Thursday, December 30, 2010

Around the Region: High School Scores of Note

While local schools are closed this week for Winter Break, gyms across the area are busy with a number of holiday tournaments. All scores and stats are from the Rally page linked at the bottom of this article.

Princeton Day School won the championship game of the Delran Holiday Tournament yesterday. Sophomore guard Davon Reed scored 22 of Princeton's 44 points as PDS beat Northern Burlington 44-41. I watched Reed play on Tuesday and wrote about it here .

6'9 junior, and SJU recruiting target, Mike Zangari had 31 points to lead Red Land High School to a 65-59 win over Pocono Mountain East. Hawk head coach Phil Martelli watched as Zangari powered Red Land past Father Judge earlier this month.

Saint Joseph's Prep, still playing without injured sophomore guard Steve Vasturia, dropped a 59-47 contest to Shipley despite 15 points from sophomore guard, and son of former SJU assistant coach, Miles Overton.

Neumann-Goretti won in impressive fashion, beating Plymouth-Whitemarsh 69-57. Pitt-bound senior Jaylen Bond had 27 points in the losing effort for PW. Neumann was led by one of the many talented sophomores in the area, Johnny Davis. Davis, a strong guard with size, had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Neumann.

High School Scoreboard

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Davon Reed Powers Princeton Day School Past Delran

A week or so before Christmas, Alex Kline of TheRecruitScoop reported that Saint Joseph's became the second school to offer Princeton Day School sophomore guard Davon Reed. SJU head coach Phil Martelli offered the 6'4 guard after watching him on December 18th. I got a chance to see Reed today, as his Princeton Day School team improved to 4-3.

The game was played at Delran High School in South Jersey, as part of the Delran Holiday Tournament. The game, which was originally scheduled to be played yesterday, pitted Princeton Day against the host, Delran, in the day's first game. The second game of the day showcased Penn Tech and Northern Burlington.

Although only a sophomore, Reed is clearly one of his team's leaders, alongside senior guard AJ Rubin and senior forward Nate Apgar. Although these totals are unofficial (very unofficial!), I had Reed finishing the game with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. The majority of Davon's points came from the free throw line. His athleticism allowed him to create shots for himself off the dribble and get to the free-throw line as a result. Davon also drilled a deep three before exiting the game with a few minutes left and a 20-point lead. The highlight of the game came on a dunk by Reed, the result of a steal near halfcourt. With a defender trailing, Reed elevated and sent the crowd into a frenzy. After missing his first four free-throws of the game, Reed found his rhythm and hit most of his shots during the remainder of the game.

After trailing early, Princeton Day School went into the half resting on a 4-point lead. That lead ballooned as the second half wore on, and Princeton Day School left Delran today with a comfortable 24-point win.

Davon Reed is a player that the Saint Joseph's coaches have already identified and made a priority. Based on his play so far this season, and his incredibly high upside, it's only a matter of time before Davon begins to pile on the scholarship offers. Don't think for a moment that Saint Joseph's and VCU are the only schools that will be showing serious interest in the talented guard.

Photo of Davon Reed Courtesy of TheRecruitScoop

Friday, December 24, 2010

David Bruce Getting Looks

David Bruce, one-time Saint Joseph's signee and current Harcum Junior College big man, is once again attracting the attention of Division 1 schools. In an article yesterday by Jay Gomes of, Bruce cited Saint Joseph's, Temple, Seton Hall, Iowa State, and Utah State as the schools showing him the most interest. According to the article, which is linked here the 6'9 Bruce is averaging just under 13 points per game and just over 8 rebounds per game. David would be able to suit up next year and have three years of eligibility remaining at the college level.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

12/21 Odds and Ends

Some quick hitters before the day starts:

The Hawks are up in Boston tonight to take on Boston University at 7 pm tonight. The 3-7 Hawks are looking to snap a 5-game losing streak in their first game after finals.

In an interview here with TheRecruitScoop's Alex Kline, Dallas Anglin lists Saint Joseph's as one of the schools he is considering. Anglin, a 6'2 guard from Seton Hall Prep (NJ) is off to a very strong start to the season. Worth noting is that Anglin was teammates with current SJU freshman Ronald Roberts at Saint Peter's Prep.

Friends' Central had a big win last night at Philadelphia University over Imhotep Charter. Friends' Central got another solid outing out of senior guard Devin Coleman, who had, according to, 16 points and 9 rebounds. Amile Jefferson led the way with 17 points and 7 boards.

On Sunday, Alex Kline reported that the Hawks had offered Princeton Day School sophomore Davon Reed over the weekend. Reed isn't the only player that Hawk head coach Phil Martelli watched over the weekend. He was also in attendance as Red Land (PA) beat Father Judge. An article linked here mentions that Martelli watched on as Mike Zangari had 24 points and 11 rebounds for Red Land. Zangari is a 6'9 junior who has been on the radar of the SJU coaching staff for quite some time.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Davon Reed Collects SJU Offer

Day in and day out, one of the very best people in the area at breaking news is TheRecruitScoop's Alex Kline. He broke news earlier today that is of note to Saint Joseph's fans. In the article linked below, Kline talks about the scholarship offer that Princeton Day School sophomore guard Davon Reed picked up last night. SJU head coach Phil Martelli was in attendance at the game, and offered the talented sophomore after. The article below has reaction from Reed about the offer.

In the coming day or so, I will have an article on Friends' Central up, with specific focus on senior Devin Coleman, junior Amile Jefferson, and sophomore Karon Davis.

Davon Reed Gets SJU Scholarship Offer

Friday, December 17, 2010

Local Coaches Watch on as Friends' Central Upends ANC

On Wednesday night, in the frigid cold, three of the area's most recognizable college coaches were seated in a high school gym in Bryn Athyn. What would drag Phil Martelli, Fran Dunphy, and Jay Wright to a suburban high school gym on a 25-degree December night? How about two of the most talented teams in the area. Academy of the New Church boasts a starting frontcourt with players committed to Pitt, Villanova, and Syracuse. On the other side of the ball, Friends' Central stars one of the best juniors in the nation, in 6'8 forward Amile Jefferson. They also feature one of the better unsigned seniors around: athletic combo guard Devin Coleman.

While I was unable to attend the game, Rick O'Brien of the Inquirer was on hand. His write-up of the game is below, and it's a good one.

Worth highlighting from the article are the college lists of both Amile Jefferson and Devin Coleman. Coleman, who had 19 points and 11 boards, said that he is hearing from "Saint Joseph's, La Salle, Rice, and Maryland." His teammate, Amile Jefferson, who went for 12 and 12, mentioned visits to Temple, Villanova, Maryland, Georgetown, and Duke. He also said that he is considering "Syracuse, North Carolina, and Saint Joseph's."

The article is linked here

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

12/14 Odds and Ends

Nothing here really warrants an article in and of itself, so here's just a collection of random bits of information. I'm in the process of trying to piece together some interviews and other articles.

This Sunday, Newark Eastside will be playing West Catholic at Villanova. Why is that worth mentioning? Newark Eastside stars some players that are getting looks from the SJU coaching staff, including junior Tariq Carey and sophomore Will Joyce. I posted an article at the end of November about Carey and Joyce. Newark Eastside got a visit from Hawk head coach Phil Martelli the day after his team beat Rutgers at the Palestra. Check out the article here .

On the high school front, another good game in the coming week is next Monday at Villanova University. Friends' Central will be taking on Imhotep Charter. Friends' Central stars junior forward Amile Jefferson, who is being recruited heavily by Duke, Villanova, Georgetown, and a plethora of others. They also have a terrific tandem of guards in unsigned senior Devin Coleman and sophomore Karon Davis. Imhotep is one of the best squads in Philadelphia. Period. They have a strong inside game with George Washington commit Erik Copes, who is a steal for the Colonials. Imhotep also has Ameen Tanksley and David Appolon, in addition to Brandon Austin, a sophomore who is going to be a star.

Two high school players from the PA/NJ area seem to no longer have the Hawks on their college lists. According to Alex Kline, Myles Davis has narrowed his list down to Villanova, Xavier, and Pitt. Read it here . Another 2012 guard, Life Center Academy's (NJ)Andre Horne, has also provided an update in his recruitment. On NJHoops, he mentioned Florida, Siena, Temple, Virginia Tech, Rider, Iona, Northeastern, and several others as the schools actively recruiting him.

Check back over the coming days for some (hopefully) new information.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Davon Reed Off to Strong Start

Although it's still extremely early in the recruiting process, there are a number of high school sophomores who are receiving interest from the Hawks. Over the past month or so, Hawk Hill Hardwood has reported on Newark Eastside's Will Joyce, and his visits to campus. I have also brought to light Rondae Jefferson's attendance at the Rutgers-SJU game. Another sophomore with interest from the Hawks is Princeton Day School (NJ) sophomore Davon Reed. Reed has been a target of the staff for quite some time, and was in attendance for the team's home opener against Western Kentucky.

Reed, a 6'3 combo guard, is off to a terrific start to the 2010-2011 season. In a win yesterday against the George School (PA), Reed netted 31 points, grabbed 10 boards, and had 4 steals. According to the article linked below, Reed is averaging 26 points per game through his team's first three games this season. They play again tonight against Pennington. Reed is just one of many area players that the coaching staff is tracking this year. Article on Princeton Day School

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hawks Fall to Golden Gophers

After three consecutive losses, the Hawks faced a tough task tonight: breaking a losing streak against Tubby Smith-coached, 20th-ranked Minnesota. In the end, the Hawks fell 83-73, despite brilliant performances from sophomore guard Tay Jones and freshman guard Langston Galloway. In the losing effort, Jones had 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, while Galloway contributed 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 7 steals.

Coming into the game, Minnesota had a significant advantage in the frontcourt, and they took advantage of it tonight. Forward Trevor Mbakwe had 12 points and 16 boards for the Golden Gophers. Ralph Sampson III was also a factor, scoring 10 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. While he is not the most famous player in his family, guard Devoe Joseph was a huge factor for Minnesota, hitting 4 3's en route to a 19 point performance. Devoe's brother, Corey, is a freshman at Texas this year and was a McDonald's All-American last year.

