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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — One immediate question facing the Seton Hall basketball program in the wake of Wednesday’s firing of head coach Bobby Gonzalez is, What becomes of the program’s recruits?
The Pirates have three recruits in the Class of 2010, yet only one has signed a National Letter of Intent.
Fuquan Edwin, a 6-foot-5 senior wing from Paterson (N.J.) Catholic who signed with Seton Hall last November, said he is leaning toward staying with the Pirates.
“I’m going to wait and sit down with my family and have a big discussion,” Edwin said Wednesday by phone.
“I’m still thinking about still going there. They need to find a new coach. I just need to build a relationship with him as soon as possible.”
Edwin said he spoke with Seton Hall players Herb Pope and Jordan Theodore on Wednesday. Theodore, a sophomore point guard, played with Edwin at Paterson Catholic.
Because he signed a Letter of Intent, Edwin would have to be released by the administration after the coaching change should he opt to go in that direction. That has become more common in recent years as athletic departments choose to let players go if they are not comfortable with the new coach.
Edwin, who led PC to a 28-1 record and a Top 3 national ranking at one point, was also recruited by Providence, Temple and La Salle.
Of the coaching change, he said, “It’s real tough.”
Two other players, Jamir Hanner of Newark (N.J.) Nia Prep, and Eugene McCrory of Kamit Institute for Magnificent Achievers in Washington, D.C., made verbal commitments but have yet to sign.
Asked what his plans were, the 6-8 McCrory wrote in a text, “I don’t know yet…I’m still thinking but I’m still with Seton Hall.”
The 6-8 Hanner also remains committed at this point.
“As of right now I’m still going,” Hanner said by text.
(Photo courtesy MaxPreps.com)
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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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