February 5th Recruiting Roundup

With the high school basketball season nearing the conclusion of its regular season, action is heating up. Saint Joseph's is actively recruiting a number of juniors in the Philadelphia area. Today, we will take a look at who the Hawks are checking out, and how those recruits fared this week.

On Tuesday, Hawk Hill Hardwood went to check out Boy's Latin and Math, Civics, and Sciences. Saint Joseph's and Temple are among the schools recruiting MCS junior forward Jeremiah Worthem. Worthem played strong around the basket in the tight loss, finishing with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

One of Saint Joseph's top targets in the class of 2013 is Princeton Day School wing Davon Reed. The 6'5 wing guard picked up an SJU offer as a sophomore and has seen his recruiting stock soar through the roof since the summer. On Wednesday, Reed went for 23 points in a 57-50 loss to Abington Friends. Then, on Friday, PDS fell again, this time to Life Center Academy. Saint Joseph's watched Reed on Friday. SJU assistant coach Mark Bass has been very active in the recruitment of Reed.

Saint Joseph's had a visitor behind the bench during Saturday's win over La Salle. 6'8 power forward Jai Williams, from Philadelphia Electric, attended the game at the Palestra. Jai had one high school game this week, a close 70-67 loss to Bartram. In the loss, Williams had 15 points. Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke briefly with Williams at the Palestra on Saturday. He said that he really enjoyed watching the game and went on to say that his team has a playoff game this coming Thursday, but that he didn't yet know the opponent.

On Friday afternoon, Hawk Hill Hardwood caught the second half of Roman Catholic's showdown with Saint Joseph's Prep. SJU assistant coach Geoff Arnold was in the house, along with coaches from Drexel and La Salle, among others. SJU was there to watch SJP junior guard Miles Overton, who finished the game with eight points. Roman Catholic sophomore Shep Garner has also received attention from the Hawks. Garner is a top 50 sophomore nationally and already drawing significant interest and offers from the Big East, SEC, and ACC.

Geoff Arnold also watched Lower Merion junior wing B.J. Johnson on Friday night. Johnson is receiving attention from Saint Joseph's, Temple, La Salle, Boston University, and many more. The athletic wing can slash to the basket and also possesses a respectable stroke from three.

Saturday night, St. Anthony throttled Life Center Academy 65-24. The Friars feature a number of Division 1 players, most notably senior UCLA commit Kyle Anderson. Saint Joseph's is actively recruiting St. Anthony's junior guard Hallice Cooke. According to The Recruit Scoop's Alex Kline, Saint Joseph's watched Cooke play on Saturday night.

On Wedneday evening, Saint Joseph's has an important Atlantic 10 showdown with Saint Louis. The game, with an 8:30 tip, is likely to have a number of Saint Joseph's priority recruits in attendance. Check back throughout the week for an updated list of visitors.

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