The officiating in the game came into question on a number of occasions, including one specific instance in the second half. Hawk freshman Ronald Roberts, who had a solid night with 6 points and 6 boards in 20 minutes, was hammered while going up strong at the rim. When the whistles remained silent, the Hagan went wild, with one person in particular vehemently disagreeing with the call. Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli ripped his suit coat off while arguing the call, and hurled the coat down his bench.

As mentioned above, the Hawks were led by Jones and Galloway, but also got solid performances from a number of other players. Daryus Quarles had 6 points and 5 assists and CJ Aiken led the team with 7 rebounds.

There were a few familiar faces in the building tonight. First, foremost, and tallest was Ralph Sampson II, who stood head and shoulder above everyone else in the Hagan. Current Philadelphia 76er Jodie Meeks was also in attendance, behind the Minnesota bench. Meeks was recruited by and played for Tubby Smith while he was at Kentucky.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Hawks Still Recruiting NMH's Cummins

In early August, I profiled Northfield Mount Hermon's 2012 big man Evan Cummins, with some insight into his game and recruitment from NMH head coach John Carroll. At the time, the Hawks were one of the many teams tracking the 6'8 forward. It seems that Evan is still a recruiting target of the SJU coaches, as assistant coach Dave Duda was on hand as NMH beat Hun School (NJ) 66-49 on Saturday.

According to Coach John Carroll, who I caught up with earlier today, Evan had 4 points on 2-5 shooting to go along with 15 rebounds in the victory Saturday, with Dave Duda on hand. In a Sunday win against Blair Academy (NJ), Evan had 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. On Sunday, coaches from Stanford, Penn, Davidson, Bucknell, Boston University, and La Salle were in the house watching the talented junior. In addition to the interest of all these schools, Evan also has offers from the University of Virginia, Notre Dame, and Northwestern, according to his coach.

Photo of Evan courtesy of New England Recruiting Report

Sunday, December 5, 2010

SJU Looks to Rebound at Princeton

At 5 o'clock today, the Hawks look to snap a two-game losing streak, when they play their third consecutive road game of the week at Princeton. On Wednesday, the Hawks were bullied on the boards in a 62-50 loss at Drexel. Drexel big man Daryl McCoy had a career day, scoring 15 points and collecting 18 rebounds. Saint Joseph's was outrebounded 41-19 for the game. Another key stat was Drexel shooting 25 free throws compared to 11 for the Hawks.

With less than 48 hours to catch their breath, the Hawks traveled to the Main Line for a Friday night Holy War date with Villanova. In the 71-60 loss, Saint Joseph's was outrebounded 45-32. SJU was led on Friday by Carl Jones' 19 points and 5 rebounds. Freshman Daryus Quarles had one of his best games in his young career, scoring 12 points on 3-3 shooting from beyond the arc.

Seven games into the season, the 3-4 Hawks have shown glimpses of great promise, while also making mistakes and mental lapses typical of such a young team. Rebounding has been a concern so far this season, with the team averaging just under 34 boards a game. This ranks them 254th nationally in rebounds per game. Princeton isn't nearly as strong on the glass as Drexel, Villanova, or Western Kentucky. The glass could be a deciding factor in today's game, with the Hawks looking for a win before facing nationally ranked Minnesota at home on Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hawks' Galloway Collects Honors

Last November, after current Hawk freshman Langston Galloway signed his Letter of Intent with Saint Joseph's, I was fortunate enough to interview Langston and his father Larry. If you didn't read the interview then, please check out the link at the bottom of this article. At the time, most people that follow the Hawks weren't very familiar with Langston. That has all changed in a year, as Langston is one of the key pieces of this year's Hawk team as a freshman.

This week, Langston received two accolades for his terrific performances against Rutgers and Fairfield. In the two games, Langston averaged 17.5 points, and in the Rutgers game alone, Langston dished out 8 assists. For his efforts, Langston was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and Big 5 Player of the Week. Articles on both awards are linked below.

The Hawks face two city opponents this week, playing at Drexel on Wednesday night and at Villanova on Friday. The Hawks enter this week's action riding a 3 game winning streak, and with a 3-2 record.

Hawk Hill Hardwood Interview with the Galloways

Langston is Big 5 Player of the Week

SJU Hawks Article on Awards

Sunday, November 28, 2010

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Newark Eastside gets a Visit from Head Hawk

On Friday night, Saint Joseph's took down Mike Rice's Rutgers team at the Palestra, 76-70. Over the past several months, Rutgers has garnered it's fair share of national attention for signing a number of highly-regarded recruits in the 2011 class. A day after taking down the NJ state school, SJU head coach Phil Martelli traveled north to Newark to pay a visit to two recruits. Newark Eastside High School's Twitter read, "Head coach Phil Martelli fresh off his victory over Rutgers was @ our practice today checking out Tariq Carey '12 and Will Joyce '13."

I saw Carey play in the Eddie Griffin Challenge in October, and had this to say about his game:

I was interested in seeing Carey play, since he is a name I have heard quite a bit of over the past year. Carey, a 6'2 guard from Newark, has garnered a decent amount of Big East interest over the past year, and seems to have his eyes set on a conference like the Big East or ACC. In my opinion, both Carey and Dallas Anglin were the best New Jersey guards Sunday after Kyle Anderson. Carey is very quick and strong with the ball. Due to his size, colleges probably want to see him develop into more of a pure point guard to play at the Big East or ACC level. His perimeter shot struggled a bit in this game, but he still managed to score 8 points. I can see why high-majors are keeping an eye on Carey.

While Carey is a name that I was familiar with, Will Joyce is not. The SJU coaching staff is putting in some really early work in the 2013 class, one that is loaded in the tri-state area. Princeton Day School's Davon Reed has spent time on campus already this year and is receiving significant interest from the SJU coaching staff. Chester's Rondae Jefferson was at the SJU-Rutgers game on Friday evening. Joyce, a 6'4 forward, is only a sophomore, but seemingly one that has stood out to the SJU coaches.

According to the Newark Eastside blog, here, Joyce has been on the Saint Joseph's campus twice unofficially already. The picture of him above is from the Newark blog.

Tariq Carey and Will Joyce are two names for Hawk fans to remember.

Newark Eastside Twitter

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hawks Take Down Rutgers

In front of just over 5,000 fans last night at the Palestra, Saint Joseph's got their third consecutive win of the season, defeating Rutgers 76-70. The game was a homecoming of sorts for new Rutgers head coach Mike Rice, who spent time on Hawk Hill as an assistant before moving on to Pitt, Robert Morris, and now Rutgers. Last night's game was also a family affair, as Hawk head coach Phil Martelli's son, Jimmy, is on Mike Rice's Rutgers staff. Linked below is a terrific article on the Martellis from the Star Ledger's Brendan Prunty.

After being hammered at home by Western Kentucky in the season opener and losing at Penn State, the Hawks have now put together 3 wins in a row. The Hawks had nine players earn double-digit minutes in the contest. Despite getting his lip ripped open in the first half, the Hawks got yet another stellar performance from freshman Langston Galloway, who scored 20 points, had 8 assists, and pulled down 3 rebounds. Galloway was 4-5 from three, leading the way as the Hawks shot 38 percent from three on the night. Sophomore Tay Jones also had a big night, scoring 21 points, including a number of critical free throws down the stretch.

The Hawks led throughout, and even had a 10 point lead with 12 minutes left in the game. A number of costly turnovers allowed Rutgers back into the game. With 3 minutes to go, Rutgers had trimmed the lead to 1. After the Hawks expanded the lead to 6, senior Charoy Bentley hit what may have been the biggest shot of his Saint Joseph's career, drilling a 3 with just over a minute to go.

Although Rutgers is down this year, any win over a Big East school is an important one, especially considering the youth of the Hawks.

Seated courtside for the game was 2011 SJU recruit Chris Wilson, who will look to earn minutes alongside this talented group of guards next season. Another big name in the house last night was sophomore Chester wing Rondae Jefferson. Jefferson is a top 50 recruit nationally in his class, and just another name the Hawks look to be trying to get involved with. According to an Adam Zagoria article from earlier this month, the Hawks are also very interested in 2013 New Jersey guard Davon Reed. Last night's game was an exciting and entertaining game for Wilson, Jefferson, and everyone else at the Palestra.

Saint Joseph's looks to bring their winning streak to 4 on Wednesday at Drexel.

Star Ledger Article on the Martellis

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Galloway and Aiken Lead Hawks to Road Win

After dropping the first two contests of the season, the Hawks have rebounded and now won back-to-back games. The Hawks defeated Fairfield 60-51 in Connecticut last night. With the win, the Hawks stand at 2-2 going into Friday's game against Rutgers at the Palestra. Current Rutgers head coach Mike Rice spent time on Hawk Hill as an assistant coach. Rice has made national waves with his 2011 recruiting class.

The Hawks trailed early last night, before ending the first half on a run and closing the Fairfield lead to 25-19. Down the stretch, the Hawks were able to clamp down defensively and convert from the free throw line. Freshman Langston Galloway once again put together a game well beyond his years, scoring 15 points on 7-9 shooting from the field. He also pulled down 5 rebounds, had 3 blocks, and 2 steals. Langston got help on Tuesday night from a freshman, a sophomore, and a senior. Senior forward Idris Hilliard had 12 points and 6 rebounds, Tay Jones had 13 points and 4 steals, and freshman CJ Aiken had 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 blocks.

After Saturday's win against Norfolk State, I wrote about the significant minutes being played by the team's freshmen. Last night, the five freshmen combined for 109 of the possible 200 minutes. They pulled down 23 of the team's 32 rebounds. They scored 31 of the team's 61 points, and did so on a night where Daryus Quarles was kept scoreless.

Sophomore guard Justin Crosgile only played 8 minutes last night, with his minutes going to Pat Swilling Jr. and senior Charoy Bentley. That will be an interesting statistic to track this season.

