Seton Hall announced suspension of Ismael Sanogo Friday afternoon for violation of team and university rules, which will force senior forward to miss Saturday's game against Manhattan. (Photo by Bob Dea/Daly Dose Of Hoops)
An adversity-filled week for Seton Hall is not over, as the Pirates were dealt another blow just days before the Christmas holiday and start of Big East Conference play.
Senior forward Ismael Sanogo, the Pirates' top defensive presence and a central figure in their back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, was suspended Friday for a violation of team and university rules, and will miss Saturday's contest against Manhattan. There is no timetable for his return.
"Ish has a responsibility to himself and his teammates to abide by all the rules of this university and team," head coach Kevin Willard said in a statement issued by the university's athletic communications office Friday afternoon. "Hopefully, he will understand the opportunity he has attending Seton Hall University, and he will make the changes he needs to be allowed back on this team."
The 6-foot-8 native of Newark is averaging 4.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the 23rd-ranked Pirates, who are 10-2 as they welcome Manhattan to the Prudential Center for a noon matinee in their final tuneup before opening the conference season at home Wednesday night against Creighton. Known primarily for his defensive capabilities, Sanogo provided a burst of offense with 10 points in Seton Hall's loss at Rutgers this past Saturday, a contribution made even more valuable by the struggle that point guard Khadeen Carrington endured amid a 4-for-17 shooting effort. In Sanogo's absence, Michael Nzei is expected to receive an increase in playing time, as will freshman Sandro Mamukelashvili.