Saturday, August 17, 2013
Scout's take: Delgado key for Seton Hall
By Reggie Rankin
ESPN 100 power forward Angel Delgado (Troy, N.Y./Huntington Prep) committed to Seton Hall on Friday night over a combination of offers and interest from Florida State, Fordham, Kentucky, Virginia and others.
This is a major pickup for Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard because it not only lands him the nation’s No. 63 overall player in the Class of 2014 but also because Delgado is one of the best rebounding power forwards in the country regardless of class.
Why did Delgado pick Seton Hall and what will he bring to the Pirates? Let's break it down.
ESPN 100 PF Angel Delgado will bring immediate rebounding to Seton Hall.
Why he committed: The four-star prospect will have an opportunity to play and contribute immediately at the power forward position and fill a major frontcourt need for the Pirates.
What he brings: At 6-foot-8 and just north of 210 pounds, Delgado is a tremendous rebounder on both ends of the floor in and out of his area. He does a great job negotiating bodies as he uses his desire, nose for the ball and quickness to gain possession. Delgado also runs the floor well and is a strong above-the-rim finisher when he gets the basket in clear sight. He has better-than-advertised touch and feel around the lane as his offense continues to rapidly improve. Delgado is a good passer out of the low post as well. Defensively he will work to keep the ball out of the paint by denying, fronting and moving his offensive opponent away from deep low-post position. He is also a decent on-ball shot-blocker. Delgado, who runs with the New York Lightning travel team in the spring and summer, is a live body with an all-business approach to the game. His consistent motor, energy, effort and urgency are just a few of the things that make this blue-collar forward special. He has great upside as well.
How he fits: Delgado, who is a native of the Dominican Republic, will be an excellent fit for Seton Hall because he provides immediate frontcourt help and depth. He will give Willard an immediate rebounder on both ends of the floor, will finish when he receives drop-off passes in the half-court offense and will score with his jump hook over his left shoulder. Delgado will also be a dependable defender with his energy and effort in the Pirates’ man, zone and press defensive schemes.
Reminds us of: Delgado reminds me of a cross between Reggie Evans, Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap because of his ability to rebound, finish at the rim, and compete with energy, effort and toughness on both ends of the floor.
How Seton Hall’s 2014 class is shaping up: Delgado, who is currently ranked the No. 16 power forward nationally in the 2014 class, joins local three-star small forward Ismael Sanogo (Newark, N.J./East Side), who is an aggressive wing who can create his own shot and plays in attack mode. Delgado and Sanogo each play extremely hard and compete on both ends of the floor. Willard and his staff have successfully addressed needs at both forward positions, and this class is off to a very good start as we head toward the early signing period in November.