ESPN Box Score

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Hawks Get First Win of the Year

It took three games, but the Hawks rebounded from two difficult early season losses and got their first win of the season today, 70-65 over Norfolk State. The Hawks were led by freshman Daryus Quarles' 17 points and 5 rebounds. Quarles, who had a tough time get his jumper to fall in the season's first time games, went 4-5 today from three. The Hawks also got 16 points from sophomore Tay Jones, who only scored two field goals but went 11-12 from the charity stripe.

An interesting stat from today's game is that, of the 200 available minutes, 113 minutes went to freshmen. Out of the sophomore class, Tay Jones played only 21 minutes after getting in early foul trouble and sitting most of the first half. Sophomore guard Justin Crosgile was in street clothes, and sophomore forward Carl Baptiste didn't enter the game, although he was in uniform.

Although freshman Ronald Roberts only played 11 minutes, he managed to score 7 points for the Hawks, including a thundering put-back dunk in the first half. After missing his initial shot, Roberts went right back up and threw down a 2-handed dunk.

In attendance for the game today was Patrick Swilling Sr, former Georgia Tech and NFL star, and the father of freshman Pat Swilling Jr. Pat played his best game of his early career today, tallying 5 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

Saint Joseph's is back in action Tuesday night at Fairfield. They will look to even up their record at 2-2.

ESPN Box Score

Photo of Daryus Quarles courtesy of

Chris Wilson Officially a Hawk

Mid-week, the Hawks got a signed National Letter of Intent from 6'8 Florida forward Papa Samba Ndao. This signing was a bit of a surprise, as Papa's recruitment was certainly not a straight-forward one. While he will join the team in January, the expectation is that he will redshirt and be a 2011 recruit for the Hawks. Papa is now joined officially by 6'3 North Carolina guard Chris Wilson, as Wilson's signed LOI has been received by the Hawks.

The official press release from Saint Joseph's is linked below. In the release, head coach Phil Martelli had this to say about Wilson:

"Chris and his family have embraced Saint Joseph's and the basketball program. He anxiously awaits the opportunity to enhance our program and our school. His game defines the true definition of a big guard."

Chris Wilson's Terry Sanford High School basketball team kicks off the 2010-2011 season on Tuesday night against New Hanover. Check back here throughout the season for Chris' high school results.

Chris Wilson Signs LOI with Hawks

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Papa to the Hawks

One of the more confusing Saint Joseph's recruiting situations in recent memory is that of Florida forward Papa Samba Ndao. Ndao, originally a 2010 recruit to Boston College, reopened his recruitment when Boston College fired then-coach Al Skinner. Upon reopening his recruitment, Papa visited Hawk Hill in April. Shortly thereafter, rumors began swirling that the 6'8 Ndao had committed to Phil Martelli and the Hawks. Following a summer with no definitive answers and no appearances on campus, the specifics of Papa's recruitment were left open to much speculation. Finally, today, news broke concerning Papa's college future.

According to a number of written reports, including and the Philadelphia Inquirer (both of which are linked below), Papa will be eligible to play the second semester of this year, but will likely redshirt., also linked at the end of my article, had this to say: Ndao will begin practicing with the Hawks after Christmas and will be eligible immediately, although he could redshirt the season. A 6-8, 215-pound forward from the Senegal, Ndao (pronounced NON-doe) attended scholastic power Montverde (Fla.) Academy. He had originally signed a letter of intent to attend Boston College, but was released from that commitment because of a coaching change there."

If he redshirts, he will become the second member of the Hawks' 2011 recruiting class, alongside 6'3 guard Chris Wilson. Earlier this week, I provided a link to an article stating that Wilson was scheduled to sign his National Letter of Intent this past Monday. As of now, I have not heard anything to substantiate a claim that Wilson actually signed his LOI. There has been nothing officially released through Saint Joseph's and nothing in local North Carolina newspapers.

The fact that Papa is listed at 6'8 and 215 pounds means that the Hawks will be adding some size to the frontcourt next year. While they will lose senior Idris Hilliard, they gain Papa and also 6'8 245 pound Hofstra transfer Halil Kanacevic.

Articles linked directly below:

SJU Hawks Press Release on Papa

Dick Jerardi Article

ESPN Article on Papa

Photo Courtesy of

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hawks in Happy Valley

In just under three hours, Saint Joseph's will tip off in their first road game of the young season, hoping for a better result than their home opener. On Friday, the Hawks were hammered 98-70 at home by Western Kentucky. In the loss, the Hawks started three freshmen, in Langston Galloway, CJ Aiken, and Daryus Quarles. According to there will be a slight change in the starting lineup this evening. In the place of the 6'6 Quarles, the Hawks will start 5'11 guard Justin Crosgile.

With Crosgile in the lineup, the Hawks will be very small around the perimeter. The starting lineup includes the 5'11 Tay Jones, 5'11 Justin Crosgile, 6'2 Langston Galloway, 6'7 Idris Hilliard, and 6'9 CJ Aiken.

Penn State is led by 6-foot senior guard Talor Battle, who is one of the better guards in the Big 10. He will be a handful for the Hawks to contain. The Nittany Lions are looking to improve to 2-0, after beginning the season with a 14-point home win over Lehigh.

The game airs at 7:30 tonight on

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Chris Wilson to Sign LOI Monday

The early signing period for high school seniors began on Wednesday November 10th and continues for a week until the 17th. Currently, the Hawks hold only one verbal commitment in the 2011 recruiting class, and that commitment is from 6'3 North Carolina point guard Chris Wilson.

Per the 910preps site linked below, Wilson is planning to officially ink with Saint Joseph's tomorrow, Monday the 15th. Anyone who has watched the Hawks over the past couple seasons knows that point guard is an area of need. Chris Wilson hopes to help fill that need beginning next season. Once the signing is made official tomorrow, I will update here.

910 Preps Link

Photo Courtesy of

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hawks Host Davon Reed (Updated)

Friday night's home opener against Western Kentucky was a rude awakening for both players and fans alike. For roughly 25 minutes, the game was within arm's reach for the Hawks, before a 12 point lead exploded into a 20-plus point lead. For nearly everyone in the Hagan, it was a night that they hope to soon forget. The young Hawks look to rebound on Tuesday at Penn State.

In attendance at the Hagan on Friday night, according to Alex Kline of TheRecruitScoop, was Princeton Day School sophomore Davon Reed. Schools often use their home openers to make a positive impression on recruits. For example, Villanova had 2012 star-in-the-making Savon Goodman in the house for their opener against Bucknell last night. The Hawks, in turn, hoped the vibrant energy of their home opener would make a positive impression on the sophomore.

According to Kline, Davon Reed was at the game as part of an unofficial visit to campus. He is a 6'4 shooting guard from Princeton that ESPN ranks as the number 35 player nationally in his class. While only a sophomore, it's nice to see the Hawks involved early with players of Reed's caliber.

In a recruiting update article on Zagsblog, which I have linked below, Adam Zagoria and Alex Kline write that the Hawks are close to offering Davon Reed. The fact that the staff is close to offering a current high school sophomore says a few things. I remember reading an article a few years back, and I apologize for not recalling exactly when or where, where Phil Martelli discussed Syracuse's signing of current freshman Dion Waiters. Waiters signed with Cuse going into his sophomore year of high school. In the article, Coach Martelli talked about how his signing represented the current climate of college recruiting. He had not even really gotten a chance to recruit Waiters, because at the time, he wasn't actively scouting or recruiting players at that age. Apparently the Saint Joseph's coaching staff is now. Although there are a few 2013 players who have been linked with Saint Joseph's, it sounds like Reed could be the first to receive an offer.

Zagsblog Recruiting Roundup

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hawks Pounded in Season Opener

As the seconds ticked down in the first half, and Tay Jones dribbled the ball around the perimeter, the Hawks had let a close game slip away into a 13 point Western Kentucky lead. With just a couple seconds left in the half, after Tay lost the ball, freshman CJ Aiken picked up the loose ball, hoisted a three, and connected, trimming the Western Kentucky lead to 10. Heading into halftime trailing by 10, there were plenty of reasons to be optimistic at the Hagan on Friday night. Freshman CJ Aiken put together an outstanding first half, Tay Jones was pushing the pace, and 11 players were getting minutes. There was a bit of a buzz in the air.

Fast forward an hour, and that buzz was a thing of the past. The 10 point halftime deficit ballooned up over 30 late in the second half, before the final buzzer left the Hawks 98-70 losers to Western Kentucky. The Hawks were led by Tay Jones and his 17 points. The Hawks also got 13 points and 7 rebounds from freshman guard Langston Galloway and 12 points and 5 rebounds from senior Idris Hilliard.

Statistically, the Hawks were outplayed in about every facet of the game. They were out-rebounded by 7, had 13 assists compared to Western Kentucky's 26, and shot 20 percent from 3 compared to WKU's 52 percent. Those are the ingredients to a resounding 28 point loss.

The complexion of the game changed around the 8 or 9 minute mark when the Hilltopper lead reached the mid-20's. At that point, the Hawks began to jack up 3's nearly every time down the court.

There were plenty of glimpses of the offensive potential of the team throughout the night. CJ Aiken, all 6'9 of him, canned two 3's. Tay Jones, Langston Galloway, and Justin Crosgile also showed an ability to score the ball. The glaring deficiencies for the team are on the defensive side of the ball. It will be interesting to watch the Hawks adjust their defensive approach as the season progresses.

On Tuesday night, the Hawks have their first road test at Penn State. Until then, they will lick their wounds and game-plan for their Big Ten opponent.

ESPN Box Score

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Season Less Than 24 Hours Away

Here we stand just a day away from the beginning of a much-anticipated 2010-2011 Saint Joseph's college basketball season. The men's team tips off Friday evening at 7:30 against Western Kentucky at the Hagan Arena. There is quite a bit of mystery, intrigue, and excitement surrounding this year's team.

