2014 Recruiting Targets: Part A

Despite the fact that Saint Joseph's has yet to sign a player in the class of 2013, they are, and have been for quite some time, actively recruiting the class of 2014 locally and nationally. Take a look inside to see a list of guards that SJU is looking at in 2013. This will continue tomorrow with a look at wings and bigs.

We will start off in the backcourt, where the Hawks are actively pursuing a plethora of guards and wings.

Roman Catholic (PA) guard Shep Garner is one of the Philadelphia area's most recognizable, and well-regarded scorers in the class of 2014. Garner, who will be suiting up with Team Final in July, took an unofficial visit to Saint Joseph's last week and is being actively recruited by many high-majors. Garner, who stands right around 6'1, is capable of putting up points in a hurry. With range that extends well beyond the three-point line, he keeps defenders honest, but has the quickness and savvy to get to the rack.. Garner is likely one of SJU's top targets in 2014, and would be a major coup for Coach Phil Martelli and the Hawk coaching staff.

Hackensack (NJ) rising junior Rashad Figures recently collected an offer from the Hawks, to put alongside another A10 offer from URI and one from Seton Hall as well. Figures, a 6'3 scoring guard, visited Hawk Hill last week and is a player that the SJU staff will be watching in July alongside his NJ Playaz teammates.

Mount Saint Joseph's (MD) produces high-level talent on an annual basis. Head coach Pat Clatchey has another good one in 6'1 combo guard Phil Booth. Booth is nearing double-digit offers at the moment, and that number could shoot through the roof in July. He holds an offer from the Hawks and attended two Hawk home games this winter, so there is legitimate mutual interest. He, like Garner and Figures, would be a significant acquisition for the Hawks. Booth is number 57 in Scout's Top 100 in 2014.

This list includes a number of high-profile players, but Philadelphia guard JaQuan Newton is at the head of the class. Newton, who will be suiting up alongside Shep Garner on Team Final, has long held an offer from St. Joe's. Temple, Villanova, Syracuse, and more are all over the 6'2 guard who gets into the lane at will. Newton currently checks in at number 37 on the Scout Top 100 in 2014.

Kaison Randolph and Austin Tilghman are teammates for We R 1's 16u squad. Both players have emerged as definite Hawk targets in 2014. Randolph is a lanky 6'2-6'3 combo guard from The Pennington School (NJ), while Tilghman is a muscular 6'1 pure point guard from Saint Andrew's School (DE). Both are likely attainable for the Hawks in 2014, and the two, in theory, could play alongside one another.

Malik Starkes, a talented 2014 shooting guard, has been listing the Hawks for quite some time, but could see a shift in his recruitment as he has apparently transferred out of Philadelphia's Math, Civics, and Sciences to attend high school in Florida. Starkes is an athletic 6'4 guard who has impressed every time I've seen him. A very good athlete, Starkes excels in transition, and possesses trademark Philly toughness. Saint Joseph's has been recruiting Starkes for a while, but it remains to be seen if that continues with his move.

While many of the names listed to this point are probably familiar to those that follow Saint Joseph's recruiting, this next one could be new. Abington Heights (PA) shooting guard J.C. Show made a splash at April's Philly Jam Fest with JB Hoops. Show demonstrated an ability to absolutely fill it in from deep. At 6'2, Show is more of a shooting guard than point at the moment. He is a player that I plan to track during July. Saint Joseph's has already expressed interest and is likely to continue to monitor him.

Like Shep Garner, JaQuan Newton, Phil Booth, and Rashad Figures, Saint Joseph's-Metuchen guard Wade Baldwin also holds an offer from the Hawks. Baldwin, who will play alongside 2015 Karl Townes and 2016 Tyus Battle at St. Joe's-Metuchen after transferring from Immaculata (NJ), caught the eye of the SJU coaching staff last summer, but just recently grabbed an offer. A strong 6'3 shooting guard, Baldwin runs with Sports U 16u. He recently took an unofficial visit to West Virginia, and visited Georgetown in the spring. Wade holds offers from the Hawks and a few others, but is going to be seriously tracked by high-majors this month.

Our look ahead to 2014 will continue tomorrow with the wings, forwards, and posts that the Hawks are currently involved with.

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