Most of Seton Hall's top-15 recruiting class has already began developing chemistry as teammates, even if they aren't on Seton Hall's South Orange, N.J. campus yet.
With Ismael Sanogo recently finishing up his high school career at Newark East Side in the Tournament of Champions final, Angel Delgado, Isaiah Whitehead, Desi Rodriguez, and Khadeen Carrington have band together on the Gauchos in the 68th annual CYP tournament. They are joined by friend and top-20 junior guard prospect Isaiah Briscoe (Roselle Catholic, N.J.) who is being hounded by Rutgers, St. John's, and Seton Hall locally.
Whitehead was named CYP MVP last year and would become just the third player in the 68-year-old tournament's history to be named a two-time MVP. The McDonald's All-American has already taken strides to that end, scoring 29 points in the quarterfinals and 23 points last night in the semis. Whitehead may be ousted by Briscoe as most valuable player if he fills up the statsheet again tonight, the guard scored 30 last night against Frenji, one-upping his backcourt teammate. Rodriguez (8 pts), Carrington (7 pts), and Delgado (17 pts) chipped in along side Briscoe and Whitehead.
Despite Khadeen Carrington missing a game, Whitehead showing up late to the Gaucho's semifinal game, and Desi Rodriguez putting his socks and shoes on while on the court, the CYP atmosphere is probably a cross between AAU and summer league ball. The final will be played tonight at 7:30 against The City, who are led by Mike Williams (Rutgers), Paul Jorgensen (George Washington) and Bashir Ahmed (Iona). The game will be played at Our Lady of Mercy in Port Chester.
All four Gauchos and Ismael Sangoo will play in the Jordan Brand Classic on April 18th. Isaiah Whitehead will play in the national game while the others will participate in the regional game. South Orange Juice is working toward covering these two games.