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Seton Hall Basketball: Tracking the Commitments - Part 3

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Only a month has passed since the last Tracking the Commitments, but so much more has been discovered about Kevin Willard's recruiting plan, Haralds Karlis' ability, some scary news for future Seton Hall guard Aaron Cosby, and more.

2011 Commitment List:

PG Freddie Wilson (11/16/10 - signed)

Aaron Cosby (6/28/10 - signed)

SG Haralds Karlis (11/3/10 - signed)

PG Sean Grennan (1/30/11- verbal)

C Isaiah Hill (2/4/11 - verbal)

PG Freddie Wilson, Hillhouse High School, CT - Connecticut Basketball Club: 

Hillhouse (CT) has been on fire since their first game of the season. The Connecticut school is 14-1 on the season and has won 14 straight games, good enough for a ranking of 5th in the state.

Wilson posted the following point totals since Part 2: 20 (Sheehan, 1/11), 14 (Robeson (NY) - Big Apple Basketball Invitational 1/17), 22 (Xavier 1/22), 21 (Wilbur Cross, 2/5). There were a few games in between, including a 99-23 blowout of Guilford (CT) and a 70-39 beat down of Hyde Leadership, where I could not find out how Freddie Wilson performed. 

Here is a nice article and short video clip of Hillhouse's 21 point win over Xavier (CT).

Members of Seton Hall's staff including head coach Kevin Willard were in attendance for the aforementioned Big Apple Basketball Invitational to watch Freddie Wilson and Seton Hall target Lekan Ajayi (Quality Education) play. Oddly enough, Wilson had one of his worst games of the season. Seton Hall fans that attended the game noted that Wilson can certainly shoot from outside, but struggled against Robeson (NY). Additionally, they noted his above average court vision and average ball handling ability. Hopefully, it was just an off day for the future Seton Hall guard.

Hillhouse has 5 more games on their schedule, including a rematch with the only team they lost to, Career Magnet, before they enter state playoffs.

Freddie Wilson is averaging 21 points and 7 assists per game.

SG Aaron Cosby, Northfield Mount Hermon, MA - Kentucky HoopStars:

Since Part 2, Aaron Cosby started putting up really big numbers against pretty much every opponent he faced. In a rematch against Connecticut powerhouse South Kent, Cosby scored 26 points (10 of 27) while adding 4 steals and 2 assists. NMH came up short again, losing 89-83. Cosby followed up that performance with a more modest 17 points (7 of 13) and 3 assists against Vanier (British Columbia) in a 76-67 win.

On January 15th, Cosby scored a whopping 30 points (10 of 26) against Worcester Academy (MA) in a 22 point win. The senior also contributed 4 assists and 4 rebounds. Perhaps Cosby was disappointed in his performance, because he upped his 30 point showing by scoring 36 (12 of 23) points, while accumulating 5 assists and 5 boards in a 90-75 win over Choate (CT) just a few days later.

NMH continued their winning ways against Winchendon (MA) on January 19th in convincing fashion (79-56). Cosby only scored 22 points (7 of 19) but contributed 6 assists and 8 boards.

Up until this point, things seemed to be going very well on the Cosby front. On January 28th, NMH lost to New Hampton School (NH) 67-65. The loss isn't the problem, nor was Cosby's performance (26 points, 5 boards). After a 23 point first half, Aaron Cosby broke his nose badly just a few minutes into the second half. Cosby flew back to Louisville to be fitted for a Stan Gaines type mask. Cosby had successful surgery following the injury. After missing four games, Aaron looks to return to the court tonight in NMH's game against St. Thomas Moore (CT).

Its clear that Aaron Cosby is a volume shooter, much like Jeremy Hazell is. While Cosby has tallied high point totals in most of his games this season, it took him nearly as many shots (see: point per shot average) to score those points. The Pirates are going to be looking for a scorer to rely on next season with the departure of Jeremy Hazell. Cosby could be that guy, even as a freshman.

Aaron Cosby is averaging 22 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds per game.

For more information on the remaining three recruits, please read beyond the jump.

SG Haralds Karlis, Canarias Basketball Academy:

The most unknown of the five Seton Hall commits has finally been seen in action, multiple times, by Seton Hall staff and fellow Seton Hall fans. Unfortunately, there are still some question marks about what Haralds Karlis will bring to the table next season.

