Seton Hall Pirates senior forward Desi Rodriguez will play in his team’s first-round NCAA Tournament game against North Carolina State on Thursday in spite of an ankle issue, Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard told FanRag Sports.
Rodriguez has started 28 of the 29 contests in which he played this season, averaging 17.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and one steal over 30.2 minutes per game while shooting 50.3 percent from the floor, 37.9 percent from 3-point range and 73.5 percent from the free-throw line. He scored in double figures in all but five of his appearances, including a season-high 33 points in a win over DePaul on Feb. 18.
The Bronx, N.Y. native arrived at Seton Hall in 2014-15, registering 5.6 points and 4.5 boards a night in a bench role.
The following year, Rodriguez became a full-time starter, posting 12.4 points, five rebounds and 1.6 steals across 26 minutes per game while making 50.3 percent of his field goal attempts, 38.6 percent of his long-distance tries and 69 percent of his foul shots.
Rodriguez continued to impress during his junior campaign, logging 15.7 points and 5.2 boards through 31.9 minutes a night. He converted 43.9 percent of his shots, 35.5 percent of his triples and 63.9 percent of his free throws.
Seton Hall enters the NCAA Tournament as an 8-seed. The Pirates went 21-11 this season, going 10-8 in Big East play.
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.