Reed trims Hawks from list

On Monday, 2013 Princeton Day School (NJ) wing guard Davon Reed trimmed his list to eight schools. Saint Joseph's, the second school to offer the talented guard, did not make the cut. Hawk Hill Hardwood takes a look at where the Hawks stand with other 2013 wings.

Early on in the recruiting process, St. Joe's was involved with a trio of top 75 guards. With Davon Reed cutting the Hawks from his list today, it appears the Hawks are basically out of contention with all three. It would be safe to call Chester (PA) wing Rondae Jefferson and Vaux (PA) point guard Rysheed Jordan long-shots at this point.

The Hawks are in need of depth on the perimeter in 2013. So much so that it wouldn't come at all as a shock if the coaching staff looked to sign two guards in the class, with one more of a wing and the other capable to playing both on and off the ball.

One name that has been linked to St. Joe's for quite some time is Saint Anthony (NJ) shooting guard Hallice Cooke. Cooke, who plays AAU ball for Sports U, told me last week that he planned to take a trip to Hawk Hill in the near future with his father. He has already taken several visits to St. Joe's. The Hawks are battling VCU, Rhode Island, Butler, Richmond, Oregon State, and more for his services. Cooke helped Sports U to the Rumble in the Bronx title yesterday, canning five three-pointers in the championship game.

Saint Patrick (NJ) wing Jared Nickens is another player high on the Hawks' recruiting depth chart. Nickens told Hawk Hill Hardwood last weekend at the Reebok Showdown Series that the two schools standing out the most to him at the moment, and the two schools recruiting him the hardest, were VCU and St. Joe's. Nickens also informed me that he would be taking an unofficial visit to Georgetown on June 17th. Nickens is a knockdown three-point shooter with size, at 6'6, and serious length. Nickens is a second Sports U player getting a serious look from St. Joe's.

A third Sports U player with a Hawk offer is 6'6 elite athlete DeAndre Bembry. The 6'6 pogo stick plays his high school ball at St. Patrick's, like Nickens. The Hawks are joined in his pursuit by a plethora of A10 schools and high-majors. While his outside jumper needs some tuning up, Bembry is a monster going at the rim, where is always a threat to throw it down.

Saint Joseph's Prep (PA) shooting guard Miles Overton is another guard the Hawks are looking hard at. Overton fits more in the mold of Hallice Cooke in that he can handle the ball, and likely give you some minutes at both the 1 and the 2. On numerous occasions, Overton has expressed an interest in possibly staying close to home for his college career, something that could bode well for St. Joe's, Drexel, La Salle, and the other Philadelphia-area schools looking at the Catholic League guard.

Heading a few hours south, the Hawks are looking at two guards from the Washington DC area. The first, Maryland combo guard Roddy Peters, is a 6'4 guard capable of giving good minutes at the point guard spot. When Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with his high school coach at Suitland High, George McClure, back in March, he stated that there was definite mutual interest there between Peters and the Hawks. Alongside the Hawks, McClure listed Maryland, Seton Hall, VCU, UMass, and Miami as schools involved with Peters. St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli watched Peters and his DC Assault teammates during the April Live Period. That takes us to our next name.

On DC Assault, Peters is joined by one of the Hawks' wing targets in 2013: Ahmad Fields. Fields just recently announced that he would be transferring high schools from Blue Ridge Academy (VA) to Massanutten Military (VA). Fields spoke with Hawk Hill Hardwood last month, listing the Hawks alongside schools like George Washington, USC, UNLV, and Colorado. Fields, at 6'5, is possibly the player most similar to Davon Reed out of all those mentioned here. He is a more than capable shooter from the perimeter, but best in transition and attacking the basket, using his long, athletic 6'5 frame to finish at the rim. The Hawks are very hot on his trail, and SJU is the only school to date to land an unofficial visit.

Back in the Philadelphia area, only mere miles from Hawk Hill, Lower Merion (PA) wing guard B.J. Johnson is another wing with an offer from the Hawks. Johnson, who plays his AAU ball alongside Rondae Jefferson, Davon Reed, Dom Reid, and more on Team Final, has been a Hawk target for quite some time. The 6'5 wing has a sweet stroke from three, and possesses well above average athleticism. Johnson has recently garnered significant interest and offers from some high-majors like Penn State and Rutgers, in addition to his litany of Atlantic 10 offers. Johnson plays at the small forward spot in high school, but according to Greg Downer, his coach at Lower Merion, is likely to be able to give minutes at the 2 in college.

With Davon Reed off the Hawks' 2013 wish list, there are seven names of perimeter players that could wind up on Hawk Hill. All seven currently hold offers from the Hawks, and the Hawks appear to be in a position to possibly take two from that list. With the July Live Period looming, look for the SJU staff to track these players and also search for new players to add to the always-growing list.

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