As spring signing period bears down, Seton Hall has work to do

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Ten days separate Seton Hall from the beginning of the spring signing period and the staff is still without replacements for guards Aquille Carr and Jerron Wilbut.

Seton Hall lost out on junior college point guard Devin Brooks (Western Iowa CC, Iowa) to Creighton. The staff was interested in Brooks, but the feeling was not mutual from the All-NJCAA Tournament guard.

Another guard target, Bobby Hunter (Santa Fe CC, Fla.), opted to commit to Illinois State earlier this week after failing to receive an offer from Seton Hall. The Redbirds pitched academics to Bobby, who led the country in scoring with 25.1 PPG, as they have a communications program that accepts all of his transfer credits.

After visiting with Monroe College (N.Y.) teammate Stephane Manga for the Villanova game, it was unveiled that there was little mutual interest between Seton Hall and power forward A.J. West. The junior college forward committed to Nevada last week. Curiously, Stephane Manga "committed" to Seton Hall via Instagram two weeks ago shortly before the social media interaction with Fuquan Edwin was removed. Manga visited South Orange with 2013 SG Jon Severe (Christ the King, N.Y.) and junior college point guard Kareem Storey (College of Southern Idaho, Idaho) on Tuesday. Manga is expected to trip to Xavier soon.

Jon Severe set an announcement date of May 22nd with a list of schools that originally did not include Seton Hall. However, the Pirates find themselves in the mix along with Pittsburgh, Rutgers, West Virginia, Duquesne, Boston College and others.

UPDATE (4/7 4:45PM): According to Alex Kline, Jon Severe has trimmed his list to Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Fordham, Seton Hall, West Virginia and Duquesne.

Kareem Storey, who originally committed to Utah out of Princeton Day (Md.), was not offered a scholarship for his sophomore season by Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak. A cold-hearted move whenever made, it is particularly sad in this case as Storey did not have an easy childhood -- his father was murdered before he was born. In response, Kareem took his talents to the College of Southern Idaho for a season where he averaged 8.4 PPG, 3.6 APG and 2.7 RPG in 24.2 MPG.

Beyond these three recent visitors, the staff is also recruiting 2013 guard Jaren Sina (Gill St. Bernard's, N.J.), 2013 PF Lennard Freeman (Oak Hill Academy, Va.) and 2013 PF Darryl Reynolds (Worcester Academy, N.H.). Sina will take an official visit to Alabama as soon as the current recruiting dead period subsides on April 11th at noon. There have been rumors that Sina may commit to Alabama during his visit.

Darryl Reynolds plans to make his college decision on April 24th. Reynolds recently visited Rhode Island a day after reportedly being down to four schools: Villanova, South Carolina, Utah, and Seton Hall. Darryl will take an official visit to Villanova this weekend and is scheduled to take an official visit to Seton Hall next weekend. Villanova and Utah have just recently offered.

For an Oak Hill post player, Lennard Freeman is certainly flying under the radar this late in the game. Freeman took an unofficial visit to Seton Hall in early March which included their home loss to Rutgers at Prudential Center. Lennard was supposed to visit Rutgers shortly after his trip to Seton Hall. I don't believe he took the visit, nor will he any time soon. There has been strong mutual interest between Freeman and North Carolina State and Xavier. I've been told that Freeman will reclassify to the Class of 2014 (hes playing up right now) if a school does not blow him away.

There was interest between Seton Hall and junior college point guard Tyrell Corbin (Salt Lake CC, Utah) as of several weeks ago. Tyrell is the son of Tyrone Corbin, head coach of the Utah Jazz, and originally played at UC-Davis before transferring.

As the days fly by, Seton Hall has a handful of options to work with before the spring signing period kicks off on April 17th. As of now, the staff has three scholarships open, with a fourth possibly opening up pending the status of Tom Maayan.

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