With just two days remaining in the last signing period for the Class of 2014, Seton Hall has picked up a sixth commitment to add to their top-15 nationally ranked recruiting class in Michael Nzei.
A 6-foot-8 stretch power forward from Our Savior New American (N.Y.), Nzei is the fourth (or fifth if you include Angel Delgado) member of Seton Hall's 2014 class to hail from New York City. Nzei joins Ismael Sanogo (Newark East Side, N.J.), Angel Delgado (The Patrick School, N.J.), Khadeen Carrington (Bishop Loughlin, N.Y.), Isaiah Whitehead (Abraham Lincoln, N.Y.), and Desi Rodriguez (Abraham Lincoln, N.Y.) as part of the Pirates' incoming class.
UPDATED: Quotes from Kevin Willard on Nzei signing his NLI with Seton Hall today: “Mike is a versatile forward who brings a high level of energy to the court and can be an asset on both ends of the floor. We are thrilled to have him join our family here at Seton Hall. Mike certainly complements this recruiting class well and adds another option to our front court.”
Now one scholarship over the limit of 13 if Nzei signs a National Letter of Intent, it appears a foregone conclusion that Seton Hall is anticipating one of their pre-existing commitments to be a non-qualifier (thought to be Desi Rodriguez) or redshirt junior power forward Patrik Auda to move on to professional ball overseas. Auda just recently graduated from Seton Hall with honors this week and is thought to be strongly considering an immediate future that does not include South Orange. This is reinforced by Jerry Carino's just-published story on the topic, which describes the situation as one dependent on a non-qualifier and/or available contract for Auda, who is set to play for the Czech Republic National Team later this summer.
Michael Nzei recently impressed for New Heights at the 2014 Pittsburgh Jam Fest where assistant coach Fred Hill and Director of Basketball Operations Grant Billmeier were present. Nzei also made an appearance at the Jordan Brand Classic Regional game where he scored six and added six rebounds while playing alongside Angel Delgado.
Prior to his pledge to Seton Hall, Nzei received offers from Dayton, South Florida, Virginia Tech, and Manhattan; Nzei had also visited Iowa and Seton Hall prior to making his decision. Nzei's commitment comes three days after 6-foot-10 power forward Tariq Owens trimmed Seton Hall from his final list following a visit to South Orange.