Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Scout's take: Hall gets scorer in Carrington
By Adam Finkelstein
Khadeem Carrington (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) made a verbal commitment to Seton Hall on Thursday night, one week after taking an unofficial visit to the school.
Carrington becomes the second product of the New York Lightning to commit to the Pirates so far this year, joining ESPN 100 PF Angel Delgado (Dominican Republic/Huntington Prep).
Why he committed: Playing with Delgado and staying close to home to play in the Big East were certainly selling points, but ultimately this was about the fact that Seton Hall was recruiting him significantly harder than any other high-major program. Carrington was a big name a year ago but had seen his recruitment level off some this summer. Seton Hall stayed loyal and continued to show him attention as others fell off and earned the commitment as a result.
What he brings: Carrington is an aggressive, left-handed scoring guard with slashing tools that should translate to the next level. He owns both a quick first step and the economy of motion to get to the rim with limited steps and dribbles. He makes good use of the spin move around the rim and also has some wiry strength to play through contact. He's more of a volume shooter from the perimeter but is plenty capable of knocking down open looks in rhythm. While he aspires to play more point at the next level, his mentality is much better suited off the ball, perhaps even as an instant-offense type of weapon off the bench. Defensively, he's capable of picking up full court or being equally effective in the half-court, it's just a matter of him committing to that on a full-time basis.
How he fits: His versatility provides depth to Seton Hall's backcourt. Whether it's putting points on the board or causing some havoc defensively, he's the type of guy who is capable of making things happen on both ends of the floor, and those are valuable weapons for a coach to have at his disposal off the bench. While he's much more likely to play off the ball, he does provide a third ball-handler and insurance should either Sterling Gibbs or Jaren Sina battle any injuries.
How the class is shaping up: Carrington is the third player to commit to Seton Hall in the class of 2014, joining Delgado and Ismael Sanogo (Newark, N.J./East Side). Delgado is the one capable of making an immediate impact, while Carrington and Sanogo are likely to be brought along more slowly. Collectively, the group does two things in particular. First, it helps to strengthen Seton Hall's local recruiting lines in the tri-state area. Second, it provides three potentially solid defenders as Seton Hall looks to improve upon their showing from a season ago -- when they finished in the bottom half of the Big East in virtually every major defensive category.
Who he reminds us of: He's a little bit like Illinois freshman and former ESPN 100 SG Kendrick Nunn in that he's a lefty combo-guard who is more comfortable off the ball looking for his own offense. While Nunn is probably more skilled and Carrington more aggressive, they both are capable of scoring in multiple ranges once they get going.