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After committing on Monday, Jordan Walker has signed a National Letter of Intent with Seton Hall.
Walker, a 6-foot point guard, is the latest in a run of Patrick School/St. Patrick High School recruits to attend Seton Hall, including current Pirates star center Angel Delgado (Bajos De Haina, Dominican Republic), Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Famers Shaheen Holloway and Samuel Dalembert as well as Grant Billmeier, Jeff Robinson and Derrick Gordon.
Walker also now becomes the sixth Seton Hall student-athlete on the 2017-18 roster to hail from either New Jersey or New York, as coach Kevin Willard continues to hone in on the region’s top talent to keep them home. Seton Hall has 46 wins and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances over the last two seasons, and since 2014 alone, Seton Hall recruits from the Metro New York area have accumulated four All-BIG EAST and eight All-Met selections.
“We’re very excited to welcome Jordan into the Seton Hall basketball family,” Willard said. “He is a very talented point guard with excellent speed and can be effective on both ends of the floor. He was outstanding at The Patrick School, where he got a tremendous amount of experience and won a lot of games. We’re very excited for his potential and can’t wait to have him here to begin his college career.
“Bringing Jordan to Seton Hall is another success for our staff, which prides itself in keeping the best local New Jersey and New York talent close to home.”
Walker enjoyed a banner senior season at The Patrick School, playing for head coach Chris Chavannes, who led the Celtics to a No. 12 national ranking in the USA Today High School Super 25. He averaged 11.9 points and 4.8 assists per game for the Celtics and had some big single-game performances, including a near triple-double (15 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds) vs. Pace Academy to earn MVP honors of the Hoophall Classic; 31 points and seven assists vs. Linden, 22 points and eight assists vs. Roselle Catholic; 15 points and 12 assists vs. Hudson Catholic; and 17 points and five assists in the Tournament of Champions title game victory over Don Bosco Prep.
At season’s end, Walker was named third-team All-State and second-team All Non-Public by NJ.com.
“The Patrick School congratulates Jordan Walker for his acceptance to Seton Hall University,” Chavannes said. “Jordan joins a long list of Patrick School / St. Patrick High School student-athletes that includes Shaheen Holloway, Sam Dalembert, and Angel Delgado. They have all attended and benefitted from a wonderful college experience at Seton Hall. Jordan helped lead the Patrick School Celtics to a 29-4 record and a 2017 Tournament of Champions title. We know Jordan will continue his winning ways as a Seton Hall Pirate.”
Walker becomes the fifth signed commit to join Seton Hall for 2017-18, including fellow freshmen Myles Cale (Middletown, Del.), Darnell Brodie (Newark, N.J.) and Sandro Mamukelashvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) and junior college transfer Romaro Gill (St. Thomas, Jamaica). The Pirates will bring back seven letter winners that account for 90.5 percent of the team’s scoring and 90.0 percent of the team’s rebounding from last season.
Led by Willard, who is entering his eighth season at the helm of The Hall, the Pirates are coming off back-to-back 20-win seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances.
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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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