The recruiting picture beyond 2015 power forward Chris Silva (Sports U/Roselle Catholic, N.J.), who set a decision date of September 19th last week, was a little murky the last time we spoke.
That picture just became a little clearer with the news that one of Seton Hall's top post targets beyond Chris Silva has included Seton Hall on his final list of six schools. 6-foot-10 Jonathan Nwankwo of House of Sports/Victory Rock Prep (Fla.) has shortened his list to Minnesota, Tennessee, Seton Hall, Rice, Temple, and Fordham. The former Monsignor Scanlan (N.Y.) center reportedly has a 3.47 GPA and did not require the transfer for academic purposes.
Minnesota, Tennessee, Seton Hall, Rice, Temple, and Fordham are final 6 schools for 2015 C Jonathan Nwankwo, according to his guardian.— Matthew Steinbrink (@MattSteinbrink) August 3, 2014
Fordham was the first of Nwankwo's final six to offer, while Minnesota followed last September, Seton Hall and Tennessee offered in March, Rice offered in May, and I can't find a reported offer from Fran Dunphy and Temple. Nwankwo planned on taking unofficials to Rice, Tennessee (6/26), and Temple, among others, prior to the July live period. Seton Hall extended their offer after Jonathan attended Xavier-Seton Hall at Prudential Center on March 5th. He also had a workout watched by the Pirates' coaching staff in April and visited campus for Midnight Madness last October.
Like Chris Silva (though perhaps with a bit more size), Jonathan Nwankwo is touted as a true center but unlike the Roselle Catholic forward, he is one that can also get out and run the court. House of Sports weren't participating in any July live period events I was at and with his senior season to be played in Florida, a personal scouting report is unlikely, though his projected position in college seems determined already.
Beyond Silva and Nwankwo, who should both be expected to visit Seton Hall over the course of August and September, the coaching staff has also been pursuing High Rise Team Up/St. Thomas More (Conn.) center Steve Enoch, who just transferred away from Norwalk High School after the July live period. Enoch's recruitment blew up over June and July by way of offers from Kansas State, UConn, Oregon, VCU, and others. However, Enoch's unofficial to Seton Hall in late June was cancelled and it appears that the coaching staff may have missed out here.
Versatile 2015 small forwards Nakye Sanders of New Heights/Tottenville (N.Y.) and Markis McDuffie (Sports U/St. Anthony, N.J.) are also being pursued, although Sanders is thought to be looking elsewhere and McDuffie looks to be favoring VCU.
Be sure to check out our preview of the third round of the Paradise Jam (LSU, Illinois State, Old Dominion, Weber State) tomorrow morning at 10 e.t. as the 2014-15 Basketball Preview Series rolls on.