Look Inside the Scout Top 100 of 2013

Earlier today, Scout released their latest Top 100 of 2013 list. Among the hundred players are ten playing their high school ball in either Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Of those ten, quite a few have interest and offers from Saint Joseph's.

The highest-ranked player in the Scout Top 100 of 2013 that the Hawks are involved with is Philadelphia's Rysheed Jordan. Over the summer, Hawk Hill Hardwood caught Jordan in action over half a dozen times. His lofty ranking is certainly justified, as the 6'3 point guard is nearly impossible to contain in the open court. His athleticism, handle, and vision, coupled with his size, make him one of the best point guards nationally in the class of 2013. Jordan has an offer from the Hawks, but is obviously going to be recruited at the absolute highest level. Hawk head coach Phil Martelli and assistant Geoff Arnold watched Jordan at the Reebok Breakout Challenge, where Jordan was arguably the top player in attendance. Arnold also watched Jordan at the Reebok End of Summer Classic. The Vaux rising junior has established himself as one of the most explosive point guards in the country, and this ranking backs that up.

Only two spots behind Jordan is Chester small forward Rondae Jefferson. The 6'6 Jefferson also owns an offer from the Hawks. Rondae is the younger brother of Temple junior Rahlir Jefferson. As a result, Temple is another school very active in his recruitment. Jefferson is an athletic, shifty small forward who has expressed an interest in playing the point in college. He does have a good handle, and is an absolute menace on the defensive end. Rondae's recruitment will be interesting to monitor, as he has Temple, Villanova, and Saint Joseph's recruiting him hard locally, and some of the biggest schools nationally also vying for his signiature.

Checking in at number 43 on the list is New Jersey's Tyler Roberson. Saint Joseph's was one of the first schools involved with Roberson, a 6'7 forward who will be attending Roselle Catholic this year. Roberson ran with the New Jersey Roadrunners this summer, where he was teammates with 2012 big man Blaise Mbargorba, an SJU recruiting target.

The 13th ranked shooting guard, and 63rd ranked player overall is Princeton Day School (NJ) standout Davon Reed. Reed is a 6'5 shooting guard who gained increased notoriety and exposure this summer after moving over to Team Final. Hawk Hill Hardwood caught Reed in action during his high school season, where his selflessness and team-oriented play was as impressive as his actual talent. Reed is a shooting guard of the highest caliber, a strong student, and an extremely coachable player. The Hawks offered Reed during his sophomore season.

Another shooting guard with apparent interest from the Hawks is Josh Hart from Sidwell Friends School (DC). Hart ran with Team Takeover this summer and impressed. Josh is the one member of the top 100 listing Saint Joseph's not from Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

Just outside of the Top 100 is Saint Joseph's Prep (PA) guard Steve Vasturia. Scout has Vasturia listed as a small forward, but Vasturia plays both guard spots for both his high school and for the Jersey Shore Warriors. Vasturia sees the floor well and is a deadly shooter from the perimeter. The Hawks are actively recruiting Vasturia, as are Temple, Notre Dame, Davidson, and a plethora of others.

Saint Joseph's is involved with all of the players listed above, as well as many others, including Jeremiah Worthem, Hallice Cooke, Josh Brown, and Jared Nickens. The Hawks still have not signed anyone in the class of 2012, and do not appear close to signing anyone in the class of 2013. The players listed above are just a sampling of those being recruited by the Hawks. It does go to show that the Saint Joseph's coaching staff is actively recruiting and involved with many nationally regarded prospects.

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