The roster is composed of five freshmen, three sophomores, a junior, and two seniors. On the official Saint Joseph's athletics site, in the game notes for tomorrow, a list of probable starters was released. The probable starters include three of the talented freshmen, a sophomore, and a lone upperclassman. In the backcourt, sophomore Tay Jones and freshman Langston Galloway look set to start. On the wing, freshman Daryus Quarles is the probable starter, which is quite an accomplishment considering he didn't even play for his high school last year due to a New Jersey high school transfer rule. The frontcourt will be senior Idris Hilliard and freshman CJ Aiken. Galloway, although a freshman, brings with him the maturity and physical presence of an upperclassmen. Quarles and Aiken, while noticeably thinner than just about everyone they match up with this season, also possess freakish athleticism and a serious skill-set.

While this is not set in stone, it seems more likely than not that these will be your starting five tomorrow evening. While obviously a frighteningly young lineup, it also possesses athleticism that was simply not on Hawk Hill last year.

Check back Saturday for a full recap of the game, including a list of recruits in the building and other noteworthy findings.

A new era in Saint Joseph's basketball begins tomorrow night. Buckle up.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fordham Gets Big Commitment

According to ESPN and multiple other recruiting sites, Fordham picked up a verbal commitment from 6'10 New England senior Ryan Canty earlier today. Canty, a 6'10 220 pound big man from Massachusetts, apparently chose the Rams over Saint Joseph's, Rhode Island, UMass, and New Hampshire among other schools. Saint Joseph's was keeping a close eye on Canty, who is a major pick-up for the current Fordham staff.

Canty will be able to sign his Letter of Intent tomorrow, as tomorrow begins the Early Signing period for high school seniors. Players can sign their LOI's between the 10th and 17th if they want to sign early. If not, they are forced to wait until the spring.

At the moment, Saint Joseph's has only one senior slated to sign an LOI during the Early Signing period, and that player is 6'3 North Carolina guard Chris Wilson. Last season, the Hawks got signed LOI's from CJ Aiken, Daryus Quarles, and Langston Galloway during the early period, and then later received commitments from Ronald Roberts and Pat Swilling Jr.

Friday, November 5, 2010

11/4 Practice Report

Three weeks into practice, and just over a week prior to the season opener, I was able to stop by the Hagan yesterday and take in an hour of practice. I'll use this entry to post my observations for those of you that need your fix a week before the season opener at home against Western Kentucky.

All players were present for practice, and all seemed healthy. During the course of the practice, Hofstra transfer and current redshirt Halil Kanacevic took an elbow to the face and had to sit out a few minutes. Freshman Daryus Quarles also took a stray elbow to the head, forcing him to sit out a few minutes. Quarles actually took the elbow to the face and wanted to stay in, but was instructed to have someone sub in for him for the remainder of the drill.

At the beginning of practice, head coach Phil Martelli split up the team by position: points, wings, and bigs. The points were senior Charoy Bentley, sophomores Tay Jones and Justin Crosgile, and freshman Patrick Swilling Jr. The wings were freshmen Daryus Quarles, Langston Galloway, Ron Roberts, and walk-on Taylor Trevisan. Finally, the bigs were senior Idris Hilliard, junior Todd O'Brien, sophomore Carl Baptiste, Halil Kanacevic, and freshman CJ Aiken. Once split up by position, players worked on a ball-handling drill.

In a shooting drill later in practice, the team was split into two groups of 4 and a group of 5. Some observations from the drill. The team of Ron Roberts, Justin Crosgile, Pat Swilling Jr, and Todd O'Brien was really impressive. Throughout practice yesterday, I was impressed with Justin's jumper. As I've mentioned before, when Swilling is in the zone, he can be a terrific perimeter shooter. Todd is a steady hand from around 15 feet. Roberts also demonstrated an ability to knock down some jumpers. He continues to quickly improve just about every facet of his game, especially his jumper and his handle. CJ Aiken, Daryus Quarles, and Carl Baptiste also stood out in the shooting exercise.

Now for some other random observations:

CJ Aiken had a tremendous block in a fast-break drill. In that drill, he altered the possessions a number of other times because players knew that he was in the paint. His timing and athleticism are really unique and remarkable.

Carl Baptiste impressed me again. He received praise from the coaches on a couple occasions and was in position, and very vocal, on the defensive side of the ball. I'm sure that he knows that it will be a battle for minutes this year with Roberts and CJ now on the roster. He looks more than ready to fight for those minutes. His jumper was very solid.

Tay Jones and Justin Crosgile both looked very focused. As opposed to practices last year where they were often being corrected and explicitly told what to do on the court, they seemed to have a much firmer grasp this year. Both practiced very hard and both knocked down shots from 3, something they will both have to do this season to keep defenses honest.

Idris Hilliard is one of two seniors this year and seems to be taking a more vocal role this year. As I've mentioned before, after the two scrimmages, Idris looks like he spent a lot of his summer working on his perimeter shot. The work seems to be paying off, as he does seem like a legitimate shooting threat when he gets the ball almost all the way out to 3.

Langston Galloway doesn't look like a freshman. His maturity on the court is well beyond his years. He also has a very business-like approach to the game. Night in and night out, I truly feel like he is a threat to lead the team in scoring. More than any of the other freshman, he may be the most consistent this season. Not that I take the recruiting sites all that seriously, but I'm always left scratching my head wondering how there are 150 freshmen in the country better than him. Frankly, there aren't.

I already said a number of positive things about Ron Roberts, but he continues to surprise me. Having never seen him play prior to this summer, I expected the athleticism and tenacity on the boards. Although his handle isn't great, it's better than I expected. Ditto on his jumper. His ceiling is incredibly high.

Todd O'Brien, once again, is the best back-to-the-basket threat on the team. He showed off some nice moves in the post yesterday. With Idris, Carl Baptiste, Roberts, and CJ also fighting for minutes in the frontcourt, I would be shocked if Todd plays the 23 minutes per game that he did last year. That's not an indictment on him, but more a sign of how talented the freshmen are and the apparent improvement in Carl Baptiste.

Daryus Quarles continues to look like someone who will get significant minutes at the wing this year. After being ineligible to play last year after transferring back to Paulsboro from Life Center Academy, he is likely still getting fully back into game shape. Daryus again showed off a nice mid-range game yesterday in practice, and is one of the better perimeter shooters on the team. In the fast-break drill, he was also able to use his length to finish around the basket.

Pat Swilling is someone who may earn some minutes at the point this year, based on his practice yesterday. Due to his size and strength, he is able to bully his way into the paint against other guards. Once in the paint, he is able to finish himself or distribute the ball. He shot the ball well again yesterday from deep as well.

Halil will be a major factor next year when he is eligible to suit up. He will be able to plug right into the power forward spot with the graduation of Idris. While Idris, Carl Baptiste, CJ Aiken, and even Ron Roberts have a nice shooting touch out to 15 or 17 feet, Halil is purely a post player. He will excel in and around the basket when he uses his strength and deceptive athleticism to rebound and score.

Charoy earned some praise from the coaches throughout practice for doing exactly what was instructed. With Langston and Patrick on campus this year, in addition to Justin and Tay, minutes will be hard to come by for Charoy, but I can still see him being used situationally.

As for the coaches, the practice had a very positive tone. All 4 coaches were involved. The general vibe of the practice was upbeat though. It actually contrasted a little with practices over the past couple of years. There was a lot of positive feedback, praise, and constructive criticism.

This practice served as a nice glimpse into the future of the Hawks team. The coaches will likely have a different approach to this team than they did with last year's, since there are 5 freshman and all will likely see significant minutes. It will be an entertaining season with some growing pains and some flashes of brilliance.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Devin Coleman Has a List; Some Odds and Ends

One of the people that I seem to be getting a lot of my news from lately is Alex Kline of TheRecruitscoop. His site is a really good one, and although I'm not really a huge Twitter person, his twitter is tremendous ( here ).

According to Kline, 2011 Friends' Central guard Devin Coleman has a list. Coleman's recruitment is one of the more interesting ones in the area. Iowa made him a priority over the spring and summer, and he was considered an Iowa lean. Both sides then moved in a different direction. At one point, Rutgers was making a hard push for him. Since that point, Rutgers has signed 7 (yes, 7) players in the 2011 class and moved on. Saint Joseph's and Temple both had great interest in him. Since that point, the Hawks signed guard Chris Wilson and Temple signed Florida guard Will Cummings. Coleman has a list now that includes Rice, Saint Joseph's, La Salle, Delaware, Saint Bonaventure, Marshall, and Canisius. Talk about a diverse list. Devin is a tremendously talented player, and one that, this time last year, I thought would be a stretch for any A10 team. I viewed him more as a Big 10 or Big East player. Obviously things have changed. I have no inside info on the subject, but am surprised to see the Hawks still listed by Coleman, with Langston Galloway and Pat Swilling freshmen this year and Chris Wilson already signed in the 2011 class. This is a recruitment that I will try to find out more about.

With the season opener only a week away from tomorrow, I have still yet to make it over to Hawk Hill to watch a practice. That will change either today or tomorrow, so check back over the coming days for a practice report.

In other news, multiple sites, including Zagsblog and TheRecruitScoop, are reporting that former Overbrook High star Nurideen Lindsey had 48 points, 10 assists, and 5 rebounds last night. Those numbers are remarkable enough, and all the more impressive when you know that it was his first organized regular season basketball game in over two years. Lindsey is playing at Redlands (OK) Community College this year and will suit up for Steve Lavin and Saint John's next season.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Anglin Taking Visits; Nickseron to Charlotte

6'2 junior guard Dallas Anglin from New Jersey's Seton Hall Prep, took an unofficial visit to Boston University on Friday, according to Alex Kline ( here) . Anglin, who I came away from the Eddie Griffin Challenge two weeks ago very impressed with, has two more visits scheduled for the near future. He has planned unofficial visits to two A10 schools, Richmond and Saint Joseph's.

Staying in the A10, Charlotte picked up a significant recruit Saturday when they got a verbal commitment from 6'6 senior wing E. Victor Nickerson. Nickerson chose Charlotte over DePaul, Colorado, Georgia Southern, and Wichita State. He is ranked as the 133rd best player in the 2011 class according to

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Eddie Griffin Challenge Sophomores

Here we go, although I know it's a week late. Last week I provided a recap of the juniors game at the Eddie Griffin Challenge. The Philadelphia team won behind a huge effort from Amile Jefferson. Since that update, one of the other PA stars, Ryan Arcidiacono, has made his college choice. The Neshaminy guard is headed to the Big East and Villanova.

