After one of their better seasons in recent memory, the Seton Hall Pirates fell flat in their final few Big East games and missed the NCAA tournament. What was looking to be a resurgent year for the program saw Pirate fans, including myself, disappointed in the end. With the graduation of seniors Jordan Theodore and Herb Pope, the team’s two best players, many people were not expecting much out of the coming season. Super recruit Aquille Carr is a year away from joining the team and Fuquan Edwin might need another year to grow into a true superstar. Now, with a bunch of talented transfers joining the squad, they could be competitive once again. That all depends on the evolution of Brandon Mobley.
Mobley sat out nearly all of the team’s nonconference schedule and wasn’t expected to make a big impact. However, with a thin frontcourt besides Pope, Mobley found some minutes. And he was a godsend. Mobley excelled at cleaning the glass despite his skinny frame. His lanky arms helped him with that. Mobley starting off the season shooting one for eight from long range, but then turned it around to hit 14 threes the rest of the year, a solid number for a big man. Mobley’s versatility has him primed for a breakout.
The three point shooting is something that will be a big factor. Seton Hall lived and died by the three last year, and they’ll need Mobley to help the cause. He’s also got a knock down mid range jumper from the foul line. Mobley’s wingspan not only helps rebounding, but also on defense. He’ll need to add a few pounds so he can bang more down low, and also develop a post game, but Mobley has a variety of skills that will help him help the team forget about Pope.
The team is getting Gene Teague, the Southern Illinois big man who is a force down low, Kyle Smyth, the Iona transfer who will provide some threes and senior leadership, Brian Oliver, another deadly long range bomber from Georgia Tech, and (hopefully) Sterling Gibbs, a Texas transfer who would be the starting point guard.
Mobley should be in the starting lineup with Teague, Edwin, guard Aaron Cosby, and Gibbs if he granted eligibility to play this season. Then, off the bench would come Oliver, Smyth, Patrik Auda, Freddie Wilson, and Haralds Karlis. That group of guys gives the Hall a lot of depth and a team that very well could make some noise right away.
Head coach Kevin Willard will need to push the right buttons and put his players in the best positions to excel. He’ll need Mobley to shoulder a heavy amount of the load.