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The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward from Hutchinson (KS) Community College chose UNLV over DePaul, and Iowa State. Rutgers, Kansas and Rhode Island were also involved.
“It was a tough decision between UNLV, Iowa State and DePaul,” Hutchinson assistant Jay Cyriac said. “Shakur felt very comfortable with what he saw on his visit to UNLV. Coach Menzies actively recruited him and was able to build a strong relationship. The guidance and mentorship that [Playaz director] Jim Salmon offered him through the process was one that helped him weigh all his options. Shakur ultimately felt that the atmosphere at UNLV was similar to what he had here at Hutch. UNLV fans are getting a great one!”
A year ago a prominent Seton Hall basketball star won the Haggerty Award as the best player in the New York metropolitan area.
He then tested the NBA Draft waters, received an invite to the NBA Draft Combine and ultimately entered the Draft.
A year after Isaiah Whitehead landed with his hometown Brooklyn Nets, another Seton Hall player, junior big man Angel Delgado, could follow Whitehead’s trajectory.
Delgado on Wednesday became the second straight Seton Hall player to win the Lieutenant Frank J. Haggerty Award as the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) Player of the Year. Delgado was set receive the honor Wednesday night at the annual Met Writers dinner at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, N.Y.
“It made me feel good,” he said Wednesday by phone. “I gotta be happy. I think my teammates are happy for me, too, because in my opinion I think they deserve it more than me because they helped me to become a better player on the court and off the court.”
The NCAA late signing period ends May 17 and several big-name prospects are still on the board. Here’s an overview of some top recruits who are poised to announce in the coming days and weeks. This list will be updated going forward.