In all honesty, the sophomore game was played more competitively, and at a higher level, than the junior game. It was obvious, from the get-go, that the sophomore class in Philadelphia and New Jersey is loaded with talent. Like the junior and senior games, the sophomore game was also won by the Philadelphia team. Player summaries are below:

First, from the Philadelphia side of things.

Brandon Austin- Austin, who attends Imhotep Charter in the city, has an incredible skill set for someone his size and age. The 6'6 wing is an above-average ball-handler and can hit from the perimeter. Brandon was at his best attacking the basket, where he took advantage of his size advantage over the NJ perimeter defenders. He possesses great athleticism, and a great knack for the ball on defense, which led him to his 4 steals in the game. On the offensive side of things, he poured in 14 points for PA en route to his co-MVP honors. Like Britton Lee, the other co-MVP who is up next, Austin was at his best when the game was on the line. Austin, like everyone else written about here, is only a high school sophomore, so he has plenty of time to expand his game and bulk up. The talent is certainly there, and this is a name you will likely hearing a lot of over the coming years.

Britton Lee- Lee was one of the two Roman Catholic players on the PA team. If what he displayed in this game is any indication, he will be getting plenty of minutes for Roman this year. Although Lee checks in right around 5'10, he is lightning quick and doesn't allow his height to slow him down. He was very strong taking the ball to the basket, not shying away from contact, and allowing his strength and athleticism to aid him finishing around much taller defenders. Lee scored 11 points in the contest, most of which came down the stretch in the 4th quarter, when he and Brandon Austin took over. Depending on his growth, among other factors, it will be interesting to see how his recruitment starts to pan out over the next year or so.

Johnny Davis- Davis is a 6'4 wing guard from Neumann-Goretti. Neumann lost Tony Chenault, Tyreek Duren, and Daniel Stewart to graduation in June, so Davis looks primed to log major minutes this year. He is a strong guard with some serious size. Davis dropped 11 points in a very business-like performance. As he plays this year for Neumann against a tough schedule, it will be interesting to watch how his game develops. The tools are in place for Davis to be a major figure in Philly hoops for the next three years.

Rondae Jefferson- The younger brother of current Temple sophomore Rahlir Jefferson, Rondae looks to have an equally bright future. Rondae looks to be every bit as tall as Rahlir already, as a high school sophomore. He also possesses his brother's athleticism. Rahlir had a nice freshman year for Temple last year and will probably have an expanded role this season. Although it was just a glimpse, I think that Rondae has a great high school and college career in front of him.

Yosef Yacoub- Yacoub was a pleasant surprise. Although very thin, the guard from Archbishop Carroll was crafty with the ball. Despite a strange release, he canned three treys in the game en route to 11 points. Yosef and Juan'ya Green will team up in the backcourt for Carroll this season, giving them a solid one-two punch. Based on this one game, and a number of other things, it's hard projecting the future for Yacoub. Although not always pretty, he got it done for the Philly squad.

Karon Davis- Friends' Central already boasts an amazing one-two punch with Amile Jefferson and Devin Coleman. Karon Davis looks ready to get involved for Friends' Central this year in a major way. In a game loaded with talented guards, Davis at times looked like the best guard on the court for Philly. While Lee led the comeback and Davis played a rock-solid game, Davis had 2 or 3 outbursts in this one that really impressed.

Now from the New Jersey team:

Kavon Stewart- Stewart, all 5'8 of him, is an absolute jet on the court. Throughout the game, Stewart took the ball baseline to baseline in the blink of an eye. Despite being well under 6 feet, Stewart is still able to get above the rim and throw down, which tells you all you need to know about his athleticism. For 3 quarters, Stewart was the best guard on the court. In the fourth, Britton Lee took it to him. Stewart already has a number of high majors tracking him. He played for Paterson Catholic last year, and due to their closing, moved over to Hudson Catholic over the summer.

Reggie Cameron- Cameron, like Stewart, played at Paterson Catholic last year. Like Stewart, he too made the move to Hudson Catholic, giving them two of the best sophomores in the state. Cameron stands right around 6'5 and looks like he will grow more. He showed off what was probably the smoothest stroke in either game this contest. Reggie shoots the ball with confidence, and the confidence is justified. He recently attended Villanova's Midnight Madness and has the in-state schools looking too. The big if with Cameron will probably be his growth. He's not especially quick or athletic, so he looks to me a wing or face-up 4. His ability to shoot the ball will attract all sorts of schools. If he either grows a bit or improves his quickness, the sky is the limit for him.

Josh Brown- Brown was yet another player from Saint Anthony participating in the Eddie Griffin Challenge. While I had never heard of Brown before this game, he managed to stand out in a high-level game. He and Reggie Cameron both had 12 points for Jersey. Unlike Cameron, who scored primarily from the perimeter, Brown scored more around the basket. Standing right around 6'3, Brown is very athletic and active on the defensive side of the ball. He excelled in the up-and-down tempo of this contest. Brown did hit one deep jumper in the game, and that area of his game will likely determine his future. Brown will play in a super-talented backcourt alongside Myles Mack, Kyle Anderson, and Rashad Andrews this season. Look for him to start making a name for himself too.

Jaren Sina- I was excited to see Sina after hearing so much about him. Like Ryan Arcidiacono in the junior game and Reggie Cameron in this one, Jaren was hitting threes during warm-ups from 6 and 7 feet behind the three-point line. In addition to being a terrific shooter, Sina is also very crafty with the ball. He led the Jersey team with 7 assists in this game. Standing right around 6 foot, Sina is a combo guard that is fully capable of playing the point, especially considering his year. Like Stewart and Cameron, Sina has all sorts of schools involved already. He has already been on campus at Saint John's and Alabama, with plenty of other schools also looking to get involved.

Shacore Edwards (pictured above)- Shacore was another of the outstanding guards for New Jersey. The 6'4 guard from Irvington is ranked the 26th player nationally in his class by ESPN. Yes, ESPN does rank the 2013 class already. Irvington is a tough city, and Edwards truly embodies that spirit. On multiple occasions in this one, he lowered his shoulders and simply muscled his way to the rim. Edwards also drained a 3, in addition to the points he scored in attack mode. Rutgers, LSU, Arizona, West Virginia, Pitt, and Penn State are among the schools that have already begun recruiting Edwards, who claims that his dream school is West Virginia.

Austin Colbert and Jason Boswell were probably the two biggest names for NJ in this one, but neither produced much. You can see why schools have fallen in love with both, but neither really got into a groove for NJ. If they had, the result may have been different. That being said, it wouldn't surprise me to see Colbert playing in the McDonald's game a few years down the line.

Picture of Shacore Edwards is from

Monday, October 25, 2010

Arcidiacono to Nova; Xavier Signs Two

While the junior class in Philadelphia is not especially deep, it is full of star-power at the top. Daniel Ochefu, Amile Jefferson, Savon Goodman, and Ryan Arcidiacono are all consensus top 50-75 players nationally in their class. This afternoon, Ryan Arcidiacono became the first to make his college decision. Ryan, a 6'3 guard from Neshaminy (PA) gave a verbal commitment to Villanova today, following his weekend visit to Nova for their Midnight Madness. Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog has a great piece on Ryan's commitment here .

Now switching over from the Big East to the A10, Xavier had a huge recruiting weekend as well. They picked up a verbal commitment in the 2011 class from 6'10 center Michael Chandler. Chandler is a top 75 player who was being recruited by Indiana, UConn, and Providence among others. Chandler's commitment came shortly after 2012 point guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera issued up his verbal commitment. Smith-Rivera is a 6'3 point guard. Both Smith-Rivera and Chandler are from Indiana and were on visits to campus for Xavier's Midnight Madness this weekend.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Eddie Griffin Challenge- Philly Juniors

On Wednesday, Hawk Hill Hardwood examined the individual games of a number of players involved in the Eddie Griffin Challenge Juniors Game, on the Jersey side of things. Now it's time to look at the winning team, the Philadelphia juniors. Specifically we will look at Amile Jefferson and Ryan Arcidiacono.

Both Amile Jefferson and Ryan Arcidiacono are players that Saint Joseph's was involved with at a very early stage of the game. Amile, who plays for Friends' Central, participated in the Saint Joseph's Elite Camp on campus two summers ago, prior to his sophomore year of high school. Since that point, he has developed into one of the most highly coveted forwards in the country. He recently attended Duke's version of Midnight Madness, where they revealed their 2010 National Championship banner. Amile is also being recruited heavily by Georgetown, Villanova, and a plethora of other big-name programs. Amile stands right around 6'7 and is labeled by most as a combo forward at this point of his development. During the second half of Sunday's game, Amile showed why he is so well-regarded in recruiting circles. He finished with 23 points and 8 boards, the majority of both coming in the second half. Amile is still being recruited by many schools on potential, and you see these brilliant flashes. In the second half, from the left side of the bucket, he spun his man baseline and went around strong for a reverse lay-up. He showed a number of solid post moves on Sunday, and those moves will only improve as he continues to bulk up. Amile also hit a shot from three, another area of his game that continues to improve. He plays the game hard, plays it the right way, and has a special skill set.

While I had seen Amile play a number of times, this was my first time seeing 6'3 Neshaminy point guard Ryan Arcidiacono. Ryan has an offer from the Hawks, as well as offers from Temple, Villanova, Rutgers, Florida, Notre Dame, Boston College, and Georgetown. After absolutely exploding on the scene over the summer with his strong play, it seems as if a new high-major is getting involved with Ryan every day. In fact, Ryan returned from his visit to Florida's Midnight Madness the night before the Eddie Griffin Challenge. The Gators are one of many schools that have made Ryan top priority at the guard spot. He also, like Amile Jefferson, Kyle Anderson, Savon Goodman, Nick Faust, and more, attended Villanova's Midnight Madness last night. Ryan is a strong lead guard. He showed off his toughness driving into the lane on Sunday against bigger defenders time after time, unintimidated, almost seeking out, contact. I knew about his ball-handling skills and tenacity taking the ball to the hoop, but what most impressed me about Ryan's game Sunday was his perimeter shooting. His range easily extends 5 or 6 feet outside the three-point line. Although he was not entirely on his game, probably due to the Florida visit, Ryan still played a terrific game, finishing with 11 points, 7 boards, and at least 3 assists.

