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Seton Hall lost one experienced guard recently but has gained another.
Talented Kansas State transfer Jevon Thomas, who recently visited campus, has committed to the Pirates, sources told SNY.tv. He joins the program just as news broke last week that Sterling Gibbs will graduate and transfer to play immediately.
A 6-foot Queens native, Thomas will sit for the 2015-16 season and will then have two years of eligibility remaining.
“Well, first I felt comfortable, I knew a lot of the staff for years,” Thomas told SNY.tv. “But I was most impressed by the skill development.”
Thomas takes Seton Hall’s last available scholarship for 2015-16, meaning someone would have to leave the program or become a walk-on for them to add another player for next season. Seton Hall remains involved for several other immediately eligible transferring guards, including Florida’s Eli Carter and Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon as well as several junior college guards.
Seton Hall associate head coach Shaheen Holloway recruited Thomas out of high school, and Thomas initially chose Kansas State over Seton Hall and Auburn in December 2012.
He averaged 4.5 points and 3.3 assists last season across 25.8 minutes per game. He has always been considered a talented point guard, but he attended multiple high schools and was briefly kicked off Kansas State by head coach Bruce Weber before a road game against Texas.
“As for Jevon, he has worked diligently to succeed in our program both athletically and academically,” Weber said in March, when Thomas decided to transfer. “He has made tremendous strides during his time at K-State, but he’s come to the decision he wants to be closer to home. We wish him the best as he moves forward in his college career.”
Seton Hall has already added power forward Myles Carter and wing Veer Singh, along with 6-9 Fresno State transfer Braeden Anderson, to its 2015 class.
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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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