Molock ready to join the Hawks

Saint Joseph's welcomes their three-man 2012 recruiting class to campus in a matter of less than two weeks. On Tuesday, Hawk Hill Hardwood caught up with one of the incoming freshmen, Dublin Coffman High School (OH) point guard Kyle Molock.

Kyle Molock gave St. Joe's a verbal commitment almost immediately following his official visit to Hawk Hill back in October. The Hawks were initially involved in Kyle's recruitment in the early stages, prior to his verbal commitment to Purdue. After Kyle reopened his recruitment, the Hawks got involved once again, and they were rewarded the second time around with a commitment.

On Monday, Hawk Hill Hardwood caught up with the 6'2 185-pound point guard to discuss his rehabilitation process and expectations going into the 2012-2013 season.

As has been chronicled, Kyle missed the majority of his junior and senior seasons at Dublin Coffman with two torn ACLs. He tore the ACL in his right knee in January, forcing him to miss most of his senior campaign. So where does he stand now?

"For the most part, I'm cleared 100 percent," Kyle explained on Tuesday. "I'm going 1-on-1, 2-on-2, and 3-3, getting used to moving, and working out every day," he continued.

As for when he expects to be fully cleared for 5-on-5 game action, Kyle said "another month or month-and-a-half." The Hawks will be playing once again this year in the Delco Pro-Am League, beginning at the end of June and continuing through the beginning of August. While Kyle will sit out all of June and July, he said that he was hoping to look to come back in August and possibly play in August summer league action.

Like Isaiah Miles, who Hawk Hill Hardwood caught up with last week, Kyle will be moving onto campus on June 24th. During his senior season in Ohio, he said that he "kept in touch with Coach Bass a lot" and also "checked up" with the current players after games.

The Hawks start two all-conference guards in senior Carl Jones and junior Langston Galloway. Sophomore Chris Wilson is also coming off a freshman campaign where he averaged roughly 3 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists in 20 minutes of game action. Kyle expects to join that guard rotation, primarily at the point guard spot.

As for expectations for the 2012-2013 season, Kyle explained how he thought the team could build on last season's success. "Last year, they just missed March Madness by a couple games late in the year," he stated. "I think we can make March Madness this year. I think we're capable of playing with anyone," Kyle continued.

On a personal level, Kyle said, "I'm looking forward to making a big impact. I know how I stack up against the big-name point guards in my class." That statement was in reference to his high school and AAU days.

When Kyle Molock steps on Hawk Hill at the end of the month, he will be looking to join the proud ranks of Hawk guards who saw great collegiate success. The Hawks could certainly use another strong contributor on the perimeter this season. If Kyle is able to step in alongside Galloway, Jones, and Wilson at the two guard spots, it would bode very well for the Hawks in the 2012-2013 season and beyond

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