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The Lindy’s Faculty Basketball preview journal is out and the Big East picks are in.
Underneath first-year coach Shaheen Holloway, Seton Hall was picked sixth within the 11-team Big East Convention.
Creighton, which ranks No. 4 nationally within the Lindy’s High 10 behind North Carolina, Houston and Gonzaga, was picked to win the convention.
Right here’s the complete Lindy’s Big East ballot:
6. Seton Hall
7. St. John’s
Holloway mentioned in a telephone interview this week his workforce has been restricted in its means to apply 5-on-5 as a consequence of accidents to a number of gamers, together with Alexis Yetna, switch Abdou Ndiaye and freshman JaQuan Harris. He mentioned not one of the accidents are main, however have nonetheless saved the gamers sidelined.
If the 6-foot-8 Yetna and the 6-9 Ndiaye are wholesome, Seton Hall can have an imposing and numerous frontcourt that additionally options 6-7 Saint Peter’s switch KC Ndefo, 6-10 senior Tray Jackson and 6-10 senior Tyrese Samuel.
“We’re not really tall but I got some good size where I can play them in different spots,” Holloway mentioned of his frontcourt gamers.
“I’ve been letting those guys know, ‘Listen, you guys are my guys, I’m going to rock with you guys,’” Holloway added. “‘I believe in you guys.”
HURLEY EXPECTS ‘STREET FIGHTS’ WITH SETON HALL
Dan Hurley’s UConn workforce performed Saint Peter’s as soon as when Holloway coached the Jersey Metropolis faculty — and that was sufficient.
The Huskies beat the Peacocks, 66-56, on Dec. 18, 2019, however Holloway’s membership outscored Hurley’s workforce, 34-26, within the second half.
And that was two seasons earlier than Holloway led the Peacocks on a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Event that included wins over No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Purdue and No. 7 Murray State — earlier than they fell to No. 8 North Carolina, the nationwide runner-up.
“There’s a reason why we played Shaheen once at Saint Peter’s and never invited them back, you know,” Hurley, the Jersey Metropolis native and former Seton Hall guard, mentioned this week whereas at a coaches clinic at White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac Excessive College.
“Shaheen coaches it the way he played it, the way we all played it in North Jersey and New York. I think our games with them are going to be an absolute friggin’ street fight and they’re going to bring that to every game. I think his identity fits the school and the area really well.”
Holloway, who was named the perfect teaching rent of 2022 by CBSSports.com, is considered one of 4 new coaches within the Big East this season together with Villanova’s Kyle Neptune, Xavier’s Sean Miller and Butler’s Thad Matta.
“I think it’s exciting, it’s always fun and exciting getting ready for some really accomplished coaches, especially with Sean and Thad coming into the league,” Hurley mentioned. “It’s an honor to coach in such a historic league and a great basketball league.”
HOLLOWAY TARGETING TOP 2024 RECRUITS
Throughout this dwell recruiting interval, Holloway and his employees have been out visiting with among the prime Class of 2024 prospects within the space.
On Wednesday, Holloway was at Stepinac for Boogie Fland, the No. 12 participant nationally in response to 247Sports.com.
“He’s interested, they want me at their program,” Fland mentioned.
Requested Holloway’s message to him, he mentioned, “Just mostly keep working.”
There’s a lengthy line of coaches coming after Fland, a Bronx native who received a gold medal this summer season with the USA U17 workforce in Spain.
North Carolina’s Hubert Davis, Oregon’s Dana Altman, UConn’s Hurley and Villanova’s Neptune had been all in final week for Fland, who has set an official go to to North Carolina for Sept. 30.
“It’s exciting seeing them on the sidelines, it just means I gotta play up to expectations,” Fland mentioned. “It’s just excitement , I enjoy it.”
Seton Hall was additionally at Cardinal Hayes on Tuesday for Ian Jackson, the No. 1 capturing guard within the Class of 2024, and Elijah Moore, the No. 13 capturing guard.
The Pirates are additionally concerned for Class of 2024 Hudson Catholic guard Tahaad Pettiford, who this weekend took an official to Auburn and is organising visits to UCLA and Kentucky.
Pettiford received’t take an official to Seton Hall, however can all the time go to unofficially.
“Shaheen is great,” mentioned Travis Pettiford, Tahaad’s father.
Within the Class of 2023, Seton Hall will host 7-footer Youssouf Singare of Our Saviour Lutheran on Thursday and Friday. Singare not too long ago visited UConn and also will go to Windfall.
The Pirates may even host 6-10 Baye Fall and 6-10 Assane Diop of Lutheran Excessive College (Parker, CO) on Sept. 28. Fall additionally has Rutgers in his ultimate seven and visited earlier this month. The duo visited Seton Hall unofficially in Might.
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Adam Zagoria is a contract reporter who covers Seton Hall and NJ school basketball for NJ Advance Media. It’s possible you’ll observe him on Twitter @AdamZagoria and take a look at his Web site at ZAGSBLOG.com.
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