While neither Ryan or Amile are likely to suit up for the Hawks in 2012, they are still exciting players to watch. In addition to their tremendous basketball ability, both have a great desire to win and seem like stand-up individuals. Hawk Hill Hardwood will continue to track them this year in both their seasons and their recruitment.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Eddie Griffin Challenge- New Jersey Juniors

As promised, over the next couple of days, I will break down some of what I saw Sunday at Trenton Catholic during the Eddie Griffin Challenge. Yesterday, I posted an article about Seton Hall Prep's Dallas Anglin, who currently holds an offer from Saint Joseph's. Today, we will look at the individual games of a number of other New Jersey juniors. Tomorrow, we will look at the PA side, and then on Friday we will look at the sophomore game.

Jersey City's Saint Anthony High School has a reputation as one of the best high school basketball programs in the country, and for good reason. Coach Bob Hurley is one of the best there is at any level. The New Jersey juniors team featured three Saint Anthony players: Kyle Anderson, Jerome Frink, and Rashad Andrews. I watched those three, Dallas Anglin, Tariq Carey, and Brandon Taylor most closely, and their write-ups are below.

Kyle Anderson- Anderson, who attended Paterson Catholic prior to it's closing at the end of last year, is a newcomer this season to Saint Anthony. He will only bring one of the most well-rounded games in the country to Coach Hurley. Standing 6'8, Anderson is ranked the number 1 point guard in the country by Yes, point guard. While he may not play strictly the point in college, and eventually in the NBA, Anderson possesses a great feel for the game and great ball-handling for a player his size. He is a triple-double threat every time out there, and he was close to one on Sunday. Anderson is able to shoot over smaller perimeter defenders, post up other guards, and create for his teammates with his tremendous court awareness. If there is one word to describe Anderson's game, it is smooth. Nothing ever looks forced. Nothing ever looks awkward. The one knock on Anderson by scouts is his lack of great foot-speed. While not the most fleet-footed player on the court, he more than makes up for his lack of explosive foot-speed with his size, length, and ball-handling. One particular play in the second half of Sunday's game saw Anderson grab an offensive rebound under the basket, with his back to the basket. Knowing that another NJ junior was behind him on the other side of the basket, Anderson calmly threw the ball backwards, over his head, to his teammate. He is a unique talent.

Dallas Anglin -see yesterday's article here .

Jerome Frink (pictured above)- Frink, a 6'5 forward from Hurley's Saint Anthony program, was one of the most enjoyable players to watch on Sunday. While not the biggest player on the court or necessarily the most talented, Frink has a blue-collar approach to the game that makes him extremely likable. Right now, Frink is probably considered an undersized power forward if you need to put a label on him. Although on the smaller side for a power forward, Frink has a very wide build with broad shoulders, making him difficult to move around the hoop. He finished the game with 17 points and roughly 7 or 8 rebounds. Most of his points came on dunks, putbacks, or free throws. Down the stretch, when New Jersey made their comeback, Frink was money from the free-throw line. He would pull down offensive board after offensive board, getting fouled going back up. Jerome also had one of the highlight-reel plays of the day. On a fast break, Frink crossed his man over and then took off from deeper than he should have. His dunk shook the rim and backboard violently, causing the gym to explode in hoots and hollers. I have no idea if Frink is being looked at by the Hawks, or what schools are looking at him. He is a player that I thoroughly enjoyed watching Sunday and a player to keep an eye on, especially under the coaching of Bob Hurley. If Frink either grows or develops a bit more of a perimeter game over the next two years, he could be a very good college player.

Brandon Taylor- Taylor was the lone player in the junior game from Trenton Catholic. The 6'6 forward had a decent game for the New Jersey team. He was able to hit a shot from 3 and score twice around the basket. Although skilled, Taylor did not display the killer instinct or tenacity of Frink or Amile Jefferson on the Pennsylvania side.

Rashad Andrews- Another Saint Anthony player, the 6'4 wing had himself a decent afternoon. He scored 5 points for Jersey. Andrews projects as either a 2 guard or small forward down the line. He is long and athletic, and appeared to be an above-average defender. The physical tools are there, and with Hurley's coaching, Andrews could develop into a solid college prospect.

Tariq Carey- I was interested in seeing Carey play, since he is a name I have heard quite a bit of over the past year. Carey, a 6'2 guard from Newark, has garnered a decent amount of Big East interest over the past year, and seems to have his eyes set on a conference like the Big East or ACC. In my opinion, both Carey and Dallas Anglin were the best New Jersey guards Sunday after Kyle Anderson. Carey is very quick and strong with the ball. Due to his size, colleges probably want to see him develop into more of a pure point guard to play at the Big East or ACC level. His perimeter shot struggled a bit in this game, but he still managed to score 8 points. I can see why high-majors are keeping an eye on Carey.

Check back tomorrow for the PA side.

Picture of Jerome Frink is from here

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dallas Anglin with SJU Offer

On Sunday afternoon, at the Eddie Griffin Challenge, one of the players that stood out to me was Seton Hall Prep junior guard Dallas Anglin. It turns out that the Saint Joseph's coaching staff has had an eye on the 6'2 guard as well. According to Alex Kline's Twitter ( here ) Anglin currently holds offers from Saint Joseph's, Boston, Rice, and George Washington. After watching Anglin on Sunday, I will be shocked if that list doesn't expand, and quickly, this season.

Anglin played last season at Saint Peter's Prep. In fact, he was listed in the roster on Sunday as attending at Saint Peter's. During the summer, he transferred into Seton Hall Prep. From one prep to another. There is a connection there between Anglin and Saint Joseph's, and that connection is current SJU freshman Ronald Roberts. Roberts and Anglin were teammates last year at Saint Peter's Prep.

On Sunday, Anglin poured in 12 points for the New Jersey juniors, and threw in a couple steals, a couple assists, and a rebound. Anglin is considered a combo guard, but demonstrated on Sunday some solid point guard abilities. Playing alongside a number of talented guards, including superstar-in-the-making Kyle Anderson, Anglin showed that he has a bright future as well. Anglin electrified the crowd on at least three separate occasions with high-flying dunks. Although listed at 6'2, Anglin showed that he likes to play well above the rim, and is more than capable of doing so. It was at the rim, and driving to the rim, that Anglin impressed the most. With a solid handle and good court vision, Anglin has a bright future ahead of him. He is just one name from Sunday worth mentioning. Check back tomorrow for more.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dave Telep on the Eddie Griffin Challenge

Yesterday I was able to attend the 8th annual Eddie Griffin Challenge at Trenton Catholic High School in New Jersey. The event ran smoothly, and during my time there for the sophomore and junior games, I saw a number of big-name players live up to their billing and some under-the-radar guys maybe start to make names for themselves.

Over the coming day or two, I will have full recaps and write-ups on the sophomore and junior games. In the meantime, here is a link to an article written by a talent-evaluator much better than myself. Dave Telep, who just switched over from to ESPN is one of the best there is. His recap of the game is linked below and well worth reading.

Dave Telep Article

Friday, October 15, 2010

Start of Practice; Eddie Griffin Sunday

For fans of college basketball, the very mention of the date October 15th is like music to the ears. It is the very first day of the college basketball season, as practice are allowed to begin. While players have been able to work out and meet with coaches according to NCAA regulations, today is the first day of practice across the country. For the Hawks, the season's first practice comes at 10:30 tomorrow morning at the Hagan. The Hawks begin the season with seniors Idris Hilliard and Charoy Bentley as senior co-captains, according to the link below. The season opener is also the home opener, a November 12th date with Western Kentucky.

SJU Hawks

Just up 95 from Hawk Hill, many of the best high school players in the area will be meeting to participate in the 8th annual Eddie Griffin Challenge. The event, taking place at Trenton Catholic High School, begins at 3 with the sophomore game, continues at 4:30 with the junior game, and peaks at 6 with the senior game. While the big-name attractions are in the senior game (Michael Gilchrist and LaQuinton Ross to name two), there are a number of talented juniors and sophomores as well. Some of those participating are names that Hawk fans will become familiar with over the coming year. I will be on hand Sunday, providing a recap next week on the games, and especially the names of interest for Hawk fans.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

No Midnight Madness; Eddie Griffin Challenge Rosters

Over the next two weeks, colleges across the country are welcoming recruits and fans on campus for their Midnight Madness festivities. It is a chance to host recruits and a chance for fans to get a first look at their team. According to Alex Kline (, Saint Joseph's will not be having Midnight Madness this year. Opening practice is still this Friday, the 15th.

Adam Zagoria posted the complete New Jersey and Pennsylvania rosters for Sunday's Eddie Griffin Challenge. Check out the roster here. The New Jersey seniors and Pennsylvania juniors teams are especially loaded. I will be on hand Sunday to report on the games.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Pickup Game Observations Part Two

Better late than never, here are my observations from the second scrimmage at SJU that I was able to catch.

This scrimmage took place in the practice gym, as the Philadelphia 76'ers were holding practice in the Hagan. The number of Range Rovers in the parking lot gave away the fact that the Sixers were practicing before I even made it into the gym.

The players participating in this informal pick-up game was significantly different than the last one. Daryus Quarles, CJ Aiken, Langston Galloway, and Carl Baptiste were all missing. Justin Crosgile and Halil Kanicevic, however, were here this time. Also playing were former Hawks Tasheed Carr and Garrett Williamson.

Due to numbers, this pick-up game went 4-on-4, with a guard (Justin Crosgile, Tay Jones, and Pat Swilling)subbing in and out for one another. Since teams switched around on a few occasions, I will limit this post to only my random observations.

