Hawks hosting key visitors for Big 5 contest

On Saturday evening, Saint Joseph's and Temple will square off in a Big 5 battle at Hagan Arena. The Hawks are expecting a handful of their top recruiting targets from the class of 2014. St. John's (DC) point guard Tre Campbell (pictured) is just one of the Hawks' top targets planning to attend Saturday's game.

Saint Joseph's will have up to five scholarships to use in the class of 2014. They will be looking to replace the current group of juniors. Langston Galloway, C.J. Aiken, Ron Roberts, Halil Kanacevic, and Daryus Quarles will all have graduated at this point.

As such, the Hawks are not only looking for quantity, but are in desperate need of quality. There is ample playing time available as a selling point for these 2014 recruits.

Neumann-Goretti (PA) junior point guard JaQuan Newton is expected on campus for tomorrow night's game. Newton, ranked 42nd nationally in his class by Scout, is one of the top guards in Philadelphia regardless of class. Newton has not been listing the Hawks much lately, but if you're a Hawk fan, you are pleased that he is planning to attend Saturday's game. St. Joe's was one of the first schools to offer the elite guard.

The highest-ranked recruit expected tomorrow is St. Andrew's (DE) forward Ben Bentil. Bentil, a 6'8 combo forward, checks in at 37th nationally according to Scout. Bentil, who is coached by former Hawk Terrell Myers, attended the Harvard and Fairfield games already this year. It could be argued that he is one of the Hawks' top two or three targets in the class.

Another post player of note will be at Hagan Arena tomorrow. 7'2 Fairfield Prep (CT) center Pascal Chukwu will be at the Temple game. Chukwu took an unofficial visit to Hawk Hill this fall, and now will be making a return trip. Scout has Pascal as the 11th ranked center in the class of 2014.

6'1 Roman Catholic (PA) guard Shep Garner will be taking in his second Hawk game of the year tomorrow. Garner is the 23rd ranked shooting guard in the class of 2014 by Scout. According to his high school coach, Chris McNesby, St. Joe's, Penn State, and Rutgers are the three leaders for the talented junior scoring guard.

St. John's (DC) point guard Tre Campbell will be making his second trip to St. Joe's on Saturday. Tre visited Hawk Hill previously with former Hawk target Tevon Saddler. Campbell attended the Hawks' road game at VCU last month also. VCU, Penn State, Georgetown, Miami, and St. Joe's are among the many schools heavily recruiting the 6'2 point guard.

Two New Jersey guards will be at the Hawks-Owls game tomorrow night as well. 6'4 Medford Tech (NJ) combo guard Elijah Cain will be making a return trip to Hawk Hill. Cain holds offers from St. Joe's, George Mason, Rider, and Binghamton, and has interest from VCU, Rutgers, Miami, Delaware, and Wake Forest.

6'2 Pennington (NJ) combo guard Kaison Randolph will also be at tomorrow's game. Randolph is AAU teammates with Ben Bentil. An athletic, long slashing guard with a solid shot from deep, Randolph has turned in a solid junior year. In a recent win over Trenton Catholic (NJ), he had 19 points, 16 rebounds, and 8 steals.

At the moment, the Hawks don't have any players committed in the class of 2014. When they take the court at 6 o'clock Saturday evening against Temple, many of their top recruiting targets will be in attendance.

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