Govens Headed To Atlantic 10

Chester High has been good to the St. Joe's Hawks ala Jameer Nelson. Now, the school has produced another point guard headed to play under Phil Martelli.

On Thursday afternoon, the St. Joseph's Hawks received a significant commitment from one of the top 2006 point guards on the East Coast. Darrin Govens, a 6-foot-1 point guard out of nearby Chester High, made it official for the Hawks.

Govens, who averaged 13 points, 6 assists, 3 steals and 4 rebounds as a junior for Chester High, said once he realized where he wanted to go he put the wheels in motion for a commitment.

"Actually, I was thinking last night and I fell into it," Govens said. "I figured that's where I wanted to go and there's no use of waiting. I made some phone calls and my coach got everything set up."

St. Joe's pursued him with the most intensity and he was receiving varying degrees of interest from Wisconsin, Florida State and Wake Forest, to name a few of the schools.

Govens isn't the first Chester High point to pick the Hawks. You might remember a famous alum by the name of Jameer Nelson (a first round draft pick in 2004) who once starred at Chester before carving out an impressive career at St. Joseph's.

Govens said he asked Nelson a few questions about the school and campus but Nelson didn't play a huge role in his decision. "Not as much as people think," Govens said. "I really like Coach Phil and the way he coaches. He's a teacher, not just a coach. That made my decision. I think that because of the coach's and the team's success, not just [Nelson's] success, made it easier. That was a good reason why I chose St. Joe's."

Govens has made strides with his game. He's quick and crafty and has some of that Philadelphia toughness in his game.

"I bring a lot of heart and intensity. I want to help make my teammates better and play hard. I bring all I can."

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