It looks as if Seton Hall's 2012 point guard search has come to a conclusion as they've landed another member of Rob Orellana's, Canarias Basketball Academy, 2012 PG Tom Maayan. In fact, it appears that they landed him long ago. In speaking with a source, Maayan enrolled at Seton Hall for this year's spring semester, is currently taking classes on campus and will officially be considered a freshman with four years of eligibility remaining, next season. Maayan recently tore his ACL and was spotted on crutches at the Louisville game last night, but expects to be back to playing basketball in mid-July.
Over the summer, Maayan played for the U18 Israeli National Team in the Euro Championships averaging 3 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in 19 minutes of play. Interest linking Seton Hall to the greatly unknown, Tom Kenji Maayan, began to surface in early December and at the time, I was told he was absolutely a player the staff was was targeting for 2012. Adam Zagoria also reported that Maayan was already qualified in December, which explains why he was able to enroll at Seton Hall this semester.
When reached for comment this morning, Maayan told South Orange Juice, "I enjoy the states and life on Seton Hall campus. I got good teammates, hope they will keep on playing good for the rest of the season and we will be successful this year."
Maayan joins the Pirates after considering offers and interest from Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and Virginia. The lefty has been described as a quick, pass first point guard and a very good defender. If he does indeed suit up for the Pirates after recovering from injury, he will become the 4th player on the roster from the CBA, joining fellow alumni Patrik Auda, Aaron Geramipoor and Haralds Karlis.
Mayaan's addition to the roster now creates a logjam at the point for Kevin Willard's staff. Freddie Wilson and Sean Grennan will account for two scholarships as sophomores; Maayan will make the third PG on the roster next season and with Aquille Carr committed in 2013, one would certainly believe a spot will likely open up somewhere on the roster, this offseason.
Welcome to Seton Hall, South Orange and the Pirate family, Tom!