Sandro Mamukelashvill returns to Seton Hall for his Senior Season
Mamu is back. Mamu is of my favorite players in the country, he’s just fun to watch. He was so good last season before he got hurt and then after once he was back healthy. I truly believe Seton Hall could have won it all last season, with Myles Powell, Mamu, Quincy McKnight, Ro Gill, and Jared Rhoden, that was such a good team.
Mamu averaged 11.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game in 20 games last season, he shot 54% from the field, and 43% from deep. He’s a 6’11 lefty who can shoot. What’s not to love in his game? His Usage Rate was 20.9 percent so a decent number but without Powell it’ll sky rocket. His DBPM (Defensive Box plus/minus) was 1.7 while his OBPM (Offensive Box Plus/Minus) was 5.4. He’s a great offensive player while being a decent defender. This is a team I like a lot for this season that nobody is talking about.
The Pirates Lineup for next season:
PG: Bryce Aiken (Harvard)
SG: Takal Molson (Canisius)
SF: Myles Cale
PF: Jared Rhoden
C: Sandro Mamukelashvili
Bench: Ike Obiagu, Shavar Reynolds Jr, Jahari Long, Jeff Ngandu, Tyrese Samuel
Departures: Myles Powell, Romaro Gill, Quincy McKnight, Anthony Nelson (Manhattan)
This is a team I like a lot, Bryce Aiken is a super talented scorer at Harvard but he’s struggled staying healthy his whole career. He averaged 22.2 points per game in 2018-19 in 18 games while shooting 39% from deep, in one of his 7 games this season he went off for 30 points in the Orlando Invitational against a really good Maryland team. I think he’ll be a big piece for this team in replacing a score-first guard like Myles Powell.
Takal Molson is an interesting player, he’s a guard but he shot 42% from the field in 2018-19. He also had a 28% usage rate so he had the ball a ton and that contributed to his 16.9 point per game total, I think he’s a fine player but he needs to develop a jumper like he had in 2017-18 he just won’t be as good without it.
Jared Rhoden is a glue guy I like a lot, very good defender with switch ability from 1-4 really, he’s 6’6” but has played the 2-3-4 in his career but primarily the four spot last season. He averaged 9.1 points per game a season ago and he shot 44% from the field with 6.4 rebounds per game, for a 6’6” guy, to get rebounds like that, while being a good defender. Sign me up, one of the most underrated players in the nation, Jared Rhoden. Remember that name.
They have a big in Ike Obiagu who’s 7’2, who started at Florida State then transferred and sat 2018-19, be was used sparingly this season. Shavar Reynolds Jr is a guy who started as a walk-on his first season at Seton Hall he shot really well last season from deep, 47% on 46 attempts that’s his role for the most part and is a leader on the team.
I like Seton Hall as they 4th best team in the Big East next season behind Villanova, Creighton, and UConn.