This was probably very similar to Willard's reaction when hearing of Delgado's commitment to Seton Hall. - Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
2014 ESPN-100 forward picks the Pirates over four others.
It appears Kevin Willard has finally reeled in his "big fish."
According to a tweet from Evan Daniels of Fox Sports and Scout.com, Angel Delgado has committed to Seton Hall.
The forward, who is listed at 6-8, 215 and has completed a move from Redemption Christian (NY) to Huntington Prep in West Virginia for his senior year, is currently ranked as the 63rd player overall in the 2014 ESPN-100 recruiting rankings, and the 16th-best forward.
A native of the Dominican Republic, you may recall that his AAU coach Dana Dingle had tweeted that he had a top-5 of Seton Hall, Kentucky, Virginia, Florida State and Fordham. Delgado sent out a subsequent tweet that this was not the case- he had no top-5- but with all of those schools but UK having offered Delgado, it appears that he has chosen the Pirates.
Here's what ESPN's scouting service says about the newest Pirate:
His specialty is rebounding the ball and that's a niche that translates to any level. He'll rebound both out of his area as well as in traffic and puts up tremendous numbers as a result on a per/minute basis. He's got all the physical tools with good size, athleticism, and a strong body. He runs and finishes, plays within himself offensively, and is active and mobile on the defensive end.
It's not so much a weakness as it is a limitation of his potential role, but right now Delgado is a rebounder, finisher, and defender - in that order - and struggles when trying to be more than that, especially on the offensive end where he can throw in a jump hook every now and then but lacks the footwork or skill set to be more of a scoring option.
The fact that he came out of nowhere to become a high-major prospect virtually overnight is testament enough that when you're one of the best rebounders in the country, you're going to have your choice of college suitors.
This is a huge, huge, huge get for the Hall, one that can help to quiet a lot of doubters regarding Willard's recruiting skills. Delgado is a late-bloomer of sorts, a guy who shot up the rankings recently, and he certainly, 1000% fills a need for Seton Hall on the court as well. He is the first highly-ranked forward to pick Seton Hall out of high school in a long time. Once the new HS rankings come out this season, Delgado will likely mark the first Top-50 (RSCI) recruit the Pirates have reeled in since John Allen (24) in 2001. The earliest that Delgado can sign his National Letter of Intent with Seton Hall is during the early period which falls between November 13 - 20th.
Keep it locked to South Orange Juice for more analysis in the coming days.