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Chris Silva remains top priority for Seton Hall after Nwankwo pledges to Minnesota

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Due to Villanova dropping out of the race pending a late visit, it's tough to argue that Chris Silva is anything other than Seton Hall's to lose at this point.

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Of his six remaining schools, one of which was Seton Hall, 2015 big man Jonathan Nwankwo planned official visits to Minnesota (9/4), Rice (10/3), and Tennessee (10/24) as of a week ago. The former Monsignor Scanlan (N.Y.) center who will play his senior year at Victory Rock Prep (Fla.) only needed the first visit to make up his mind before committing to the Gophers late last night.

Nwankwo's commitment to Minnesota was the second from a 2015 New York-area prospect in as many weeks, joining former Patrick School guard Dupree McBrayer.

I never got the feeling that Nwankwo was a serious target for Seton Hall, though he did visit their campus for Midnight Madness last fall, attend a home game against Xavier and was offered in March, and had workouts watched by the staff last September and this April. Seton Hall's top post forward priority has been to land Roselle Catholic power forward Chris Silva.

Now, however, Silva is the lone 2015 post forward currently being linked to Seton Hall. Jon Nwankwo joins a list of frontcourt prospects before him that have committed elsewhere, in order of priority: Jesse Govan (Georgetown), Elijah Burns (Notre Dame), and Luis Santos (South Florida).

After visiting Seton Hall in late August on an official and Silva's most recent trip to Rhode Island earlier this week, the power forward is scheduled to travel to South Carolina on September 12th, a week before his predetermined decision date of September 19th, his birthday. Failing to set up visits to Kansas State and Villanova, his suspected favorite, it would appear that Silva has three schools in mind that he is favoring. Due to Villanova dropping out of the race pending a late visit, it's tough to argue that Chris is anything other than Seton Hall's to lose at this point.

With three open scholarships to work with in 2015, it's clear that the staff has made shooting guard Dalton Soffer (Gamepoint/Poway, Calif.) a priority in the backcourt after hosting him for an unofficial visit last Wednesday and setting up an in-home visit with him for later this month, as we exclusively reported yesterday.

Seton Hall's third and final scholarship is being kept available for perhaps the top point guard in the 2015 class, Isaiah Briscoe, who is teammates with Chris Silva at Roselle Catholic. The latest quotes from George Briscoe regarding Isaiah Whitehead's future in South Orange tend to indicate that Whitehead's NBA Draft status won't play a factor. How true that actually is remains in flux.

What's interesting about Briscoe's recruitment is that Seton Hall, Villanova, Arizona, and now even Rutgers with a verbal from top-75 point guard Corey Sanders this week, don't really need Briscoe's services -- though I'm sure all four schools would accept a commitment in a heartbeat. St. John's is the lone school left on the top-point guard's list that could benefit the most from a commitment, or perhaps a school not on Isaiah's current list will swoop in between now and the spring to pitch a floor general's role for the commanding guard prospect.