CBA played their 9th and final game on February 6th and flew back to the Canarias Islands yesterday, officially concluding their US Tour. While CBA played 9 games, some were back to back, meaning the academy's players were split into an "A" and a "B" team. Karlis was on the A team and played in six of the nine games. Here is how he did:

January 30th vs NIA Prep - 22 points, 7-11 3PT, 5 rebounds, 4 assists. Even though the game was closed to the public, quite a few college coaches were in attendance. The word is that Karlis hit quite a few big shots down the stretch, but NIA Prep won in a close game.

January 31st vs Robinson School - 6 points, 2-7 3PT. Robinson School won by 11 points in a game that was close much of the way. Robinson's players are very athletic, which proved to be a matchup problem for the slower CBA players. Most of Karlis' shot attempts were well guarded, but he showed great form and all his shots looked good. Karlis showed above average athletic ability, above average ball handling ability, high basketball IQ, good court vision and great shooting form. His defense, like the rest of his teammates, was lacking. They failed to keep their opponents in front of them.

February 1st vs CJETO - 7 points, 2-9 3PT in 24 minutes. 

February 3rd vs Lee Academy - 15 points, 3-8 3PT in 29 minutes. 

February 4th vs St. Thomas Moore (CT) - 3 points, 1-7 3PT in 25 minutes.

February 5th vs Notre Dame Prep (MA) - 4 points, 0-3 3PT in 25 minutes.

At first glance, Karlis' stats throughout CBA's US Tour are not impressive, this is indisputable. However, the stats need to be taken with a grain of salt: Karlis played 6 games in 7 days. Think Big East tournament and how tired some of those players are after a few games.

According to multiple sources, Karlis is closer to 6'4 than his listed height of 6'6. He is also estimated to weigh around 180 pounds.

Another thing that needs to be considered when evaluating Karlis is that CBA runs a highly structured team. According to sources that watched CBA in action, the offense was not run through Karlis. He mainly floated around the perimeter - few screens were run for Karlis, he was simply not a focal point of the offense. It has also been noted that CBA's point guard, Charlie Kloof, struggled in some of CBA's games. CBA turned the ball over a lot, 28 times in their disappointing loss to St. Thomas Moore (CT). As we have seen with Jordan Theodore and Keon Lawrence, point guard play is very important to team success.

Overall, Karlis shot around 15-45 from beyond the arc (not including his last two games), or 33%. By all accounts, Karlis is a better all around player than Jamel Jackson at this point, but his 3PT shooting numbers aren't exactly what I expected them to be. He is expected to play some minutes at the 2 or 3 next season, probably behind Cosby at the 2 and Fuquan Edwin at the 3.

Here are some pictures of CBA's Tour.

PG Sean Grennan, Monsignor Donovan, NJ - NJ ShoreShots Select:

I present to you Kevin Willard's first recruit from New Jersey: Sean Grennan. Of course current Pirate Fuquan Edwin is a Jersey native, but he wasn't an original Willard recruit.

Sean Grennan is noted as being an intelligent player (see the theme?), among other attributes such as above average court vision and a deadly outside stroke when coming off of screens. It looks like Sean will compete with Freddie Wilson for the backup point guard spot behind Jordan Theodore.

Grennan plays for Monsignor Donovan, located in Toms River, New Jersey. MonDon (I made that up) sports an above average record of 12-5 on the year. Grennan is averaging 21 points and 7 assists per  game, according to assistant coach Dan McHale. The senior point guard is also shooting at a 48% clip from beyond the arc - like I said, deadly.

Grennan has played against the likes of Point Pleasant Beach (NJ), who is lead by former Seton Hall target, Jarelle Reischel. Grennan dropped 23 points and 4 assists on the fellow "shore" school in a 61-51 win at the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase in Atlantic City, NJ. Sean Grennan was named Co-MVP for Monsignor Donovan.

For more of Grennan's stats check out this link. For the rest of Monsignor Donovan's schedule and previous results, click here.


C Isaiah Hill, God's Academy, TX - Eric Gordan All Stars:

The latest addition to Seton Hall's 2011 class might just be the biggest, in multiple ways. The 6'11, 270 pound center from God's Academy (TX) made his verbal commitment to Seton Hall public last Friday. 

Isaiah received a 91 rating from ESPN, good for the 19th best center in the 2011 class. His stats vary slightly, but they are hovering around a triple double (PTS/REB/BLKS).

Information is sparse on Hill's stats for individual games, I'll try and gather any individual game stats that I can and post them in the next edition of Tracking the Commitments.

Isaiah Hill is averaging approximately 11 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks per game.