Everyone reading this should be aware of the fact that Class of 2013 commit Aquille Carr (Patterson HS, MD) was arrested on Friday morning. If you missed it, read up.
Now that the dust is starting to settle, it seems obvious that the staff has a decision to make when they return from the Canary Islands later this week. The options appear to be: cut ties with Aquille, bite the bullet and accept that Carr has baggage or wait it out to see if Carr is actually guilty of a crime and then make a decision. The alleged victim, Treshonda Williams, did not have any visible injuries despite claiming that Carr physically assaulted her. Williams, 26, is the mother of Aquille's five month old child.
Frankly, it doesn't matter much to me if Carr is found guilty or innocent. The fact of the matter is that Carr has made some very questionable choices in his life thus far and is carrying some serious baggage with him in the form of academic issues, a child and now this arrest. Despite being a consensus Top 60 player in the Class of 2013, Carr doesn't seem to fit the mold of a Kevin Willard recruit. The skipper has had to deal with his fair share of off the court problems that carried over from the Bobby Gonzalez era. Keon Lawrence and Jamel Jackson didn't make the cut while Herb Pope eventually crossed the finish line. Does Kevin Willard have the patience to take on another project? The answer may depend on how much confidence he has in Sterling Gibbs, Tom Maayan and Freddie Wilson being able to run the point for the foreseeable future. It may also rely on how confident the staff feels about landing another Top 150 recruit to replace Aquille Carr.
Follow the jump for discussion on Aquille Carr contingency plans and a bunch of recruiting updates.
Austin Colbert may be the leading candidate in the Class of 2013 to wind up at Seton Hall. Despite including Seton Hall in his final six, it doesn't look like 2013 PG Roddy Peters (Suitland HS, MD) is seriously considering the Pirates while Maryland is rumored to be the favorite -- Peters visited Maryland on Tuesday. On another front, there hasn't been much out of RaShawn Powell's (Dr. Phillips, FL) camp since he cut his list to seven, which included Seton Hall. My gut feeling is that he is headed elsewhere.
Another high school senior who Seton Hall has been on for quite some time is Reggie Cameron (Hudson Catholic, NJ). Rumors swirled this week that he had cut his list to five and that it didn't include Seton Hall. Cameron insisted that he didn't have a reduced list, which Adam Zagoria wrote about. Cameron visited UConn on Tuesday and plans to visit Georgetown this Wednesday. Reggie was in South Orange last Sunday for an unofficial with 2014 F Chris McCollough and 2016 G Tyus Battle (Gill St. Bernard's, NJ). Cameron told SNY.tv the following about his visit to Seton Hall: "I always have a good time there," Cameron said. "They got a really good coaching staff. I like watching them practice." Michigan offered Cameron this week -- he would fit in incredibly well in Ann Arbor.
Coming full circle, Austin Colbert has transferred to Gill St. Bernard's (NJ) and is down to six schools. Colbert is considering Seton Hall, Miami (FL), Memphis, Vanderbilt, Illinois and Georgia Tech. Colbert plans on taking his allowed five official visits to every school except Seton Hall, for proximity reasons.
- Seton Hall has offered 2016 G Temple Gibbs (Seton Hall Prep, NJ), the younger brother of Sterling and Ashton (Pittsburgh). From what I've heard, Temple is supposed to surpass both Ashton and Sterling in terms of talent level. For the record, Ashton averaged 14.6PPG+ in his final three seasons at Pittsburgh.
- 2013 PG Nigel Johnson (Riverdale Baptist, MD) has picked up interest from Rutgers and Seton Hall. MarylandHoops.net ranks Nigel Johnson as the seven best point guard in Maryland while Capitol Hoops rates Nigel as the 19th best player in the DMV. Johnson has collected offers from a handful of mid/low-majors such as Cornell, Bucknell, Holy Cross, American, George Washington, William & Mary and Northeastern. Johnson led the DMV in scoring with 29.5PPG last season for Broad Run (VA).
- 2015 SG Nick Brooks (Rutgers Prep, NJ) claims interest from Seton Hall, New Hampshire, Rider, St John's, Bucknell, Manhattan & Villanova.
- Seton Hall has expressed interest in 2015 SG Felix Culmer of Lloyd C. Bird HS (VA).
- Goodluck Okobonoh has reclassified to the Class of 2014 and has transferred to Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA).
- Georgia Tech has offered 2013 G Tim Quarterman (Johnson HS, GA).
- Adam Zagoria wrote an update on how Cheick Diallo's (Our Savior New American, NY) summer went. Seton Hall has offered the 2015 forward from Team SCAN.