The standout player to me on this day was Pat Swilling Jr. When I first saw him in a Summer League game, I didn't really know what to expect except a strong guard capable of scoring the ball and playing physical defense. While Patrick is both of those things, he also possesses a much better perimeter shot than I expected. In this game, he drilled 4 shots from three in a quick offensive outburst. In addition to this surprisingly effecient shooting display, he was also able to drive and either score or create for teammates. Between Swilling, Quarles, and Langston Galloway, the Hawks look like they should be a better three-point shooting team than last year, despite the graduation of Darrin Govens.

While Swilling stood out most to me, I was extremely impressed with the play of Hofstra transfer Halil Kanacevic as well. First of all, like the freshman guards, Halil is already built like an upperclassman. Although he didn't appear to be quite the 6'8 he is listed at, he did appear every bit the 240 pounds. Strong in the upper and lower body, Halil showed an ability to move his weight around in the post. In addition to his rebounding ability, which he displayed, I was most impressed with Halil's passing ability. Passing the ball out of the high post to cutters multiple times and kicking the ball out from the low post, Halil showed great court awareness and vision. He also finished around the bucket on several dunks. His most impressive bucket came on a pretty 8-foot turnaround jumper with his left (off) hand. Although he gave up a solid 3 inches or so to Todd O'Brien, for the most part Halil was able to play him straight up. O'Brien did score on him with some strong post moves, Halil showed that he has the strength to play against players taller than him.

Since this was 4-on-4, the players didn't have the legs they did in the last scrimmage. The games weren't nearly as up-tempo which limited opportunities to run for Ron Roberts and some of the others. Roberts still showed tenacity on the glass, pulling down a number of rebounds in heavy traffic. Tay Jones played very well this day too, a significant difference from the last time I saw him. He played under control, looked to be a distributor instead of trying to score every time down the court, and made really smart decisions with the ball. He actually looked like a point guard. As I mentioned last time, Tay's first step is just so quick. He had a tough time getting past Swilling on a few occasions, but still showed that explosiveness that allows him to get to the basket with ease. I was really impressed with what I saw out of Tay this day.

Justin Crosgile wasn't at the last scrimmage, so this was the first time I saw him since last season. Although overshadowed by Swilling and Tay, he still made some nice plays. His being overshadowed had more to do with how well the other two played. Justin hit a contested three and was able to push the tempo a few times, running primarily with Rasheed Carr. Speaking of Carr, he looked really good here, as did Garrett. Last time, I mentioned Idris' expanded perimeter game. That was on display again today. He pulled up, and hit, a three in transition. Idris also knocked down 2 or 3 shots from 15-17 feet in the halfcourt set.

Practice officially begins next Friday, October 15th. I should be on hand to provide a recap.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pickup Game Observations

Over the past several weeks, I was fortunate enough to, on two occasions, catch the 2010-2011 Saint Joseph's team playing informal pickup games. While practice for all college teams doesn't begin until October 15th, players are able to play scrimmage amongst themselves at any point. The first scrimmage that I saw was about three weeks ago, and the second scrimmage was last week. I will recap the first scrimmage today and the second tomorrow.

Scrimmage One

This is now a few weeks back, so some details on the scrimmage are a bit fuzzy, but I'll try my best. Teams were split up as follows: Langston Galloway, Pat Swilling Jr., Daryus Quarles, Idris Hilliard, and Carl Baptiste on team one. Then Tay Jones, Charoy Bentley, Ron Roberts, CJ Aiken, and Todd O'Brien on team two.

First, the freshman. In his particular game, two freshman stood out to me above the rest. Daryus Quarles is a player that I saw quite a bit when he was a junior at Life Center Academy. Quarles has always had serious athleticism, and really solid form on his jumpshot. Over the course of this scrimmage, Quarles knocked down a wide array of perimeter shots. On more than one occasion, he pulled up a foot or two behind the three-point line and canned it in rhythm. Daryus also took his man off the dribble and hit at least 3 pull-up jumpers from the free-throw line area. In all, it was an impressive shooting display from Quarles. Another observation about Quarles worth mentioning is his extremely competitive nature. Over the summer, and again today, you can tell by watching how much he simply hates to lose.

The other freshman that stood out was Ron Roberts. First of all, I was impressed with his size. Listed anywhere from 6'5 to 6'7 on various websites, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Roberts stands (at least as far as I could tell) a fairly legitimate 6'7. In addition, he (like Quarles and Aiken) has incredible length, which will be an asset on the defensive end this year. Roberts uses his size and freakish athleticism on both ends of the court, and demonstrated that today. He was able to soar for rebounds, which he often grabbed and ran with. I was surprised at how frequently, and with decent success, Roberts pushed the ball upcourt himself. While he may be more of a power forward at this stage of the game still, Ron showed that he can put the ball on the court and take it to the bucket. The standout play of the afternoon was an alley-oop that he received on a 2-on-1 break courtesy of Charoy Bentley. On the dunk, Ron elevated to where his eyes were nearly parallel to the rim before throwing it down with authority. This was just one of several powerful dunks that Ron threw down. He also knocked down 2 or 3 jumpers from the free throw line extended.

Other observations from this game, more on an individual basis than team basis to the nature of pick-up games.

Carl Baptiste showed some assertiveness on the offensive end. He was the recipient of a few nice dimes from Pat Swilling and Langston Galloway that were converted into dunks. Carl also hit a jumper or two from the baseline. Speaking of Swilling and Galloway, both played the type of game that Hawk fans will quickly come to know and love. While neither are, as of now, point guards, both freshmen can handle the ball. Both are also able to get into the lane with relative ease, either scoring themselves or distributing the ball to the open man. Both, physically, look more like college seniors than freshmen, and they use their strength on the boards and on the defensive end. Langston and Pat both hit some shots from three. In the next scrimmage recap, I will touch upon this subject again.

While he was fairly quiet in the scrimmage, CJ Aiken still had three or four plays that made your jaw drop to the floor. He and Roberts both possess athleticism in the frontcourt that hasn't been seen at SJU in quite some time. Todd O'Brien looks like he put on some muscle since last season. As athletic as CJ and Ron are in the frontcourt, Todd is that fundamental. While Todd didn't do anything to wow you in this game, he showed some nice moves in the post. Todd, Idris, and Carl have competition for minutes with Ron and CJ joining the mix this year. This should do nothing but help the team.

Speaking of Idris, he showed some really positive improvements in this game. For the past three years, Idris has been a rock solid, undersized power forward for the Hawks. In this game, Idris showed range on his jumper, hitting a number of shots from out near the three-point line. This could be an interesting development for the Hawks this year. If Idris is able to play a bit more on the perimeter, it would allow the Hawks to possibly throw Idris out there at the 3, Roberts or Aiken at the 4, and Baptiste or O'Brien at the 5. Just a thought I had during the scrimmage.

This was not one of Tay's better performances, and he jacked up shot after shot after shot for his team. Seeing him play for the first time in quite a while, I had forgotten how quick his first step was however. Again, this was not an impressive performance from Tay. In the next scrimmage summary, you will get a much more glowing review of Tay though. If Tay is able to play like he did in that second scrimmage, playing the role of facilitator and scorer, he will be a major contributor this season.

While practice is not set to start for ten more days, the players are able to work out on their own in the meantime. I was just fortunate enough to catch them on two separate occasions. The next recap will be up here tomorrow.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

8th Annual Eddie Griffin Challenge

Over the past couple of days, Jay Gomes of has released some preliminary details about the 8th annual Eddie Griffin Challenge. The event pits the best players in Philadelphia against New Jersey's finest. This year's event will take place on October 17th at Trenton Catholic, with the senior game at 6:00 pm, the junior game at 4:30, and the sophomore game at 3:00. I will be on hand for the event and will provide recaps of each game over the course of the following week.

So far, Jay Gomes has released a list of players in the junior and senior games for the New Jersey side. Looking at the list of names just reinforces the notion that New Jersey, year in and year out, has a talent pool as deep as just about anywhere else in the nation. Mike Gilchrist (Kentucky commit), LaQuinton Ross (Ohio State commit), Sterling Gibbs (Maryland commit), Myles Mack (Rutgers commit), Tyler Harris, and Desmond Hubert are among the stars on the New Jersey senior team.

The New Jersey junior team is led by top 10 talent Kyle Anderson, a 6'8 do-it-all player being recruited by just about every program in the country. Trenton Catholic forward Brandon Taylor, 6'2 Newark Eastside guard Tariq Carey, 6'4 Saint Anthony guard Rashad Andrews, and 6'2 Seton Hall Prep guard Dallas Anglin will take to the court for the New Jersey side.

As more information becomes available concerning the Philadelphia roster, I will update here.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Evan Cummins Taking Visits

In early August, I wrote about a new name on the recruiting front for the Hawks: Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) junior Evan Cummins. Cummins, a 6'8 forward, impressed the Saint Joseph's coaching staff enough over the summer that they extended an offer his way. Over the past couple of days, Evan has taken in two college campuses.

On Saturday, Cummins was in South Bend for the Notre Dame-Stanford football game. Today, Evan is on an unofficial visit to Northwestern University.

Northfield Mount Hermon coach John Carroll informed me last week that Evan still has an offer on the table from the Hawks. He also added that the SJU coaching staff was in contact with him prior to the open period, reiterating their interest in his star junior.

Evan's name is one to continue to keep an eye on in the coming months.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Horne Likes the Hawks

The 2012 recruiting class in the Philadelphia area is one of the strongest in recent memory, with players like Amile Jefferson, Savon Goodman, Daniel Ochefu, and Ryan Arcidiacono all picking up acclaim and offers left and right. While these four players, consensus top 50 players nationally, have spent all summer in the spotlight, other local players are trying to make a name for themselves as well. One of those players is 6'4 Life Center Academy wing Andre Horne.

Andre began his high school career at Philadelphia's Roman Catholic before transferring to Hodgson's Tech in Delaware for his sophomore season. This year, Horne will be at Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey, joining a tremendously talented team featuring stud senior guard John Johnson, a Pitt commit, and star wing LaQuinton Ross, a 2011 Ohio State commit. If Life Center Academy sounds familiar to Hawk fans, it's probably because current SJU freshman Daryus Quarles spent his junior year there.

