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Can Mike Pilgrim be the future of the program?

Mike Pilgrim is the man with more question marks then the Riddler. The 6-8 240 LB. Sophomore Forward who comes to Seton Hall via Cincinnati hasn't seen his way onto a basketball court in over two years. Mike played Prep ball at Brewster Academy (N.H.) but found himself struggling with injuries there. There have also been numerous rumors that he will not be eligible for the spring semester. He originally committed to Cincinnati over Seton Hall out of High School. He was not eligible to compete during his freshman season at Cincinnati. Pilgrim then transferred to Seton Hall from Cincinnati in January of 2005 and thus will have to sit out the first semester before obtaining eligibility in December. Pilgrim is also the cousin of Coach Louis Orr.

I am one of the few Pirate fans who have gotten a chance to see Mike play in some sort of basketball setting. Pilgrim is flat out an amazing athlete known for his leaping ability that allows him to play above the rim. Think of some of the best leapers in college basketball in the last ten years and he is on par with them. Not to mention he is a legit 6'8 with long arms and is lefty. He also has a decent handle and might be our most true SF on the roster. He is a slasher who shows the ability to hit a jumper here and there too. He also gives us the ability to go inside and outside with our forward. He is an above average rebounder and shot blocker. He is more talented then say a Marcus Toney-El but does he know the game is the question. Reminds me of a poor man's Josh Smith from the Atlanta Hawks. You also have to ask what will the two-year lay off do to his game?

High School Stats: Attended Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., in 2002-03, where he averaged 13.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game... Named to the New England Prep School League All-Conference Team while leading Brewster to an 18-13 record and appearance in the semifinals of the league tournament... Earned First Team All-City and All-District honors at Purcell-Marian High School in Cincinnati in 2001-02, also being named to the All-State Second Team. Averaged 17.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game at Purcell-Marian that season. Attended Withrow High School in ninth and 10th grade, where he played for current Seton Hall assistant coach George Jackson.

Shakes' Take- The one player I am most excited to see get on the court for the pirates. In my opinion he has the highest upside and talent on the roster. Will he ever get on the court, will he be an enigma, or will he be a stud? Laing, Pilgrim, and Garcia could be a very nice frontcourt of the future.

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