As originally reported by Eric Bossi of Rivals.com, Isaiah Hill, a 6'11 270 pound center from God's Academy (TX), has verballed committed to Seton Hall.
For everyone wondering when Kevin Willard and his staff were finally going to pick up a big man, here you go. Not only is Hill a forward, hes a "natural 5" and close to seven feet tall. People are quick to throw out the Melvyn Oliver comparisons, which is fine, but Hill has already started turning himself into a better player, according to this article by Damon Sayles of TexasHoops.com.
According to Hill's Maxpreps.com page, the senior big man is nearly averaging a triple double. What's interesting is that his head coach at God's Academy, Tim Miller, claims that Hill is indeed averaging that triple double. Either way, his stats are impressive. They indicate that he won't be a natural scorer at first, but he will bring size, defense and rebounding. All of these attributes can compliment Herb Pope very well if he were to stay and shift to the PF position.
As of last September, Hill had received interest from Cincinnati, Dayton, Bradley, Providence, Pittsburgh, Purdue and IUPUI.
In Adam Zagoria's writeup on the commitment, Hill said the following about Seton Hall:
"I committed last week," Hill said Friday by phone. "They was the only school that was interested in me. It seemed like they cared about me."
Interestingly enough, Sean Grennan said similar things about the staff and their sincerity towards him. Beginning to see a pattern?
Isaiah Hill will be joining a front court that will also feature current freshmen Aaron Geramipoor and Patrik Auda. As of now, it looks unlikely that forward Jeff Robinson will return to the team for another season. However, it looks a lot more likely that Herb Pope will return.
Seton Hall still has 2 more scholarships to give, assuming Herb Pope is to return - 3 if he doesn't. Expect Kevin Willard and his staff to scoop up two more forwards, one possibly being a JUCO, before the spring signing deadline.
I will be writing an extensive Part 3 of Tracking the Commitments sometime this week to update on the two latest commits, CBA's (Harald Karlis) US Tour, and track the progress of Freddie Wilson and Aaron Cosby.