Khadeen Carrington can see things changing for the better at Seton Hall, and the Bishop Loughlin guard wants to be there when it happens.
The Pirates and fourth-year men’s basketball coach Kevin Willard have begun to land top recruits, and are in the running for Abraham Lincoln guard Isaiah Whitehead. Carrington sees Seton Hall has a place that can help him develop as a winner as its program attempts to do the same.
“I want to be apart of the changing of a program,” the 6-foot-3 Carrington said. “That is what Seton Hall is doing right now. They are trying to change to a winning program and I want to be a part of that.”
That is why he verbally committed to the Big East school early this week. He picked the Pirates, which was 15–18 last season, over Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh and Providence.
Loughlin coach Ed Gonzalez believes Carrington’s ability to get to the basket can complement Seton Hall’s incoming players like shooter Jaren Sina and Texas transfer guard Sterling Gibbs.
“There are not too many players in the city, or in the country, who can stay with Khadeen one-on-one,” Gonzalez said.
Seton Hall separated itself from the pack when Carrington visited the campus in early September. He felt a connection with Willard and the staff. He felt they were honest with him about their expectations and the direction of the program.
“All the coaches seemed down to earth,” Carrington said. “That’s how I am. I just like to be around cool people.”
In Carrington, Seton Hall gets one of the city’s top guards. He averaged 24.7 points per game as he led Loughlin to the Catholic High School Athletic Association Class AA title game last season. Carrington is a pure scorer known for slashing to the basket. His confidence in his jump shot is continuing to improve.
“There was a time he wouldn’t shoot the jump shot,” Gonzalez said. “Once he makes that, he is just going to be a player people can just not defend.”
Carrington said he is happy the recruiting process is behind him, calling it a bit of a nuisance of late. He said he thinks the possibility of playing with Whitehead would be a great opportunity, because the two are good friends. It would only add to a good situation.
“The coaches, they made a real impression on me,” Carrington said. “I like the campus and everything and I like the direction the school is going in.”
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