At the time that this blog article is being published, the pirates are pausing basketball play due to COVID-19 concerns. First and foremost, we hope that the student athletes are safe, healthy, as well as coaches and staff.
Sandro Mamukelashvili headlines a returning class for Seton Hall that is way too far overlooked. If you look back to last season, you’ll remember the game that turned the pirates season around was against then 7th ranked Maryland without Myles Powell and without Sandro, compassionately referred to as “Mamu.”
Jared Rhoden and Myles Cale stepped up, among a core nucleus of other talented players. Shavar Reynolds is one of the most fun on-ball defending point guards to watch in college basketball. They add veteran point guard transfer Bryce Aiken from Harvard and retain 7+ footer Ike Obiagu. Sophomore Tyrese Samuel from Montreal also showed flashes last year as a somewhat raw but super athletic freshman. Watch for this nucleus to return with something to prove and a major chip on their shoulder given the low expectations.
I mean, look at the first preseason top 25 list from the associated press. You have to scroll down to the very bottom to see that they only got 2 votes! I guess two beat reporters have some idea of what’s going on and are actually watching the games.
The Seton Hall Pirates enter the 2020-2021 season as 100-1 underdogs to win a national championship.
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