Early Signing Period Begins

The Fall Early Signing Period for college basketball began today and runs through the 21st of the month. Take a look inside to see where Saint Joseph's stands with the class of 2013.

At the moment, St. Joe's holds a lone commitment in the class of 2013. That commitment is from Philadelphia Electric post Jai Williams. The 6'9 wide-bodied post pledged to the Hawks over the summer, which did not come as a surprise to most in Philadelphia basketball circles. The Hawks were long considered to be the frontrunners for the Philadelphia native's services.

Earlier today, Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke to Jai's AAU coach with the Hunting Park Warriors, Richard Guillen. Guillen indicated that he believed that Jai would be signing his Letter of Intent with the Hawks on Friday.

The Hawks have long planned to sign three players in the class of 2013. With Jai committed, that leaves them with two scholarships possibly to play with. At the moment, there are three players very much in play for St. Joe's

DeAndre Bembry, a 6'6 small forward from Saint Patrick's (NJ) just took a visit to Hawk Hill over the weekend, with his mother and brother. Bembry also tripped to Temple this fall. He is certainly a player to keep an eye on in the coming hours and days, as the Hawks are very much in the picture with the talented, tough, and athletic wing.

Another player who SJU has been involved with, and one who could sign in this early period, is Abington (PA) point guard Anthony Durham. Durham, an uptempo 6'3 guard, has Saint Bonaventure, George Mason, Drexel, St. Francis, St. Joe's, Hofstra, UMBC, and more in the picture. Anthony told Hawk Hill Hardwood last week that, at the moment, there was nothing of significance going on in his recruitment. That being said, it would not come as a surprise at all if he signs during the coming week.

The third player in the mix for the Hawks is 6'4 Massanutten (VA) shooting guard Ahmad Fields. Fields has only taken one visit thus far, and it was to Saint Joseph's. He has another visit planned to Philadelphia at the end of December. This time, Bruiser Flint and the Drexel Dragons will get their chance to make a pitch.

As of this moment, that is where things stand with the Hawks. In recruiting, that can all change in the blink of an eye, and it wouldn't come as a surprise at all if another name or two was added next to Jai Williams' in the coming day or two.

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