In the interview with Premo Hoops linked below, Andre Horne talks about his game and the recruiting process. When asked to list his favorites at this point in time, he goes with Pitt, Florida, SJU, and Virginia Tech.

Stay tuned over the coming week as I continue to look at Horne and a couple other new names in the 2012 recruiting class.

Premo Hoops- Andre Horne

Friday, September 17, 2010

Juan'ya Green to Niagara

A few months back, I decided to take an in-depth look at a number of 2011 recruits that Saint Joseph's appeared to be actively recruiting. Since then, Aaron Brown has popped to West Virginia, Andrew Nicholas to Monmouth, and Chris Wilson to Saint Joseph's. The latest name to come off the board is Archbishop Carroll's 6'3 guard Juan'ya Green. On Thursday, the talented guard gave a verbal commitment to Joe Mihalich and the Niagara Purple Eagles.

Green chose Niagara after cutting his list down to four schools, according to Chris Vito of the Delco Times (link here). Those four schools were Boston University, Temple, George Mason, and Niagara. Early on in the recruiting process, he had significant interest from schools like Villanova and Maryland. While his stock has slipped a bit, Green is a tremendous pick-up for Niagara. He has size at the point guard position, is a solid decision-maker, and sees the court very well. In addition, Green is very heady with the ball, rarely turning it over and constantly getting his teammates involved.

The Hawks are one of the schools that recruited Green fairly heavily over the past year. He will instead be headed to New York, and pairing up in the backcourt with fellow 2011 Philadelphia guard commit Ameen Tanksley. An article on their relationship, and the impact that made on the decision, from the Daily New is linked below.

Green and Tanksley to Niagara

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Jefferson and Goodman Host the Blue Devils

Two of the top forwards nationally in the junior class happen to be from Philadelphia. 6'7 combo forward Amile Jefferson attends Friends' Central and 6'6 small forward Savon Goodman attends Academy of the New Church. Both players hosted the reigning national champion Duke Blue Devils today. Today, September 9th, happens to mark the first day of the open contact period. During this period, players typically schedule in-home visits, like the ones that both Amile and Savon have today with Duke.

Monday, September 6, 2010

A Year Later

On this Labor Day, I figured I'd take a minute to thank everyone that has visited the site over the past year. The very first entry on this site was now just over a year ago, and in that year, Hawk Hill Hardwood had over 40,000 hits. For a site that primarily deals only with Saint Joseph's hoops, that's pretty impressive. So thanks to everyone that has visited over the past year. While the Hawks struggled last year on the court, better times seem to be just ahead.

In the year since I started this site, quite a bit has happened, and I have been fortunate enough to get to speak with a number of coaches, players, and parents.

Thanks to Langston Galloway's coach, Carlo Maggio for talking to the site about his star guard, and current SJU freshmen. The same thanks go out to Daryus Quarles' Paulsboro coach Byron Dixon, Pat Swilling Jr's coach Scott Thompson, and Ronald Roberts' Saint Peter's Prep coach Mike Kelly. Mike Kelly continually updated me, and therefore all readers, about Roberts' recruitment throughout last season.

On the player front, I got a chance to speak with freshman guard Langston Galloway, and his father Larry, after he signed his LOI with the Hawks back in November. After his son's spring commitment to the Hawks, I also got to interview former NFL star Pat Swilling Sr. for the site.

It has been a extraordinarily interesting year off the court for the Hawks. Chris Wilson, who spent this weekend on campus for his official visit, is currently the lone member of the 2011 recruiting class for the Hawks, joining Hofstra transfer Halil Kanacevic. The Hawks are likely to continue to recruit that class, as well as moving forward into the 2012 class.

Thanks to everyone who has visited the site over the past year. Please continue stopping by, as hopefully this is just the beginning for the site.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Chris Wilson Visiting Hawk Hill; Local Schools Have Visitors

Almost exactly a month after becoming Saint Joseph's first verbal commitment in the 2011 class, North Carolina point guard Chris Wilson will make his first visit to Hawk Hill. According to, Wilson will be on campus this weekend, September 4th and 5th. It surprised a number of people to learn that Wilson signed with the Hawks without ever setting foot on campus. This weekend, he will get a chance to do so, and do so on an official visit. The 6'3 point guard is currently the lone member of the 2011 SJU recruiting class. Will others follow? At the moment, everything is quiet, and that is probably to be expected after the significant 2010 class the Hawks reeled in.

Temple is getting an official visit today from 6'8 senior power forward TaShawn Thomas, out of Texas. According to Eric Bossi's twitter (here) Thomas is at Temple today and will be taking an official over the weekend to Houston.

Over on the Main Line, Villanova is getting an unofficial visit today from Christ the King (NY) junior guard Omar Calhoun. According to Adam Zagoria's twitter (here) the star junior guard is at Nova today after visiting Seton Hall yesterday.

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of this site. I'll have some new, and hopefully interesting, stuff up then.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Arcidiacono Picks Up Nova Offer

Over the weekend, Neshaminy junior guard Ryan Arcidiacono picked up yet another offer. This one came from Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats. According to, Ryan was extended the offer during an unofficial visit to the campus over the weekend. Arcidiacono shot up the rankings this summer with tremendous play on the AAU Circuit, beginning at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. With offers from Florida, Villanova, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Temple, Saint Joseph's, and a plethora of others, Ryan will likely see his stock continue to rise this season at Neshaminy.

Yesterday, released their top 150 rankings for the 2012 class, and Ryan checks in at number 45. He is one of many Philadelphia-area ballers on the list. Daniel Ochefu, Amile Jefferson, and Savon Goodman all also earn spots in the top 40 nationally. It will be interesting to see if any of those four big names stay local in 2012. Temple, Villanova, and Saint Joseph's are all involved with at least one of the players, to varying degrees.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

La Salle, Richmond Pick Up Players

In the past couple of days, two A10 schools picked up verbal commitments from 2011 recruits.

La Salle got a verbal from 6'11 Red Land (PA) senior Steve Zack on Thursday night. According to the linked article below, Zack picked La Salle over George Mason, Cornell, Penn and Bucknell. In the article, Zack makes an interesting comment about his high school teammate, junior Mike Zangari. Zack says, "He's actually getting looked at heavily by St. Joseph's, so me and him playing against each other at the Palestra, that would be something else." The article, by Michael Bullock of The Patriot News, is linked below.

La Salle isn't the only A10 schools to score a commitment over the weekend. 5'8 point guard Kendall Anthony committed to Richmond while on an official visit this weekend. Colgate and Witchita State were among the other schools looking at the small point guard. Despite his size, Anthony is a well-regarded floor general and a solid pickup for Richmond.

Steve Zack to La Salle

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pay Up or Shut Up

This post has nothing at all to do with basketball, but everything to do with running and operating a blog. In an article on today, they discuss a tax for bloggers in the city of Philadelphia. In addition to city wage tax and other taxes on profit, the city wants to tax city bloggers $300 for "the privilege of writing on the Internet." It doesn't matter if you make a few dollars (like 3 or 4 or 5) a month like I do. The city wants their cut. With all the problems this city has, stuff like this really makes you wonder.

Check out the link below. I don't even know what else to say...

Pay Up or Shut Up: Bloggers Charged $300 for Their Thoughts

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

August 18th Odds and Ends

-News broke yesterday, the 17th, that Saint Joseph's incoming freshman CJ Aiken got the OK from the NCAA Clearinghouse, and will be able to suit up this year for the Hawks. Aiken is generally considered the "prize recruit" in the 2010 recruiting haul for the Hawks. Over the past several months, a number of people, primarily fans of rival schools, have questioned whether Aiken would be eligible to play this coming season. Those questions have now been answered, and Aiken will bring his athleticism (on display in this video) to SJU this year.

-Last week, I wrote about rising Indiana junior Michael Ramey. Ramey is scheduled to take an unofficial visit to Saint Joseph's, but no date has been set. I was able to find out some more about Ramey yesterday from Indianapolis Star sports reporter Kyle Neddenriep. Although Kyle was uncertain as to when Michael Ramey would make his unofficial visits to SJU, Wyoming, and William and Mary, he said that he was told that Ramey's college decision could come before his upcoming basketball season began. As for his game, Neddenriep said that Ramey's "range is unlimited" and "he can shoot from anywhere." In addition to his perimeter game, Neddenriep also noted that he demonstrated an improved mid-range game this summer. He also told me that Ramey is more athletic than he is given credit for, but needs some work in becoming a better defensive player.

-ESPN released their Atlantic 10 Summer Shootaround today. Clicking here will take you to the homepage. In their team capsule on the Hawks, the folks at ESPN had this to say:

Saint Joseph's: First the bad news for the Hawks: Leading scorers Darrin Govens and Garrett Williamson have graduated. Now the good news: C.J. Aiken, Daryus Quarles and Langston Galloway (who looked at LSU, Stanford and Oklahoma State before joining his uncle, Saint Joe's assistant coach Geoff Arnold) are on campus. The freshman trio forms one of the best recruiting classes Phil Martelli has had in years and ought to help the Hawks get out of their sub-.500 blues.

In their segment on best and worst case scenarios, they had this to say:

Best case: It all depends on the incoming class. C.J. Aiken, Daryus Quarles and Langston Galloway make up the best class Phil Martelli has had since, well, you know. If all three live up to their hype, St. Joe's could vastly improve on its recent slide into 20-loss territory.

Worst case: The incoming class takes a year to congeal (as so many do), and the talented youngsters aren't good enough to make up for the loss of leading scorers Darrin Govens and Garrett Williamson. Either way, St. Joe's should improve, but if this worst case plays out, that improvement won't have anyone recalling the 2003-04 Elite Eight run anytime soon.

Not the most insightful or detailed breakdown, but it's nice to hear what the national media has to say about the Hawks. One glaring flaw in their analysis is the mention of the Hawks tremendous three-player recruiting class. If it was a three-man class, it would be a very good one. ESPN forgot to mention two incoming freshmen, Ronald Roberts and Pat Swilling Jr. To be fair, both players did sign with SJU late in the recruiting process. Still, both will be major contributors on Hawk Hill from day one, and certainly deserve a mention.