Bembry headed to Hawk Hill

On Sunday evening, news broke that 6'6 St. Patrick (NJ) small forward DeAndre Bembry committed to Phil Martelli and the Saint Joseph's Hawks. Bembry is the Hawks' second 2013 commitment, joining Philadelphia post Jai Williams. Inside, Hawk Hill Hardwood breaks down Bembry's game and more.

The Saint Joseph's coaching staff has long targeted an athletic wing in the class of 2013. They got exactly that on Sunday evening. DeAndre Bembry is a 6'6 small forward who will bring high-major athleticism, toughness, and slashing ability to the Atlantic 10.

When Hawk fans saw long-time targets like Davon Reed, B.J. Johnson, and Hallice Cooke sign elsewhere, there was questioning of whether the Hawks would be able to land an impact wing in this class. With the Sunday evening addition of Bembry, they have done exactly that.

DeAndre took only two official visits this fall, to Temple and to Saint Joseph's. That's not to say that the two Philadelphia schools were the only interested. Over the summer, Bembry also listed offers from the likes of Providence, Miami, Rhode Island, Auburn, and many more.

Over the past year, Hawk Hill Hardwood got to see Bembry and his Sports U teammates over a dozen times. His Sports U team also featured Josh Brown (Temple), Hallice Cooke (Oregon State), Jared Nickens (2014, undecided), and several other Division 1 players.

In addition to his big-time athleticism, the thing that always stood out about Bembry was his motor. He plays the game with a toughness and level of urgency, all the time, that constantly led to productivity.

On the defensive side of the ball, DeAndre has above-average foot speed at 6'6 to guard the perimeter. Over the summer, he also demonstrated a real nose for the ball on both the offensive and defensive glass. DeAndre has enough of a handle, as well, that he is able to lead the break off the defensive glass. While his jumper is still the area in his game with the most room for improvement, there was growth there over the spring and summer. At the Live in AC event, DeAndre showed an ability to knock down shots from three.

His strength offensively is his slashing ability going to the basket. Off the bounce, he's tough to contain due to his strength, athleticism, and toughness. At last year's Mary Kline Classic, DeAndre competed in the Slam Dunk Contest alongside the likes of Rondae Jefferson and Wayne Selden.

Over the coming days, Hawk Hill Hardwood will have a series of articles on DeAndre Bembry's game, what led to his picking the Hawks, and how it could impact the Hawks moving forward.

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