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September 12, 2013

Seton Hall headed in a postitve direction

Early Wednesday evening, Seton Hall picked up a commitment from Rivals150 shooting guard Khadeen Carrington. Important because of his talent but also because it is indicative of a new direction for the Pirates on the recruiting trail after some recent struggles.

A three-star shooting guard from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Bishop Laughlin, Carrington currently ranks No. 125 in the 2014 Rivals150.

Carrington is a natural scorer. What that means is that he is comfortable scoring off of the dribble, in transition and that he has a short memory when his shot is off. By all accounts, he should develop into a very valuable weapon for the Pirates and sooner than later.

Here's the interesting part. As Kevin Willard and his crew head into the new Big East, they are doing so on a recruiting roll that the program hasn't seen for a while.

Previous to Carrington, the Pirates locked up four-star power forward Angel Delgado who currently ranks No. 44 nationally in 2014. They also have three-star small forward Ismael Sanogo locked up.

Now consider this, as long as both players make it to campus without any issues and without a drop in performance, it will make the first time since the class of 2006 that the Pirates have landed multiple Rivals150 prospects.

The Pirates also remain in the mix for four-star big man Quadri Moore and recently got a campus visit from five-star shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead.

This doesn't mean that somebody in the basketball offices needs to start clearing off space for recruiting trophies. But, clearly the Pirates are becoming more relative in the recruiting world and Willard's staff of assistants that includes Shaheen Holloway, Fred Hill and Oliver Antigua looks to be one that is built to keep that momentum going.

It is still on the Pirates to keep closing, but the early 2014 returns have to be a positive sign.

Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.

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