Editor, Dave Klinger (Photo: Marquette Athletics)
College basketball season is quickly approaching. In an effort to preview it, we spoke with ten bloggers or writers, each covering a different Big East men’s basketball team. Today, we have a conversation with SHUHoops.com, a blog covering Seton Hall basketball. Get to know your enemy by reading their answers below. Lastly, we asked them to rank the Big East.
2015-16 Record: 25-8 overall, 12-6 conference
Postseason: 6-seed in NCAA Tournament, lost to Gonzaga in Round of 64
Why will Seton Hall win?
SHUH: Seton Hall started five sophomores from their heralded 2014 class for nearly every game last season and four of those guys return as seasoned juniors who have a Big East Tournament ring in their back pockets along with NCAA Tournament experience, although only 40 dreary minutes of it.
Khadeen Carrington, Angel Delgado, Ish Sanogo and Desi Rodriguez all return and make up a very talented core that has grown together for a few years now. Their skill sets are all unique and compliment each other well, though one major attribute is missing….
Why will Seton Hall lose?
SHUH: What Seton Hall is missing is leadership and a point guard, both of which come via the void left by Isaiah Whitehead, but also on and off the court glue-guy Derrick Gordon, who was the senior leader of a pack of youngsters last season.
In addition to major questions at point guard, the second biggest concern for Seton Hall is forward depth. Angel Delgado does a ton of good things at the five, but he and Ish Sanogo need someone to compliment them off the pine. Redshirt freshman Mike Nzei displayed flashes last season and you can bet head coach Kevin Willard will look to him, sophomore Myles Carter or redshirt junior Rashed Anthony to step up as the first forwards off the bench.
What is Seton Hall’s ceiling and floor?
SHUH: If Seton Hall finds a solution at point guard they can be another bubble-in team in the top half of the Big East this season.
If they don’t, I can easily seeing Kevin Willard’s half-court offense struggling and relying on transition play plus defense. In that scenario coupled with a stronger Big East this season, going to the NIT or missing the post-season altogether is very possible.
Who should I be afraid of…and why?
SHUH: This question is equivalent to asking who will step up in Isaiah Whitehead’s place. Naturally, Khadeen Carrington is poised to take the reins, but I’m going to choose Angel Delgado.
When Delgado’s hitting on all cylinders, he can play with most forwards in the nation. He expanded his offensive game and improved his vulnerability to fouls last season as a sophomore and now should look toward more consistency as a junior, which comes hand-in-hand with maturity. If he can do that, he’s adding to what already is a near automatic double-double every game.
Rank the Big East.
5. Seton Hall
9. St. John’s
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