Today I am going to take a look at Seton Hall's guards (PG and SG) targets and also put them on a tier of importance. It looks like Coach Willard and his staff are putting a ton of effort into getting a high quality PG to come for the Class of 2012 but not quite as much interest in the SG class for 2012. Now, lets take a look first at the Point Guards.
Target #1: Kyle Anderson, PG, St. Anthony's (6'8" 215 Lbs): Rivals: #4 ESPN: 97, #10
Kyle Anderson is hands down Seton Hall's highest rated and most important target. Kyle posses the height of a SF but the ball handling and passing ability of a PG. He is the highest rated PG on Rivals and ESPN has him rated as a SF. He is capable of playing both on the ball and off the ball on the wing or point forward. In the games I have seen him play, he seems to excel at grabbing a rebound and immediately starting the fast break. He has thrown some beautiful full court passes to his teammates at St. Anthony's. His shooting range is about 17 to 19 feet, so if he is going to be a wing that could be improved. His top five are Seton Hall, St. Johns, UCLA, Florida, and Georgetown. His father has said SHU is recruiting him the hardest.
Target #2: Kareem Canty, PG, Bridgton Academy (6'1" 188 Lbs): Rivals: #93 ESPN: 92, #90
If Anderson is the highest target for 2012, Canty is a close second. The Seton Hall staff has put a ton of effort into Canty and their are tons of reasons to like Canty. He has a great understanding of the game and he knows when to be a playmaker and when to be a scorer. He can finish in the lane through contact as he has a very big frame. He is very explosive but he needs to improve his shot selection and also being more vocal. He has said his two favorites are Xavier and Seton Hall.
Target #3: Jaylen Beckham, PG, Bryan Station (6'0" 165 Lbs): Rivals: #123 ESPN: 29th PG
Beckham is clearly below Canty and Anderson in terms of skill and importance to the SHU staff. Beckham has some baggage attached to him but he is also very talented. He has great speed and quickness kind of like Jordan Theodore. He has great vision and makes a lot of plays for his teammates. His biggest weakness is his shooting range, which is only about 18 feet. He is considering DePaul, Washington, Alabama, Seton Hall, and Texas A&M with no current favorite.
There are some other minor targets but none seem likely to land at Seton Hall.
Target #1 was Omar Calhoun, the highly rated SG from Christ the King. However, about 10 days ago he verbally committed to Connecticut. There is still a chance if we land Kyle Anderson that he backs out of that verbal and comes to SHU, since the two were rumored as a package deal. After Calhoun, there are some other good but not great targets at the SG position.
Target #2: Carlos Morris, SG, Arlington Country Day School: (6'6" 175 Lbs): ESPN: 91, 22SG (3-star) Rivals: 145 (3-star)
Morris is a very big, very athletic guard. He excels in the paint but also has some pretty good range. He looks like he could become a very good defensive guard as well. He needs to improve at playing off the ball and also his rebounding is sub par for his size. He is considering Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Georgia, Miami (FL), Providence, South Carolina and South Florida along with some other mid-majors.
Target #3: Darrick Wood, SG, NIA Prep: (6'3" 165 Lbs): ESPN: 91, 23SG (3-star) Rivals: 101 (4-star)
Wood has one of the best offensive arsenals of any SG in this class. He can get into the lane and finish. He can hit the 3pt shot. He can finish in the mid-range area. He can get to the FT line. However, his defense is sub par and he also needs to bulk up a little bit. Wood has offers from Seton Hall, Rutgers, and Georgetown and a bunch of other schools are considering him. My gut tells me he lands at SHU or Rutgers.
There are some other minor targets like Nkereuwem Okoro and Chris Bolden but they would be last resort options if we could not get anybody else.
Tiers of Importance (Tier 1: Great Get Tier 2: Good Get Tier 3: Solid Get Tier 4: Average Get)
Tier 1: Kyle Anderson, Omar Calhoun, Kareem Canty
Tier 2: Carlos Morris, Darrick Wood
Tier 3: Jaylen Beckham
Tier 4: Nkereuwem Okoro, Chris Bolden
The forwards and centers will be posted next Tuesday or Wednesday.