NCB On The Trail: Seton Hall

Recruit and return: NCAA misses

March, 17, 2014

While the 68 teams that made the NCAA tournament prepare for the madness, fans of teams on the outside must turn the page to next year. Thanks to a core of returning players and strong incoming recruits, here are five programs that could be dancing at this time next year.

Georgetown Hoyas

Quick references:
Georgetown's 2013-14 roster
Georgetown's 2014 recruiting class

Possible 2014-15 starting five:

G: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera

G: Jabril Trawick

F: Paul White

F: Mikael Hopkins

C: Josh Smith


Who it loses: Four players will be gone for coach John Thompson III. Markel Starks and Nate Lubick have been starters since they were sophomores and were instrumental to last season's Big East championship team. Starks was first team All-Big East this season, scoring 17 points per game. Aaron Bowen played a big role as the sixth man and gave the team a spark off the bench. At times, he played starter's minutes. Moses Ayegba was a front-court presence off the bench and was a strong presence in the paint.

Who it adds: This four-man class is the nation's seventh best and it includes three ESPN 100 players. This class is loaded with versatility and scoring talent as the Hoyas will continue to cause matchup problems for opponents. Isaac Copeland's growth continues to impresses us, as he combines size and athletic ability with a very fluid set of skills. He won a championship at Brewster Academy in the New England Prep school league, which is some of the best competition in the country. Paul White is the consummate forward in the Georgetown system as he showed he could be a facilitator, bucket-getter or defender. L.J. Peak is a battle-tested and tough small forward who can score in different ways and someone who can play right away because he competes so hard. Tre Campbell was a first-team all-league performer as a point guard in the prestigious WCAC, an ultra-competitive Washington, D,C.-area high school conference. Georgetown predicates its system of having a high level of skill on the floor at all times and this class gives them that edge plus a whole lot more.

What it means for next season: Next season's team could be more gifted and athletic as the freshman class gives them a big boost. The one freshman who needs to be good early is Campbell, because of the departure of Starks. With Smith-Rivera returning as the team's leading scorer and best 3-point shooter, and Smith back controlling the inside, this team could be a contender for a Big East title. Georgetown has always played the game with many interchangeable parts and next season it will have plenty of pieces to choose from.

Trending: Up. The Hoyas return the strength of their roster and add a lot of talent. Under the guidance of JT3, that means more postseason appearances. - Paul Biancardi

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2013 PF Reynolds commits to Villanova

April, 23, 2013
Villanova added a late addition to its 2013 class on Tuesday when power forward Darryl Reynolds (Bala Cynwyd, Pa./Worcester Academy) committed to the Wildcats, he announced at a press conference.

Reynolds graduated from Lower Merion (Pa.) last spring before spending a prep year at Worcester (Mass.). He chose the Wildcats over South Carolina, Utah and Seton Hall.

Reynolds is the third 2013 recruit for Villanova, joining ESPN 100 prospects Kris Jenkins (Upper Marlboro, Md./Gonzaga College H.S.) and Josh Hart (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends).

Shane Rector headed to the SEC 

April, 21, 2013
Former Rutgers recruit Shane Rector (Bronx, N.Y./South Kent School) verbally committed to Missouri on Saturday, according to the Kansas City Star. Rector made his decision while on an official visit this weekend.

ESPN 60 Dwayne Morgan set to announce 

March, 5, 2013
ESPN RecruitingNation's 29th ranked junior is ready to announce his college decision, has confirmed.

Class of 2014 small forward Dwayne Morgan (Baltimore/St. Frances) will commit on April 5. He is currently considering Arizona, Maryland, Indiana, UNLV, Georgetown, South Florida and Seton Hall but is expected to narrow that list to three in the coming weeks.

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Cincinnati lands SF DeShaun Morman 

November, 16, 2012
Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin landed a commitment from SF DeShaun Morman (Washington, D.C./Faith Baptist) on Friday, has confirmed.

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Colbert to join Illinois' class 

November, 12, 2012
Three-star power forward Austin Colbert (Gladstone, N.J./Gill St. Bernard) committed to Illinois on Monday. He announced his decision on

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SF Kamall Richards picks Xavier 

November, 6, 2012
Three-star small forward Kamall Richards (Henryville, Pa./South Kent) will play in the Atlantic-10 after committing to Xavier on Tuesday. He announced his decision on

The 6-foot-6 Richards chose the Musketeers over Penn State, St. Joe's, Duquesne and Seton Hall.

"The coaching staff was really cool, the players, the guys are real cool," he said. "It's a nice campus, nice city, I liked everything about it really."

Richars is the first recruit for Xavier and head coach Chris Mack in the 2013 class.

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ESPN 100 Aquille Carr leaves for Florida 

November, 1, 2012
Senior point guard Aquille Carr has left his native Baltimore and will finish his high school career in Jacksonville, Fla. at Arlington Country Day School, according to The Baltimore Sun.

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BC gets first 2013 recuit in Owens 

October, 22, 2012
Boston College head coach Steve Donahue landed his first verbal commitment in the 2013 class on Sunday with a verbal pledge from small forward Garland Owens (Gaithersburg, Md./Massanutten Military), according to multiple sources.

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Hoyas land first 2013 recruit in Cameron 

September, 26, 2012
Georgetown head coach John Thompson III nabbed his first commitment from the 2013 class on Wednesday morning, has confirmed.

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New Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray signed his first recruit on Wednesday as point guard Jacoby Davis (Charlotte, N.C./St. John's NW Military Academy) inked his letter of intent with the Bulldogs.

Davis graduated from West Charlotte (N.C.) high school last spring and opted to spend a post-graduate year at St. John's where he averaged 21.0 points and 5.0 assists.

"I'm really excited about Jacoby joining the Bulldog family," Ray said. "He's exactly the type of quality person we are looking for in this basketball program. I think he'll be a great addition to our team because he's a winner, and he cares about the team. Jacoby will be a valuable asset to our team because he is a true point guard that can set up his teammates, but he's also a good shooter and will take pressure off of his teammates with his ability to knock down shots."

Davis claimed offers from South Carolina, Seton Hall, USC and Hofstra.

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Point guard Madison Jones (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft School) ended his recruitment on Saturday when he verbally pledged to Wake Forest. ESPN's Dave Telep confirmed the news.

Jones, ranked No. 34 on the point guard list on, chose the Demon Deacons over offers from Seton Hall, American University, East Carolina and Georgia Southern.'s National Recruiting Director describes Jones as a "steady, wiry, athletic lead guard. He has good speed to push the pace on the break but can also put the breaks on in the halfcourt.

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Multiple sources are reporting that ESPNU Super 60 point guard Aquille Carr (Baltimore/Patterson H.S.) has verbally committed to Seton Hall. Carr also wrote "Seton Hall" on his Twitter account.

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Shooting guard Darrick Wood (Washington, D.C./Bridgton Academy) has decided to re-open his recruitment and is no longer committed to St. John's. The news was first reported by on Thursday.

Wood was the only recruit for head coach Steve Lavin and his staff in 2012. In November, ESPNU 100 power forward Ricardo Gathers (LaPlace, La./Riverside Academy) also de-committed from the Red Storm.

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Multiple sources are reporting on Tuesday that small forward Daniel Dingle (Bronx, N.Y./St. Raymond's) has committed to sign with Temple.

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