SHU's Jeremy Hazell back in lineup

Updated: January 12, 2011, 11:20 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Seton Hall guard Jeremy Hazell had 23 points in his return for the Pirates on Wednesday night against DePaul.

Seton Hall won, 78-67.

The 6-foot-5 senior guard, named first-team All-Big East in the preseason, had been out since Nov. 19 with a broken bone in his left, non-shooting wrist.

Hazell also suffered a gunshot wound under his right arm in an attempted robbery in Harlem on Christmas Day, but had healed from that. The wrist injury was what was keeping him out of action.

"We are extremely happy with the decision that Jeremy and his family made to return to the court this season," Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said in a statement. "He has meant so much to the Seton Hall community over the last four years. We're looking forward to have him back in uniform tonight."

Hazell was cleared to resume play after a re-evaluation by team doctors following the Pirates' shootaround early Wednesday. But some speculated he might still elect to redshirt and possibly return to Seton Hall for one more season, if he did not enter the NBA draft.

Hazell came into this season as the nation's leading returning scorer, with 1,789 career points. Terry Dehere holds the Seton Hall school record, with 2,494 points -- a record Hazell could have broken with a full senior season, but which will be practically impossible to top now.

Seton Hall had 14 regular-season games remaining entering Wednesday's game -- Hazell would have had to average 45.2 points per game to break the record in the regular season, not including postseason play.

Hazell averaged 24 points per game in the three games he played this season prior to suffering the wrist injury.

Kieran Darcy is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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