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.
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