St. Joe's Taps Into Junior Class

Phil Martelli's St. Joseph's Hawks lured a New Jersey native to Philly. Over the weekend, a small forward gave the Hawks good news in the Class of 2010.

Phil Martelli made his first recruiting withdrawal the bank of 2010 prospects. Over the weekend, the lengthy Darius Quarles verballed to the St. Joseph's Hawks.

"St. Joe's been involved with him since ninth grade," Burlington (N.J.) Life Center coach Wilson Arroyo said. "(Assistant) Mark Bass watched him during AAU season and started recruiting him back then. He's always had a high respect for Phil Martelli, especially the year Delonte and Jameer went to the NBA. I think he respects the A-10 a lot and the programs in the conference. He didn't mind choosing a mid-major over a high major."

Quarles, a 6-foot-6 small forward, fielded interest from Syracuse, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

The Hawks moved swiftly and for their troubles own a pledge from a big wing with a future at the small forward slot.

"I believe they're going to play him as a wing player and that's what he's looking to do. He doesn't want to play in the post. He's probably going to play at the wing."

Quarles averages 16 points and eight rebounds for Life Center.

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