After senior centers Gene Teague (Vineland, N.J.) and Aaron Geramipoor (Manchester, England) exhaust their collegiate eligibility this season, head coach Kevin Willard literally has a huge hole to fill in his front court. So far, three high school seniors and one junior college player have emerged as recruiting priorities for the Seton Hall staff.
2014 forwards Sean O'Mara (Benet Academy, IL), Angel Delgado (Huntington Prep, W. Va.) and Quadri Moore (Linden, N.J.) have all recently started to narrow their respective lists of potential college destinations. The trio are all strongly considering Seton Hall.
Sean O'Mara, who is almost certainly being targeted by Fred Hill Jr., recently trimmed his list to six schools: Xavier, Loyola (Chicago), Wichita State, Seton Hall, UMass, and Wake Forest. O'Mara took an official visit to Wake Forest on August 3rd and has visits lined up to Loyola (Sept. 8-9) and Xavier (Sept. 15-16) next month.
While they don't look to be a front-runner for O'Mara, UMass just picked up a commitment from 2014 PF Rashaan Holloway (Schalick, N.J.), which may be telling here. Holloway visited Seton Hall earlier this summer, but did not receive an offer.
Angel Delgado, who is the highest rated of the three high school forwards, has also honed in on several schools recently. Delgado's AAU coach Dana Dingle mistakenly tweeted that Angel had a top-5 of Kentucky, Seton Hall, Virginia, Florida State, and Fordham (all but UK have offered) before being corrected by the player. Dana Dingle included in his tweet that Delgado is looking to set up a visit to Seton Hall in September. Angel has already completed a move from Redemption Christian (N.Y.) to Huntington Prep (W. Va.) for his senior year of high school ball.
If Kentucky offers, there is no way that Seton Hall has a shot here. If they don't, a commitment from a top-75 forward would be a notable coup for Kevin Willard. Remember: Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua is the head coach of the Dominican Republic national team, which Delgado, a DR-native, has been involved with. Seton Hall fans are hoping this situation doesn't go all Karl Towns on them.
Perhaps the most likely recruiting target to land at Seton Hall is Quadri Moore. Sitting right in Seton Hall's backyard, the Linden high school star is down to Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Wake Forest, and Miami (Fla.). Jerry Carino is still maintaining that this is a two-horse race between Cincinnati and Seton Hall.
Even though the coaching staff have put themselves in good company between these three post targets, receiving just one post-forward commitment in 2014 won't likely be enough. The vast majority of forwards coming out of high school don't have the ability to step into the collegiate paint on day one and be successful. Aside from Angel Delgado, who I have not seen play, I'm not confident in Moore or O'Mara's ability to make an instant impact. Join this projection with just one post player on Seton Hall's 2014-15 roster who can play the five, Patrik Auda, and the need for a junior college center is glaring.
So far, the only major blip on the junior college recruiting radar has been Harcum College's (Pa.) Ivan Cruz Uceda. Seton Hall, Marquette, Miami, Iowa State, Arizona State, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, and Liberty have reportedly offered. Uceda averaged 16 ppg and 10.6 rpg for Harcum last season en route to setting a Harcum record for single-season rebounds per game average.