The 2019-20 Seton Hall Pirates Basketball team had one of the best seasons in program history thanks to Myles Powell, but now what?
The 2019-20 season for the Seton Hall Men’s Basketball team was one for the ages. Led by Myles Powell, the Pirates went 21-9 with a 13-5 record within the Big East and finished the season ranked 15th in the nation.
Heading into the Big East tournament and March Madness, the Pirates were ready to contend for their first National Championship in program history, but because of COVID-19, they didn’t have the chance. Now, the Pirates and their fans are left wondering what could’ve been after such an incredible season.
With Myles Powell entering the NBA Draft following his senior season, the Pirates are set to be a much different team in 2020-21, then they were in 2019-20.
Not only does Seton Hall lose Powell, but their recruiting class isn’t all that great either. With the 84th ranked recruiting class in the nation according to 247 sports, the Pirates freshmen might not make the immediate impact that Seton Hall somewhat needs.
Seton Hall’s two incoming freshmen, Jahari Long and Dimingus Stevens, are each three-stars, but they are joined by two transfers, Tray Jackson; a four-star transfer from Missouri, and Bryce Aiken; a four-star transfer from Harvard.
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Unfortunately for Seton Hall, Jackson is not immediately eligible and unless he somehow gets a waiver, he will be forced to sit out a year under the transfer rules. Aiken on the other hand is immediately eligible and will be the go-to guy for Seton Hall next season.
Without two of their top three scorers in Myles Powell and Quincy McKnight, Seton Hall is going to need someone to step up and provide them with some buckets, and Aiken can be that guy.
In his senior season with Harvard, Aiken averaged 16.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game on a 41.2% field goal percentage, and 87.2% free throw percentage. Aiken was phenomenal for the Crimson and was a large reason why they were set to go into the Ivy League tournament with a shot at taking down Yale and making the big dance.
Aiken, Sandro Mamukelashvili (assuming he withdraws his name from the NBA Draft), and Jared Rhoden will be the biggest pieces of the 2020-21 Seton Hall team and will be the ones tasked with filling the shoes of Myles Powell. The question is; can they do it?