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Seton Hall Adds Sixth Commit in Michael Nzei; Auda Looking at Pro Options Overseas

by Christian Pierre-Louis | Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
(AP Photo)

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Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard continued to build on his stellar 2014 recruiting class with the commitment of Michael Nzei, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound power forward/center from Our Savior New American.

Nzei committed to the Pirates, becoming their sixth pledge in 2014, as multiple sources have announced.

Nzei is a high-motor power forward with good hands and an athletic frame who does a lot of the dirty work inside. He gives Seton Hall another prodigious rebounder inside along with Delgado. Nzei currently ranks fifth on the Under Armour circuit with 7.2 rebounds per game. He has also showed the ability to go out of the paint and hit mid-range jumpers.

Nzei joins guards Isaiah Whitehead and Khadeen Carrington, wing Desi Rodriguez and forwards Angel Delgado and Ismael Sanogo in the Pirates’ loaded 2014 class.

They are now one over the limit of 13 scholarships but it appears that won’t last for long.

Jerry Carino of Gannett New Jersey reported that power forward Patrik Auda of the Czech Republic is looking at playing professionally overseas next season, meaning Seton Hall would have one more scholarship for Nzei.

The 6-9 Auda averaged 9.6 points and 4.5 rebounds last season when he missed seven games with a foot injury.

His departure could pave the way for Nzei, who also held offers from Iowa, Iona, St. Joe’s, Hofstra and Duquesne, among others.

Losing a player like Auda could be quite significant to a team that will extremely young next season. He could provide veteran leadership next year as a postgrad on a team with a blockbuster six-man freshman class. Without him, that mantle likely would fall to redshirt junior, Sterling Gibbs and sophomore Jaren Sina.

The only other senior who projects to see significant time is forward Brandon Mobley, who now must hold down the front line along with heralded incoming power forward Angel Delgado. Beyond that, the Hall’s bigs are question marks; watching what Auda does will certainly be a storyline throughout the summer.

The work Kevin Willard and his staff have done with now this 6-man draft class is nothing short of remarkable. They have set their team up with loads of talent and after failing to attain local kids in the past few years, they have brought in the top players in the region.

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