This weekend marks the last NCAA 'evaluation period', a time in which coaches may scout recruits in games, until the three all-important AAU recruiting periods in July. Seton Hall's coaching staff will all be on the road starting tonight at the Hoop Group's UA Pittsburgh Jam Fest.
Assistant coach Fred Hill and Director of Basketball Operations Grant Billmeier will be in Pittsburgh to watch Baltimore's Finest, among other schools. The coaches will be watching a pair of 2016s from Bmore's Finest in 6-foot-7 wing Mamadou Nidaye (Oakland Hills, Md.) and 6-foot-8 power forward Njoku Ibe-Amanze (St. John's Neumann, Pa.). Nidaye has received interest from high-majors like Maryland, UNLV, Indiana, and Arizona while Ibe-Amanze has only been in the United States for seven months and is a mostly unknown commodity. Targets like Chris Silva (Sports U, Roselle Catholic) and Markis McDuffie (Sports U, St. Anthony) will also be in Pittsburgh.
Across the country, head coach Kevin Willard and associate head coach Shaheen Holloway will be in Sacramento, California for the first session of the Nike EYBL circuit. This is the more talent-filled event with a long list of targets in attendance: 2015 guard Trey Lowe (Team Final), 2016 Bryce Aiken (Team SCAN), 2016 Tyus Battle (Team SCAN), Kassoum Yakwe (Team SCAN), 2015 Arkel Ager (Expressions Elite), 2015 Desure Buie (NY Lightning), Veer Singh (NY Lightning), 2015 Jessie Govan (NY Lightning), 2015 Elijah Cain (NJ Playaz), 2015 Isaiah Briscoe (NJ Playaz), Elijah Burns (Albany City Rocks), and 2016 T.J. Gibbs (NJ Playaz), among others.
Potentially four of Seton Hall's commitments will be playing in the 2014 Capital Classic tomorrow in Virginia. Isaiah Whitehead is still recovering from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for the Jordan Brand Classic National game.