When Isaiah Whitehead announced his commitment to Seton Hall in September, he noted his intention to bring NYC recruits with him, "This is our show. New York City ball is coming to Jersey." On Monday night, Whitehead's Abraham Lincoln teammate, 2014 wing forward Desi Rodriguez, verbally pledged to join him and Kevin Willard's Pirates, in South Orange, next fall. Whitehead, of course, broke the news:
Congrats To My Bro Desi Rodriguez Just Committed To Seton Hall Welcome To The Fam 🙌🏀🔥 #SHBB— Isaiah Whitehead (@Isaiah_W15) December 24, 2013
Following Tommy Maayan's departure on December 11th, the Seton Hall staff wasted no time in filling the open scholarship the sophomore guard left behind. The Pirates managed to add depth to their wing position, following the departures of Brian Oliver and Fuquan Edwin at season's end, while further strengthening their NYC recruiting ties and bolstering their 12th rated recruiting class.
The 6'6-220 Rodriguez held low and mid-major offers (Buffalo, Central Connecticut, Hofstra, Niagara, Southern Miss and Towson) and considered reclassifying to 2015. There seems to be some confusion as to whether Rodriguez had already reclassified to 2015 as Adam Zagoria originally reported, or whether he planned to, but in any event, the plan is to play for the Pirates next season.
Though he was lightly recruited at the high-major level thus far, Rodriguez is off to a ridiculous start in his senior season, averaging 26 points & 14 rebounds, numbers that piqued the interest of Duquesne assistant Brian Nash and Seton Hall's Fred Hill Jr., who both watched him last week.
Willard secured Rodriguez's services before his recruiting was able to skyrocket with other high-major players. Certainly, a worthwhile gamble, as the Pirates found themselves with an open scholarship and the trust of a possible program changing signee in Isaiah Whitehead and Lincoln Coach, Tiny Morton. Rodriguez spent last weekend at the City of Palms tournament, with his Railsplitter teammates, lighting up the box scores against Greenforest (26 points) and Montverde (25 points) in consecutive nights.
From all of us at SOJ, welcome aboard, Desi!