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Saint Peter’s star KC Ndefo is following his old coach to Seton Hall.

The 6-foot-7 senior will spend his fifth year under coach Shaheen Holloway with the Pirates, he told NJ Advance Media ahead of his public announcement Saturday.

“Great program, great coaching staff, great players,” said Ndefo, 22. “Job not finished.’

Ndefo, who threw out the first pitch at the Red Sox-Yankees game on April 10, averaged 10.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks for the Peacocks, who beat No. 2 Kentucky, No. 7 Murray State and No. 3 Purdue before losing to No. 8 North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 in Philadelphia.

Ndefo this past season was named the Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year, the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, the MAAC Tournament MVP and is Saint Peter’s all-time blocks leader.

He graduated Saint Peter’s on Friday and Holloway attended the graduation.

Ndefo had only one offer coming out of Brooklyn Lincoln High School, from the then-Saint Peter’s coach.

“Coach Sha just believed in me from the start, so I’m grateful for Coach Sha and the opportunity he gave me,” said Ndefo, whose full first name is Kenechukwu.

He entered the Portal after last season and said he heard from “numerous Power Five schools,” including Texas Tech, Miami and Florida.

“I talked to a few coaches,” Ndefo said this season. “It was definitely close. It was a decision that I had to make with my family and people that’s close to me, so just ultimately making the right decision and coming back here was the best decision I made.”

Now he’s heading to Seton Hall where he will join a frontcourt that also features 6-foot-10 Tyrese Samuel, 6-10 Tray Jackson and 6-8 Alexis Yetna, all of whom are returning from last year’s team.

In the backcourt, the Pirates will also return several key pieces in Jamir Harris and Kadary Richmond, while adding two ACC transfers Al-Amir Dawes (Clemson) and Femi Odukale (Pittsburgh).

The Pirates also added brothers Dre and Tae Davis from Louisville, and previous commits Jaquan Sanders and Jaquan Harris, Jamir’s younger brother.

Ndefo is the seventh Saint Peter’s player to transfer following their run: Daryl Banks III (St. Bonaventure), Matthew Lee (Missouri State), Doug Edert (Bryant) Hassan and Fousseyni Drame (La Salle) and Clarence Rupert (Southern Illinois).

SAINT PETER’S STAFF IS FINALIZED

New Saint Peter’s coach Bashir Mason has finalized his staff.

Mason added Bobby Jordan (Wagner/Drexel), Pete Cipriano (Southern) and Umar Shannon (Saint Peter’s/Saint Francis PA) as assistants while naming Nigel Jackson, who played for Mason at Wagner, Director of Operations. Keydren Clark, Saint Peter’s all-time leading scorer, will be Director of Player Development.

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Adam Zagoria is a freelance reporter who covers Seton Hall and NJ college basketball for NJ Advance Media. You may follow him on Twitter @AdamZagoria and check out his Website at ZAGSBLOG.com.



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