Saint Joseph's returns junior Chris Wilson and senior Langston Galloway in the backcourt next year. With Tay Jones gone, the Hawks are even thinner in the backcourt than they were this year. With the current composition of the roster, there will be a great deal of pressure on redshirt freshman point guard Kyle Molock.
Molock, a Dublin, Ohio native, committed to Purdue early on in his high school career. Since that point, Molock has suffered three ACL injuries, the most recent this past fall on Hawk Hill. That injury sidelined him for the season.
Devin Wilson would have given the Hawks backcourt depth, and alleviated some of the pressure on Molock. With him headed to the ACC, the St. Joe's coaching staff will continue to search for help for next season.
Lee Academy (ME) point guard L.J. Westbrook has listed interest from St. Joe's. The one-time Oregon State commit is originally a member of the 2013 class, but reclassified to 2014 when he transferred from high school in Oregon to Lee Academy. It remains unclear whether Westbrook could consider moving back to the 2013 class. If he did, he would likely hold greater appeal to the Hawk coaching staff.
It appears that St. Joe's is also looking at a number of college transfers. Former Penn Wood (PA) star Aaron Brown announced his transfer from West Virginia. The 6'5, 220-pound wing guard averaged 4 points per game as a freshman at WVU, but saw his minutes dip in the 2012-2013 season, and his scoring average dip to 1.2 points in 6.2 minutes per game.
Another transfer to keep an eye on is former Plymouth-Whitemarsh star Jaylen Bond. The 6'7 forward will have two years of eligibility remaining, just like Aaron Brown. As a sophomore, he averaged 2.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game. Bond has a body and skill set similar to current Hawk junior Ron Roberts.
While both Brown and Bond are from the Philadelphia area, there is no guarantee that either would get a hardship waiver to suit up next season. Both players would likely have to sit out a year, regardless of where they end up.
It is quite likely that new names, in addition to L.J.Westbrook, Aaron Brown, and Jaylen Bond, will pop up in the coming days. The St. Joe's coaching staff will likely target a guard that can suit up next year. The April Live Period kicks off next weekend, and it is highly likely that a new 2013 guard name or two emerges during that time.
Wilson to Virginia Tech
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