#55 Seton Hall Men's Basketball 2018-2019 Preview

Seton Hall Pirates
2018-2019 Overall Rank: #55
Conference Rank: #5 Big East
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Seton Hall has reached the NCAA Tournament three times in a row and finally won a game in 2018. However, that was probably their best chance to make a tournament run for the foreseeable future. This year the Pirates lose three double digit scorers and moving on without Desi Rodriguez, Khadeen Carrington and Angel Delgado will not be an easy task. Coach Kevin Willard has brought in some new, experienced players to help fill the void. Division I transfers Quincy McKnight and Taurean Thompson and junior college transfer Romaro Gill will add some much needed experience to the roster.
2017-18 Record: 22-12, 10-8
2017-18 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Kevin Willard
Coach Record: 150-113 at Seton Hall, 195-162 overall
Key Departed Players:
Desi Rodriguez, 17.5 ppg
Khadeen Carrington, 15.6 ppg
Angel Delgado, 13.6 ppg
Ismael Sanogo, 5.5 ppg
Eron Gordon, 1.5 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Myles Powell, Junior, Guard, 15.5 ppg
Michael Nzei, Senior, Forward, 3.9 ppg
Myles Cale, Sophomore, Guard/Forward, 4.3 ppg
Sandro Mamukelashvili, Sophomore, Forward, 2.6 ppg
Shavar Reynolds, Sophomore, Guard
Key New Players:
Darnell Brodie, Freshman, Forward
Romaro Gill, Junior, Center, JC Transfer
Quincy McKnight, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Sacred Heart
Anthony Nelson, Freshman, Guard
Jared Rhoden, Freshman, Guard/Forward
Taurean Thompson, Sophomore, Forward, Transfer from Syracuse
Ike Obiagu, Sophomore, Center, Transfer from Florida State, not eligible
Myles Powell is the only proven scorer returning for the 2018-2019 campaign. Powell, a 6-2 junior, averaged 15.5 points per game and connected on a team high 94 three-pointers. In Powell, Seton Hall has a dynamic scoring threat who can put up points in a hurry. He will do a lot for this team, but will need some help. Some of that will come from the newcomers, but returning players Michael Nzei, Sandro Mamukelashvili and Myles Cale will need to be ready to boost their output too. Nzei will be the new top rebounder and Mamukelashvili can add some help on the glass, but both of them can do some scoring in the paint too. Cale showed some potential as a freshman and the 6-6 wing can be a dynamic scoring threat if his outside shot becomes more consistent. Seton Hall may not get back to the NCAA Tournament, but this is a team that can compete in the Big East and should have enough talent to pull off an upset or two along the way. Remaining consistent with so many new players could be a concern though and too many bad losses will keep the Pirates closer to the NIT than the NCAA.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 79.4 (51st in nation, 5th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 73.9 (218, 6)
Field-Goal Percentage: 46.8 (61, 6)
Field-Goal Defense: 43.9 (181, 5)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.4 (199, 7)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 36.5 (96, 6)
Free-Throw Percentage: 69.8 (241, 10)
Rebound Margin: 4.5 (48, 3)
Assists Per Game: 15.5 (55, 6)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.7 (157, 8)

Madness 2018 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#140 Jared Rhoden