Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hazell, Pirates Catch Bad Break

Seton Hall now faces more adversity as leading scorer Jeremy Hazell will miss next 4-6 weeks with broken left wrist. (Photo courtesy of New York Daily News)

If you know anything about Seton Hall basketball, you can tell someone right away that a large part of the Pirates' success under first-year coach Kevin Willard depends upon the productivity of senior guard Jeremy Hazell, who entered this season with a chance to become the leading scorer in school history. Unfortunately, Seton Hall will now look to other options to pick up the slack after Hazell broke his left (non-shooting) wrist in the Pirates' Paradise Jam win against Alabama. The injury will sideline him for approximately four to six weeks.

Hazell lit up the Crimson Tide for 27 points before departing, and was averaging 24 points per contest while taking only 38 shots this season. With their primary option out of the lineup, expectations are that Jamel Jackson and Fuquan Edwin could be the first choices to pick up the slack until Hazell comes back.

Yesterday, I tweeted that Hazell's injury was a "good news/bad news" situation, (you can follow me on Twitter by going to twitter.com/jadendaly by the way) with the bad news being Hazell's scoring would be vacated from the lineup. However, the good news (if there is any in South Orange) is that Hazell should be ready to go for the Pirates' Big East opener against South Florida on December 28th.

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