Richard Pitino and his staff snagged a verbal from 2015 New Heights/The Patrick School (N.J) product Dupree McBrayer last night after the guard/wing committed to Minnesota, reportedly directly over Seton Hall as well as Creighton, St. John's, and others.
The 6-foot-4 Queens native, who is set to play at a prep school to be determined this upcoming school year, played at The Patrick School alongside Seton Hall freshman Angel Delgado for most of last season after McBrayer transferred in from Quest Prep (Nv.) and Delgado left Huntington Prep (Wv.) mid-season. Prior to his stint in Las Vegas, McBrayer played his first three years of high school ball at PSAL school Springfield Gardens in Queens.
Ranked 218th (3-star), NR (3-star), and 150-200th (4-star) by 247Sports.com, Rivals, and Scout, respectively, Dupree McBrayer possesses attributes of a point guard, shooting guard, and a wing. Standing at 6-foot-4, McBrayer recently said in an interview with Russ Wood of Rivals that his doctor still expects him to keep growing. My brief scouting report on McBrayer, who has high-potential, especially physically, from July's Breakout Classic can be read here.
According to the same Rivals interview on August 19th, it looks like Dupree was set on scheduling his five official visits and prolonging the recruitment process: "Minnesota, Seton Hall, St. John's, and Creighton," said McBrayer of schools he planned on setting up officials to this fall. "Right now I'll take some unofficials and let it play out and then I'll see where I take my officials to. I've got to take it real easy because a lot of good schools are coming after me. So I want to take it as easy as I can so that I pick the right school."
Minnesota's lead recruiter, Kimani Young, made sure those visits wouldn't come to fruition. You can bet that former Seton Hall assistant Dan McHale also played a part in McBrayer's commitment. Rumors of Dupree favoring Minnesota surfaced earlier this month after he was only one of two non-Minnesota natives that were listed on the Twin Cities Classic roster, though he wound up not playing.
While I've also been told McBrayer didn't directly choose Minnesota over Seton Hall, the Jersey school certainly invested their time in recruiting him. After being offered by the coaching staff in April following his declaration of going to prep school, McBrayer took an unofficial to Seton Hall on June 16th and was watched by the staff throughout July's live recruiting periods as he ran with New Heights.
For Seton Hall, McBrayer is one of only two guards that were being significantly pursued prior to his commitment, Isaiah Briscoe being the other. Backcourt players are not an immediate priority for Seton Hall in the 2015 recruiting class due to just one upperclassman guard on their roster in Sterling Gibbs (junior).
In other recruiting news, 2015 power forward Nakye Sanders of Tottenville (N.Y.) has included Seton Hall on his list of nine schools along with Temple, VCU, Duquesne, La Salle, Old Dominion, St. John's, Drexel, and Towson.
2015 big man Nakye Sanders has cut his list to Temple, VCU, Duquesne, La Salle, ODU, St. John's, SHU, Drexel, + Towson, per @ChrisAlesi.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 20, 2014
I've been told that Seton Hall doesn't have a shot with Sanders as of now with a couple of Atlantic 10 schools currently being favored by the forward, who played with New Heights' u16s this summer -- Nakye is young for his class.
Roselle Catholic (N.J.) and Sports U forward Chris Silva told Jeremy Schneider of NJ.com that he will visit Seton Hall Wednesday and South Carolina September 12th. Silva, who is thought to be favoring Villanova and the Hall, has set September 19th - his birthday - as a decision date.