Phil Martelli Interview- Part Four

In this fourth and final article stemming from Hawk Hill Hardwood's interview last week with Hawk head coach Phil Martelli, the head Hawk delves into Saint Joseph's recruiting needs in the 2012 and 2013 classes.

Per NCAA policy, Martelli is unable to speak about recruits by name, so the conversation focused on positional needs and targets in the next two recruiting classes. The 2012 class for the Hawks is still empty, but Martelli plans to sign three current seniors.

"We want a shooter of any size and two bigs in the class," Martelli explained. Last week, the Hawks hosted 6'9 power forward Donovon Jack, 6'7 combo forward Isaiah Miles, and 6'11 center Matt Willms on visits. While Jack and Willms clearly fit in the category of bigs, Miles could fit in either category. Although a combo forward, Miles' greatest strength is his shooting ability. When Martelli said that he was looking for a shooter of any size, Miles could possibly fit into that equation. Another possibility is 6'5 Trenton Catholic (NJ) shooting guard Charles Cooke, who will be taking an official visit to Hawk Hill this week.

While the 2012 class in Philadelphia does have significant talent, the depth isn't necessarily there. However, the talent pool is deep in the class of rising juniors, and that is something that Martelli and the Saint Joseph's coaching staff are well aware of. "We are going to get at least two kids," Martelli said of the Philadelphia class of 2013.

When asked how many players Martelli intended to sign in the class of 2013, he said, "We will sign three more there." He then spoke on the positions that the staff is targeting in that class.

"A superstar, big-time point guard," is the first goal in the class, according to Martelli. Beyond that, Martelli said that he wants to sign a "physical big-man" and then the third ship would be used on the best available player.

The Hawks are involved with several 2013 point guards, some from the city of Brotherly Love. Rysheed Jordan, a 6'3 point guard from Vaux (PA), is one of the more high-profile names the Hawks have been linked to in recent memory. Another possibility there is Chester small forward Rondae Jefferson. Jefferson has expressed an interest in playing the point in college.

Throughout the fall, leading up to the early signing period, stay tuned to Hawk Hill Hardwood for the latest on the class of 2012.

Special thanks to Marie Wozniak at Saint Joseph's for coordinating the interview and to head coach Phil Martelli for getting Hawk Hill Hardwood up to date on all things Saint Joseph's basketball.

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