Saint Anthony junior guards taking visits

On Sunday afternoon, the top sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Philadelphia and New Jersey gathered at The Haverford School for the 9th annual Eddie Griffin Challenge. Among those participating were New Jersey junior guards Hallice Cooke and Josh Brown.

After competing, and getting the win on Sunday, Brown and Cooke took an unofficial visit to Saint Joseph's on Monday. Hawk Hill Hardwood caught up with Cooke and talked about Sunday's action, his visit to Saint Joseph's, the state of his recruitment, and the coming 2011-2012 season at New Jersey's famed Saint Anthony High School.

In Sunday's action at the Eddie Griffin Challenge, the New Jersey juniors took it to Philadelphia, winning 114-90. In the win, Hallice Cooke contributed 8 points while Josh Brown tallied ten. The two played in the backcourt together in Sunday's win, which is not something new to the two.

"It was a great opportunity for me to see where my game is at," Cooke said about Sunday's contest.

Cooke and Brown are not only teammates at Saint Anthony together, but also on the AAU circuit with Sports U. Their days as teammates may not be limited to high school either. The two guards visited Saint Joseph's on Monday and are seriously considering attending college together.

"I'd say it's around 75 or 80 percent," Hallice said of the odds that he and Brown will ultimately sign with the same school.

As for their visit to Saint Joseph's, this was not the first visit for either player. The duo visited SJU unofficially in June as well. "We wanted to see the campus with the student body there," Cooke said of the reason for a return visit. "We got to see the classes, which are small, which is good so you can ask lots of questions. We also got a chance to talk with Coach Martelli," he elaborated.

With this visit to Hawk Hill under their belts, the talented guards have three more visits scheduled for the near future. "VCU, Richmond, and Virginia Tech are the next three schools we are going to visit," Hallice stated. He went on to say that all three of those schools, like SJU, are recruiting them together, and are interested in signing both guards.

This year's Saint Anthony team looks to continue the storied tradition of their Jersey City program. Cooke, Brown, recent UCLA commit Kyle Anderson, Jerome Frink, and company know their roles on the team. On his role, Hallice explained, "My role is to make shots and defend."

On Sunday, Josh and Hallice exchanged roles, each spending time at the point and off the ball. Josh has the reputation as a strong, athletic point guard with size, and he showed that ability on Sunday. Hallice, while also a more than capable ball-handler, is known more for his ability to hit shots from deep. In July, at the Hoop Group End of Summer Classic, he canned eight threes in one game. On Sunday, he knocked down two, including one impressive jumper off the dribble.

A number of schools are currently vying for the two talented guards. With their visit to Saint Joseph's complete, they have three more visits upcoming, then the high school season. With increased roles at Saint Anthony this year, expect the two to see increased attention, by both fans and colleges alike.

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