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Seton Hall picked up its first pledge in the Class of 2015 on Wednesday when Dalton Soffer, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound shooting guard from Poway (CA) signed a Letter of Intent to play with the Pirates.
“We’re really pleased to add a player like Dalton,” head coach Kevin Willard said in a statement Dec. 12. “His ability to shoot the ball fits perfectly in our system and we think he’ll be an asset to the program.”
Soffer took an official visit to Seton Hall in November and called it “great.”
“The fact that it’s Big East basketball,” Soffer told SNY.tv by phone in November. “Coach Willard’s great, the rest of the staff is awesome and I really think that the team can play for a championship so I’m really looking forward to getting out there.”
Adonis De La Rosa , a 6-foot-11, 256-pound center from Christ the King in Queens, has been deemed a non-qualifier by the NCAA Eligibility Center, the school announced. De La Rosa remains enrolled at St. John’s University, but he is not eligible for participation with the men’s basketball team until his academic progress meets NCAA standards.
A source close to De La Rosa told SNY.tv Monday night that his SAT scores were disputed by a third party, and that led to his being deemed a non-qualifier. The source added that De La Rosa still hopes to become eligible this season.
“The St. John’s Athletic Department was recently informed by the NCAA Eligibility Center of the change in certification status for Adonis De La Rosa after new information revealed the student-athlete does not meet eligibility requirements,” said St. John’s Director of Athletics Chris Monasch. “The University will continue to review the options available in this particular case.”
The 6-foot-5 senior guard from Vermont Academy (Ver.) chose the Crimson over Butler.
“Tommy Amaker and Christian Webster (Harvard assistant coach) did a fantastic job recruiting Corey,” Vermont Academy Head Coach Alex Popp told SNY.tv. “In addition, Corey played on the Canadian U-18 team with Chris Egi. The two are close friends.”
Johnson could possibly fill the void that has been left by Crimson sharpshooter Laurent Rivard.