washington, Virginia, VCU and Providence since arriving at Coolidge -- the versatile wing previously held an offer from just UMass. Morman averaged 15.3PPG last season.

Ishmail Wainright 6'5'' 210lbs SF (Montrose Christian, MD) Rivals: 32nd, Scout: 4*, ESPN: 27th - 94rating, 247: n/a

Unlike Zach Douglass, there is plenty of information on Ishmail Wainright. One of the highest rated small forwards in his class, Ishmail was originally committed to the Missouri Tigers before de-committing last June.

Ishmail is described as a "physically gifted prospect with great strength and athleticism" by Capitol Hoops.

As expected, Wainright sports a slew of offers from nearly every high-major that one could name, including Seton Hall. Wainright started to receive interest from Duke in March, a clear indicator of his talent level and the fact that he is a stretch target. He told Josh Paunil of Recruiting Spotlight in March that he is favoring Syracuse, Kansas, Missouri and Florida. Arizona and West Virginia are the latest schools to have offered Ishmail.

Class of 2014

Johnnie Shuler 6'0'' 160lbs PG (Roosevelt HS, D.C.) Rivals: n/a, ESPN: n/a

Unless you're a standout player, high school sophomores don't usually receive too much press. Such is the case with Johnnie Shuler. Formerly a back-up point guard at basketball powerhouse DeMatha Catholic, Shuler has since transferred to Roosevelt High, a public school in D.C., after playing his last game for DeMatha in January.

Johnnie averaged 5.9PPG for DeMatha as a sophomore due to sharing playing time with fellow guards Jairus Lyles (2013, Top 150, Seton Hall target), James Robinson (2012, Pittsburgh commit), Marcellous Bell (2012, Binghamton commit) and Kameron Taylor (2012, uncommitted). Johnnie tallied a season-high 12 points against Bishop Ireton (VA) in January.

Per Rivals, Shuler has received interest from Maryland and Seton Hall.

Phil Booth 6'3.5'' 175lbs G (Mount Saint Joseph, MD) Rivals: n/a, Scout: 3*, ESPN: n/a, 247: n/a

Booth has received a bit more press than his predecessor, Johnnie Shuler. Most recently, Phil was deemed a breakout performer by Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels after his showing in the EYBL event in Hampton, Virginia two weeks ago. Daniels saw Phil as "effective both playing on and off the ball. Booth has good size and quickness, to go with a nice ability to score from both around the basket to on the perimeter." Sifting further through analyses of Booth, Alex Schwartz of NBESports and NorthStarBBall had the following to say about Booth last summer:

[Booth] has a chance to be one of the best players in the nation in the class of 2014. A 6’3 combo guard, Booth has a superb frame with long arms. He is an impressive athlete who can get off the ground and finish with authority on the break. Booth does not show much of a jumper, but part of that is because he is able to get to the cup with such ease so much of the time at this level. Regardless, Booth will need to improve his jumper from both mid and long range. He has the ability to become a lockdown perimeter defender due to his combination of length, size and strength.

Booth holds offers from Rutgers, Maryland and most recently, Georgetown. Interest has flooded in from a number of high-majors including Seton Hall, Ohio State, Syracuse, Villanova and Miami (FL).

Hakeem Coney 6'1'' 180lbs G (Quality Education, NC) Rivals: n/a, Scout: n/a, ESPN: n/a

From Anthony Fields to Lekan Ajayi to Jevon Thomas to Cinmeon Bowers, Seton Hall has had an entertaining relationship with QEA. Add another one to the list in Hakeem Coney.

Before arriving in North Carolina to play for Quality Education, Coney hooped for Johnson HS in Savannah, Georgia, hometown of current Pirate Brandon Mobley. After a season at QEA, Carolina Varsity has pegged Coney as the 7th best player in the North Carolina Class of 2014. Digging deeper, Recruit Dirt claims that Hakeem is Quality's "sleeper", a "Derrick Rose clone" and that he is "made of steel, tough as nails, athletic, can shoot it enough to be respected to set up his drive, the boy can flat out go!" Talk about an endorsement.

Coney has assembled interest from Charlotte, VCU, Seton Hall and Dayton.

Class of 2015

Ibrahiima Diallo 6'9.5'' 190lbs C (Quality Education Academy, N.C.) Rivals: n/a

A freshman behemoth, Diallo is listed with interest from the same four schools as his teammate Hakeem Coney, suggesting laziness on Rivals' behalf.

Despite being listed as a Class of 2014 player and "Ibrahima" instead of "Ibrahiima" on many websites, Quality Education's roster has pinned Diallo has a freshman (2015) and spells his first name "Ibrahiima", not "Ibrahima". His classification status aside, QEA head coach Isaac Pitts has fluffed Diallo's pillow by describing him as "one of the best freshman in the country." From a more objective standpoint, Phenom Hoops Report has the following to say about Diallo:

Diallo is 6’10 with an impressive 7’5 wingspan and a body frame that can easily add weight and muscle. Diallo has been hampered by growing pains and the long and athletic center was grimacing many times during the course of the day. That being said, Diallo stuck it out and continue playing while on-lookers could easily see the pain in his face. That being said, Diallo has a high ceiling for growth and upside and his potential is unlimited. While he is still somewhat young in basketball experience, all he needs is to continue his steady growth of improvement in the area of offensive skill sets. Diallo had a solid, but not spectacular camp and should be an intriguing prospect over the next few years.

Sounds like a stereotypical "project" big man following in the Bigfoot size footsteps of former Seton Hall target and visitor Lekan Ajayi. While watching Diallo play for Southern Select (AAU), 247Sports added that Diallo "is a big body with good hands and a high ceiling. Showed a couple of good post moves and battled for rebounds." Furthermore, SlamOnline sees Diallo as "pretty coordinated and already owning a gritty demeanor in the paint" while adding that Diallo "makes much more of an impact on the defensive end at this stage of the game, he’s definitely a name to remember for the future."



While this is just a fraction of Seton Hall's recruiting profile, it looks clear to me that the coaching staff is honing in on the Mid-Atlantic, specifically the DMV area (D.C., Maryland, Virginia). As you probably know by now, assistant coach Chris Pompey, who is arguably Seton Hall's most talented recruiter, thrives in this region. Stay tuned for more recruiting coverage this summer as the AAU circuit heats up.
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