Losses could keep Seton Hall out of next year's NCAA tournament

Transfer Quincy McKnight, who averaged 18.9 points in his sophomore season at Sacred Heart, is set to be eligible for Seton Hall in 2018-19. Casey Sapio/USA TODAY Sports

We continue our recruit and return series with the Seton Hall Pirates, whose season ended Saturday against Kansas. A look at what the 2018-19 season could hold:

Possible 2018-19 starting five

G: Quincy McKnight

G: Myles Powell

G: Myles Cale

F: Michael Nzei

F: Taurean Thompson

Who is lost: The group that brought so much success to Seton Hall is now on its way out, as Khadeen Carrington, Desi Rodriguez, Angel Delgado and Ish Sanogo have exhausted their eligibility. Delgado established himself as one of the best rebounders in college basketball over his final couple of seasons, pushing for a double-double every night. Carrington was a playmaker who was inconsistent but had as much ability as anyone in the Big East. Rodriguez was underrated throughout his career, but was the most important offensive player for the Pirates and was oftentimes the biggest factor in their victories. Sanogo was a glue guy who did a lot of the dirty work down low.

Who is added: The two biggest additions for Seton Hall are a pair of transfers: McKnight and Thompson. McKnight put up big numbers last season for Sacred Heart, averaging 18.9 points and 3.0 assists, while Thompson left Syracuse abruptly last August after averaging 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds during his lone season with the Orange. Both players could start immediately. Among the incoming freshmen, four-star guard Anthony Nelson will be a factor. He can play both guard positions and has good size, with the ability to score in different ways. Jared Rhoden and Darnell Brodie will also enter the program next season.

What it means for next season: Replacing the departed seniors won’t be easy, but coach Kevin Willard does have some returnees poised for a bigger role. Powell took a step forward as a sophomore, and showed he is capable of monster performances -- going for 30 points against Xavier in February. Alongside him on the wing will likely be Cale, a prolific scorer at the high school level who started seeing a more consistent role late in the season. Foreign imports Nzei (Nigeria) and Sandro Mamukelashvili (Georgia) will have to help replace Delgado on the interior. Nzei has been a solid role player for three seasons now, contributing a couple of baskets and a handful of rebounds every night. Mamukelashvili showed his potential early in the season, with 11 points and nine rebounds against NJIT in November, but couldn’t carve out consistent minutes.

Trending: Down. With the outgoing senior class, it’s hard to imagine Seton Hall will remain an NCAA tournament team next season. With that said, Powell and Cale can get buckets, and McKnight and Thompson should be impact transfers. If the chemistry works, and the newcomers are as good as advertised, Willard could surprise everyone and get them back in the hunt.