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Wednesday, August 24, 2005


VERBAL COMMITMENT ALERT: Malcolm Grant, PG (Paul Robeson HS, NYC)

2006-2007 Projected Roster
Seniors: Grant Billmeier (C), Jamar Nutter (G), Mani Messy (F), Stan Gaines, (F)
Juniors: Brian Laing (G/F), Marcus Cousin (BF/C), Mike Pilgrim (F)
Sophomores: John Garcia (BF/C), David Palmer (BF), Paul Gause (G)
Freshmen: Malcolm Grant (PG)

Note: Seton Hall has a 2007 commitment from Quincy Owens (BF)

Previous Seton Hall recruiting reports: July 5 Report, Aug 15 and July 24 Round-Up.

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It has only been three days since my last Seton Hall recruiting update, but thanks to the commitment of PG Malcolm Grant (Grant Chooses SHU), I get to write about Louis Orr and the recruiting of the Seton Hall Pirates!

With Grant, it leaves 2 scholarships open for the Pirates this year. Grant is a nice pick-up for the Pirates because he is definitely a Big East calibre player and was under-recruited a tad by the conference. He was very solid at the ABCD camp and has been a strong player around NYC in AAU events and at the IS8 league. He had contemplated transerffing across the river to play for St Benedict's in New Jersey, and we actually reported it as a done deal, but his play over the summer turned enough heads on the recruiting trail that he decided he did not need the extra exposure that the high-profile prep school and likely reclassification to the class of 2007 would bring. Grant plays the game as a tough, offensive-minded lead guard that has some of the NYC attitude and flair that makes him fun to watch.

Now, with 2 scholarships left, the Hall can turn their attention to addressing their wing needs. With Billmeier and Garcia, along with Palmer, Gaines and Cousin also slated to be part of the 2006-2007 roster, the need for a big man is not as immediate as a player on the wing and some added perimeter shooting. With the Grant commitment, I am not completely sure if Carl Marshall or Earl Pettis would still be in the picture. Marshall would most likely enter the picture as a junior and would give the team a little more class balance at the point guard position, because it would be a major challenge for Grant as a freshmen to be the only true PG on the roster. Pettis is a versatile guard with excellent size than can play all three backcourt positions and adds ballhandling skills of a PG to the mix. Other options are to go for true wing guards like Vernon Teel, Ruben Gillandeaux or Brian McKenzie, all of the New York area. Each is known to be able to fill it up form the perimeter and, besides Paul Gause, that is an area of need on the Seton Hall roster.

An athletic wing player is also a position of priority on the Seton Hall recruiting trail. As mentioned earlier in the week, players like Kimmani Barrett, Edwin Ubiles and Damian Hollis have been getting a lot of attention from the Pirate staff. Barrett, in my opinion, would be an excellent addition to the class. If they can land a player like Lazer Hayward, that would be a great addition, but the competition for him looks to be very tough to beat.

All in all, the Malcolm Grant commitment is very good news for Louis Orr and the Pirates. In an area where Orr's job status has been publicly questioned and the situation re-hashed in the media, adding a quality commitment is a big step in showing that Orr is not going down quietly. They still have a pretty good shot at adding a couple more solid players to the mix before it is said and done and already are off to a good start in 2007!


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