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Fuquan Edwin to Seton Hall; Williams Mulling Options
Seton Hall picked up its first commitment of the 2010 Class when Fuquan Edwin verballed on Thursday.
He picked the Pirates over Providence, which he visited earlier this week.
Edwin, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound forward out of Paterson (N.J.) Catholic, made the commitment after visiting the school for two hours Thursday with several family members, including his mother, Anisa Thomas, stepfather, Hassan Hargrove, and grandfather.
“I felt like it was home for me. I felt comfortable,” said Edwin, who averaged 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds last year at PC.
“We walked around with my my mom, my uncle and my step-pop and we talked to the coaches.”
Recruiting expert Tom Konchalski says Edwin, nicknamed “The Finisher,” is a natural scorer.
“Fuquan Edwin scores like we breathe,” Konchalski said Thursday. “He’s much more of a scorer than he is shooter. He’s a 6-4 1/2 wing player who’s very good in the open court. He gets to the basket and is a very good finisher. He’s a guy that is not a consistent 3-point shooter, I think because of neglect. I’ve seen him at times shoot the 3 pretty well, but he doesn’t shoot it enough.
“He’s a born scorer. He has nose for the basket and he has nonpareil scoring instincts.
“That’ s a good player for them [Seton Hall].”
Edwin needs to work on his face-up game and said he went right to the gym Thursday to work out with his cousin, former Rutgers standout Marquis Webb.
“Position wise I’m going to be a 2/3 and I’m going to pick up right after Jeremy Hazell,” Edwin said. Sharpshooting Hazell will be a senior when Edwin is a frosh.
Seton Hall already has Jordan Theodore, a rising sophomore point guard who played with Edwin at PC.
Seton Hall Coach Bobby Gonzalez “said he felt it was the perfect fit for me, too,” Edwin said of his commitment. “He gave me a big hug and said, ‘Welcome to the family.'”
Now that that the decision is done, Edwin wants to focus on helping PC defend its Passaic County title and go deeper in the State tournament.
“Yes, definitely,” he said. “Next year I’m going to be a big leader. I’m going to slow the game down when we have hard times. I’m just excited and I can’t wait.”
WILLIAMS MULLING OPTIONSElliot Williams, the guard who was released from Duke this week, says he will land at Memphis, Kentucky, Tennessee or Vanderbilt, per the Memphis Commercial-Appeal.
All those schools recruited him initially.
“That’s why I’m looking at these schools, because I know them. I know the coaches,” Williams said.
Memphis seems like the most likely destination for the Memphis native, whose mother reportedly is battling cancer. He met Wednesday with Memphis head coach Josh Pastner.
“One of the main things I wanted to do was to meet with and get a chance to talk with Pastner,” he told the paper. “That was the main thing, because that’s the only coach that I really don’t know.”
“I got a great feel from him, so, I mean, I’m not going to drag this thing out. I’m not about to make this another recruitment thing. I’ve been through this.
“I’m going to make the right decision, just make sure everything’s right. I really don’t have a timetable
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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