Kevin Willard | Myles Cale is a more skilled Fuquan Edwin

Seton Hall's head coach Kevin Willard directs his players from the bench in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J.Seton Hall is expected to be one of the top teams in the Big East this season because of its returning experience.

The Pirates welcome back four players — Khadeen Carrington, Desi Rodriguez, Ismael Sanogo and Angel Delgado — who started the past two years and made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

But despite all of that veteran cachet, one particular newcomer has stood out during this team’s first week of practice: freshman Myles Cale.

“Myles Cale is a more skilled version of Fuquan Edwin,” Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard said after Monday’s practice, referencing Edwin — a four-year starter for the Pirates from 2010-14. “Myles is really skilled and can play multiple positions. I love his work ethic.”

The 6-foot-5 Cale was a top 100 prospect coming out of high school, but didn’t get the same ink as other incoming freshmen because he committed to the Pirates in the spring of his junior year of high school. Having already made his commitment when other prospective members of the class of 2017 were playing on the AAU circuit in the summer of 2016, Cale did his work in the shadows.

It won’t stay like that for long now that he’s a first-year player in the Big East.

“He can get a rebound and then lead the break,” Willard added. “He can affect the game in a number of different ways.”

If that happens, it would give Seton Hall another quality piece to go with its strong returning core that is currently ranked 18th in the FanRag Sports Preseason Top 25.

“We’re deeper than we’ve been the past two years,” Willard said.

And potentially more versatile because of Cale.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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