Molock talks Hawks

When Saint Joseph's took down the Temple Owls on Saturday evening at Hagan Arena, an important visitor was seated behind the Hawks' bench. That visitor was Dublin Coffman (OH) senior point guard, and Saint Joseph's signee, Kyle Molock. On Monday, Hawk Hill Hardwood caught up with the future Hawk.

Kyle Molock, a 6'2 senior floor general out of Ohio, inked with Saint Joseph's in October, shortly after his official visit to Hawk Hill. Molock originally signed with Purdue, but later reopened his recruitment and committed to the Hawks.

Saturday evening marked the second time this year that the Hawks defeated a ranked opponent on their home court. In December, Saint Joseph's defeated a ranked Creighton squad at Hagan Arena, and they were able to snap their ten-game losing streak to Temple on Saturday in dramatic fashion. The Hawks did so in front of one of their future teammates.

"It was definitely a great atmosphere," Molock said of Saturday's game. "When they (Saint Joseph's) got the lead back in the second half, it just got louder and louder," he continued. "They have lots of fan support."

Saint Joseph's roster is with without a single senior, so Molock, and fellow senior commits Isaiah Miles and Javon Baumann, will blend in with the current roster. "Ever since the official visit I've stayed in communication," Molock explained. "They'll ask about me or we'll talk about the game," he furthered.

Kyle has also remained in touch with the Saint Joseph's coaching staff. Kyle informed me that Saint Joseph's assistant coach Mark Bass visited him in Ohio within the last couple of weeks. He also spoke at length with Coach Bass after the Temple win in the locker room, where he also spoke with SJU head coach Phil Martelli.

While Kyle was able to watch the Hawks in action on Saturday, he is currently out of action due to a torn ACL in his right knee. As a junior, Molock tore the ACL in his left knee, and after sitting last year out with that injury, he returned to the court this fall with a renewed sense of purpose and drive. Molock wanted his team to make a run in the state playoffs and also expressed a desire to compete for the Mr. Basketball award in Ohio. In early January, however, he suffered another setback in the form of his second torn ACL.

"The knee is going good," he told Hawk Hill Hardwood. "It's definitely less serious this time and the rehab is ahead of schedule," Molock stated. Kyle said that he hopes to be cleared for full-contact action by "late June or early July."

Saint Joseph's returns guards Carl Jones, Langston Galloway, Chris Wilson, and Evan Maschmeyer next year. Kyle Molock will be added to that mix next year on Hawk Hill.

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