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Seton Hall Pirates

by Andrew Force | November 12th, 2007

2006-2007 Record: 13-16 (4-12) 13th
Postseason Games: NA

Starting Lineup: Key Stat:
C Mike Davis 6’8” Fr. 21 years old
F/C John Garcia 6’9” So. 18 games played in two years
G/F Brian Laing 6’5” Sr. 15 times – led the team in scoring
G Jamar Nutter 6’2” Sr. Only makes 1 out of every 3 shots
PG Eugene Harvey 6’0” So. 100% of votes–All-Rookie Team

Returning Statistical Leaders:
16.5 ppg – Brian Laing
16.5 ppgEugene Harvey
6.7 rpg – Brian Laing
4.2 apg – Eugene Harvey

 

Key Player Loss: None. Stan Gaines graduated. Gaines led the team in fouls and blocks. He will not be missed.

Impact Newcomer: Michael Glover.

Right now the forwards are soft and meek. Seton Hall was 12th in offensive rebounding and 15th in defensive rebounding last season. More embarrassingly, the Pirates finished dead last in rebounding margin (-4.5) in the Big East. No returning SHU player averaged four rebounds per game.

Michael Glover has been overpowering bigger players for years now. Bronx-tough, Glover played a national schedule at American Christian High School. Not one time did he give in or get embarrassed by the taller opponents.

Glover obviously adopted his bruising style of play from his older brother, former St. John’s player Anthony Glover. Anthony courageously warred in the paint as a 6’5”, 230-pound beast.

The growing Michael needs to transform the Seton Hall frontcourt into the scary type of Pirates.

Tough Question: Will the guards age well?

Harvey flourishes on the ball and shocks crowds nightly. Even so, the backcourt of Harvey-Nutter won zero conference road games.

Physical toughness and mental toughness are different. Harvey needs to employ the latter more often.

Too Much PT: Jamar Nutter.

Jamar Nutter had a worse year than the Nutter Butter in 2007. He shot more and made less. From the floor and from the arc, Nutter’s accuracy dipped over 5%.

If he does not reclaim the form of his sophomore campaign, the eager rookies will bump him out of the starting five.

Get Him on the Floor: Jeremy Hazell.

Nutter has skills but is a proven loser. Hazell is revered for his shooting touch and could receive some open jumpers from the darting Harvey. At prep powerhouse, The Patterson School, Hazell routinely buried over 50% from the Land O’ Plenty.

Point Guards’ Impact: Bobby Gonzalez teams play fast and free. The backcourt is well-versed in this technique. Eugene Harvey has the burners to keep the tempo imposing.

The one aspect Gonzo would like to see his point improve in is ball control. When a team plays fast, they expect turnovers. Harvey just needs to capitalize more often while limiting the stray passes

Every guard who faced Harvey last season acknowledged EH is a dynamic presence who consistently leaves his mark on the game.

Expectations: John Garcia still has a chance to live up to the lofty aspirations of Coach Bobby Gonzalez, but a severe injury in 2005 may have derailed his career. Prior to the injury Garcia was named to the prestigious ABCD All-Star Team and ranked 6th best center in his class.

Final Word: Virtually the entire roster is composed of New York/New Jersey products. With so much competition in the metro area, it is not enough to be good. You have to be flashy too. Catch someone’s eye to “make it out.”

When given the freedom to run, these players will flourish.

–Andrew Force

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