Jeremy Hazell Leaning To One Big East School

Reports filtered out last weekend that Seton Hall had pinned down its second verbal commitment out of the class of 2007 from a New York native. Reporter Brian Towey of Scout.com's High School New York/New Jersey website has the latest details ...

Reports filtered out last weekend that Seton Hall had pinned down its second verbal commitment out of the class of 2007. According to the reporters, a New York native, Jeremy Hazell, was rumored to have given a commitment to the Pirates.

Hazell, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard/small forward who last year attended the Patterson School in Lenoir, North Carolina, had purportedly given the program his word. As it turns out, the chatter might have been premature. Hazell is heavily leaning toward the Big East program, but nothing is set.

"I didn't really make (a commitment) yet," said Hazell. "That's not really true. Not yet. I'm thinking about going there, and that's my top option."

Hazell did not indicate as to why he is holding out, but said that he is not seriously considering any other programs at the moment.

"I'm not really thinking about any others," said Hazell. "That's my number one choice right there."

Hazell recently took an unofficial visit to St. John's. During July, he had fielded interest from programs like Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, UTEP, and Boston College.

A native of Harlem, Hazell has carved out a reputation for himself as a long-range threat. He originally attended Park West High School and Urban Peace Academy in Manhattan.

Two years ago, he touched down at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California, and spent a year there before moving on to Patterson last fall. Hazell signed a letter of intent with Oral Roberts last April, but did not qualify academically.

Hazell impressed with the California-based H-Squad crew in Las Vegas with his length, fluid shooting stroke and range, and his ability to rebound from the wing. H-Squad coach Rick Isaacs stressed that while Hazell's shooting ability is one of his more pronounced strengths, he can impact a game in other ways.

"There aren't many guys out there who can shoot the ball, but also get to the rim as well as he can," said Isaacs. "He does both of those things very well.

"I think he's at his best in the open court, getting to the rim. I would say second, shooting the ball. And third, as an offensive rebounder. He's a very good offensive rebounder for his size."

Jeremy has relocated to the West Coast full time. He currently lives in Gardena, Calfornia. Hazell has spent August in New York with his mother, and has been active on the summer circuit in the Big Apple, competing at the Nike Pro-Am Tournament at Hunter College with the Dyckman team.


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