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Seton Hall Basketball: Offseason Link Roundup: Edwin's Ugly J, Stix Pleads Guilty, SHU Should Leave BIG EAST, Talking Gonzo

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Congrats to Jeremy Hazell on making the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List of the NCAA's Top 50 players:

The Wooden Award preseason watch list was announced Monday. Duke's Kyle Singler, BYU's Jimmer Fredette and Michigan State's Kalin Lucas are among some of the bigger names on the list. The annual award is given to the top player in college basketball. Last year, Ohio State's Evan Turner took home the award.

Adam Zagoria recently caught up with head coach Kevin Willard who touched on Herb Pope's health, the construction of the starting lineup and comically, the ugliness of Fuquan Edwin's jumpshot: 

As for Edwin, Willard said: "I love Fu. He's like Reggie Miller to me. He's got one of the ugliest shots that goes in. He's coming in with a great atttitude. He's worked hard. I see big things for Fuquan."

Former Pirate, Robert Mitchell, pleaded guilty last week to armed robbery and faces a rather light sentence, of only three years in prison: 

Mitchell admitted entering the private home in South Orange, N.J., on March 15 to purchase marijuana. Once inside, Mitchell said, he and a co-defendant decided to rob the eight people there.  Prosecutors said they'll recommend a three-year prison sentence under terms of a plea agreement. No sentencing date was set.

Somebody recently wrote an article for the Bleacher Report and asked the question whether Seton Hall and the BIG EAST conference would be better off if the Pirates left the conference:

New Jersey journalist and an "in the know" Seton Hall guy, Jerry Carino, has been hinting for a while at the Big East's displeasure with Seton Hall. He recently reported that the Big East was beginning to question the financial commitment of Seton Hall towards athletics. Seton Hall has been slashing athletic funding and currently doesn't even have an athletic director, a position that may remain unfilled for a year. Their on-field performance is terrible. They are not just a cellar-dweller in basketball, but in all sports (when they actually field a team).

When is the last time this author watched Seton Hall basketball? A .500 record in one of the strongest conferences in the nation equates to a "cellar-dweller"? This is comical.  Keep in mind anybody at anytime can submit and publish an article for the Bleacher Report.  

If that didn't have you laughing already, this will.  Bobby Gonzalez is still talking to the media about his upbeat attitude towards his future.  Always one to provide a great quote, Gonzo came through again:

"A lot of people were happy when we were let go. I said, 'That's probably because we won.' When you lose, you're a nice guy, but when you win ... "

Yes, you read that correctly.  People were happy when Gonzalez was let go, not because Seton Hall was injected a breath of fresh air in Kevin Willard, but instead, because the Pirates were winners and the opposition deemed him a bad guy.  As a footnote, Bobby Gonzalez never qualified for the NCAA Tournament during his tenure as the head coach of the Seton Hall Pirates