After a month long quiet period, Monday marked the front end of a two month recruiting period which will last through November 11th. Not surprisingly, recruiting news has spiked after over thirty days of silence -- quite literally. With Aquille Carr still very much in limbo and the greater than impossible chance that a player opts to transfer during or after the 2012-13 campaign, recruiting the high school Class of 2013 remains important. So far, just over five days of activity has revealed which schools are going to build upon the interest they showed recruits during the summer AAU periods. As was the case previously, three local recruits have found themselves at the top of Seton Hall's recruiting wishlist.
2013s Tyler Roberson (Roselle Catholic HS, NJ), Reggie Cameron (Hudson Catholic HS, NJ) and Austin Colbert (Gill St. Bernard's, NJ) have attracted extraordinary interest from the Seton Hall staff this week. Tyler Roberson hosted Kevin Willard and Shaheen Holloway for an in-home visit on Tuesday night after the 6'7'' forward was evaluated during a workout on Monday. Being a consensus Top 50 player in the Class of 2013, seeking a commitment from Tyler will obviously not go uncontested. Roberson had an in-home visit with Syracuse's Jim Boeheim on Monday night and has been watched by just about every school on his list of ten. Kentucky's Orlando Antigua and Kansas' Joe Dooley were in Jersey yesterday and John Calipari will be in next week to watch Roberson. The thought is that if Tyler wants to stay local, he will choose Seton Hall over Rutgers. Once Roberson's list of ten is trimmed further, we will see if Seton Hall has a realistic shot of landing Roselle Catholic's star.
Before conducting their in-home with Tyler Roberson on Tuesday night, Willard and Holloway traveled a short distance to watch Reggie Cameron workout. Cameron, who recently sliced his list to seven schools, had an in-home visit with Miami (FL) on Sunday night, was watched by UConn on Monday and was evaluated by NC State on Wednesday. Reggie was scheduled to officially visit Michigan this weekend but it looks like that visit might not get off the ground. While I don't think Seton Hall will ultimately land Reggie, the staff is certainly still going after him -- they have set up an in-home visit for Sunday evening.
The last local 2013 that Seton Hall is going after is Austin Colbert of Gill St. Bernard's. Like Reggie Cameron, the staff has also set up an in-home with Austin sometime next week. The 6'8'' forward recently blogged about the six schools that comprise his narrowed down list, here is what he had to say about Seton Hall: "Seton Hall has always been there. Coach Kevin Willard and coach Sha [Holloway] always reach out to me and it doesn’t even have to be about basketball and they are in Jersey and it’s good to be home." Colbert has scheduled official visits to Miami (FL), Illinois and Vanderbilt. Colbert has said that he won't take an official to Seton Hall due to it's close proximity to Gill St. Bernard's.
Around twenty-five Seton Hall fans took in a fall ball game between Hudson Catholic (Reggie Cameron) and Gill St. Bernard's (Austin Colbert, Tyus Battle) on Wednesday night to make their presence known, much like they did for Kyle Anderson last fall. I personally feel that Seton Hall has a better shot at landing Colbert than Cameron.
- Assistant coaches Dan McHale & Shaheen Holloway, Kansas' Joe Dooley, Rutgers, and Michigan State watched 2015 forward Karl Towns (Saint Joseph's-Metuchen, NJ) yesterday. Towns tripped to the state of North Carolina to visit Duke, North Carolina State and North Carolina in late August. As a 6-11 sophomore, Karl can knock down the three, play in the post and even drive past his defender -- Towns will be a great get for any school in the country.
- In addition to watching Karl Towns, McHale and Holloway also watched Saint Joseph's Wade Baldwin, a 2014 guard. Northwestern and Stanford were also present to evaluate Baldwin. Seton Hall has offered.
- 2014 guard Phil Booth (Mount St. Joseph's, MD) will visit Seton Hall but has not scheduled a date yet.
- 2013 PF Rashed Anthony (Flora McDonald, NC) is hearing from Oklahoma, Seton Hall and Boston College. Rashed is described by SLAM Online and Phenom Hoop Report as a mid-major type player with a high motor on defense, active on the offensive glass and having the ability to knock down outside shots.
- RaShawn Powell (Dr. Phillips HS, FL) is set to announce his college decision between Illinois, Memphis and Alabama tomorrow at noon. Seton Hall had made Powell's final seven.
- Seton Hall offered 2015 PF Horace Spencer (William Tennent HS, PA) while he was on an unofficial visit to Seton Hall two weeks ago. Here is some footage of the big man.
- Vanderbilt is the sixth school to offer 2016 guard Tyus Battle (Gill St. Bernard's, NJ). Seton Hall is one of those six.
- Despite awkwardly adding Seton Hall to his list of schools after initially omitting them, it looks like 2013 guard Roddy Peters is a Maryland lean. Peters isn't even mentioning Seton Hall anymore after taking visits to Xavier and Georgetown while also scheduling officials to Rutgers and UCLA.
- Its looking more and more likely that Seton Hall will not bring in a 2013 point guard if Aquille Carr fails to make it to South Orange. There hasn't been anything out of RaShawn Powell's camp regarding Seton Hall and no other current point guard targets have been mentioning the Pirates. UCF decommit D.J. Bowles (Oldsmar Christian, FL) could come into play in the future. The 2013 PG mentioned recent interest from Seton Hall when he spoke with Andrew Dzurita of Lions247 but nothing has developed as of yet. Penn State, Xavier, Wichita State, Murray State, Rhode Island, Virginia Tech, Butler and Georgia State have traveled to Florida to watch D.J. this week.