For a team that hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since 2006, it seems like a lot to overcome. However the Pirates got some solid news when three-star combo guard Jaren Sina selected Seton Hall late in the spring after getting out of his letter of intent with the Northwestern, but now a potential signature recruit is coming their way.
All spring and summer long Angel Delgado was making plays for the New York Lightning. Delgado put up 13.2 points and 11.6 rebounds in EYBL play, showing that he is one of the truly elite rebounds in the country.
On top of that, Delgado showed his mettle at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, and followed it up with an impressive Peach Jam in July.
All of those factors along with his 6-foot-8 and 215 pound frame have put Delgado firmly in the four-star mix, and he has a chance to potentially crack the top 50 when rankings are updated shortly.
More than anything what is important to Seton Hall is this has to give them some credibility. The last time a highly touted local product picked the program it was Jordan Theodore, and helped the Pirates to numerous wins. Now they have Delgado, a kid who resides in New York City, who players respect, and who people know will be an impact player.
There aren't many quality bigs around, and Delgado is one of them. He is an elite rebounder, and someone who continues to get more skilled. Also because of his motor and no nonsense attitude he is a prospect who guards respect because he clearly is about winning and doing the dirty work for the betterment of the team.
While the Big East is not the same as it was before, it is still a very good league, and the Pirates are going to be picked at or near the bottom this season, with that Head Coach Kevin Willard needs an influx of talent, and Delgado is someone who can definitely help in that regard.
It is a long way back for Seton Hall. Their three best players on the roster right now are seniors, and that is going to leave them young and inexperienced going forward. However Willard has to keep building block by block. Sina was a solid piece, Delgado is a huge addition, transfer Sterling Gibbs should also help, and now if he can get another player or two to head to the Hall, the Pirates could again be in contention.
Can Delgado help the Pirates bring in a talented recruiting class to help them compete with Marquette, Villanova, Georgetown, and the rest of the league, who knows, but it is definitely a big piece to the puzzle and some news that Willard and Seton Hall needed in a big way.