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Tiny Morton to Seton Hall Official; Kenny Pretlow Takes Over at Lincoln High
The seemingly inevitable has now become reality.
Dwayne “Tiny” Morton, the longtime Lincoln High School coach who mentored Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair, Lance Stephenson and Isaiah Whitehead, is now officially an assistant coach at Seton Hall. The July recruiting period begins next week and Morton — who replaced Oliver Antigua, who followed his brother Orlando Antigua to South Florida — could soon be on the road recruiting.
Kenny Pretlow, Morton’s longtime right hand man at Lincoln, is now the new head man at the Coney Island powerhouse.
“I think [Morton’s impact at Seton Hall] is going to be immeasurable,” Pretlow told SNY.tv by phone Thursday. “Those guys [Whitehead and incoming freshman wing Desi Rodriguez of Lincoln] have a relationship with him and I think the best part is that Seton Hall is getting a great coach.
“I think a lot of people have underestimated that Tiny can coach and things, but I’ve been with him for 12 years. We won eight [New York City PSAL] championships during that time, including four in a row, and each team was treated differently. He would go into a season and say, ‘You’re not the defending champs because we had six kids who didn’t play last year.’ Every team was rebuilt.”
Morton joins a staff at Seton Hall led by head coach Kevin Willard that also includes associate head coach Shaheen Holloway and assistant Fred Hill.
“Coach Willard is a guy who’s hungry,” Morton said in September, shortly after Whitehead chose Seton Hall over St. John’s and others. “He didn’t win any championships so he’s going to probably do what he’s gotta do to make sure everybody is successful.”
Seton Hall is bringing in a highly-ranked six-man recruiting class, highlighted by Whitehead, a 6-foot-4 McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American.
Lincoln, meantime, will move on without Whitehead and Rodriguez under the guidance of Pretlow, who will retain Morton’s staff, including assistant James Barrett.
“My goals will to be keep the program at the high standard that Tiny has it at,” Pretlow said. “To try to maybe improve on what he did, which will be hard, but just try to stay a high-quality championship competing team.”
Pretlow said the team will now rely on a younger group of players, including rising senior wing Ezekiel Charles, rising senior post Greg Poleon, rising junior wing Damarri Moore and rising junior point guard Rakym Felder.
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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