Bembry's busy Sunday ends at 2013 MKC

On Sunday evening, many of the top high school players in the Northeast, as well as others from as far away as Oregon, gathered at Philadelphia University to participate in the 2013 Mary Kline Classic. Among the players invited, both to the slam dunk contest and the senior game, was St. Joe's commit DeAndre Bembry.

DeAndre Bembry, a 6'6 small forward from The Patrick School (NJ) committed to Phil Martelli and the Hawks back in November. Since his commitment, he has continued to improve, and garner significant awards. Bembry won MVP honors of the Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game earlier in the spring. He was also a consensus first-team All-State selection in New Jersey.

On Sunday, DeAndre added to his collection before making the trip south for the Mary Kline Classic. DeAndre led his Sports U AAU team to the IS8 championship, scoring 27 points and getting MVP honors.

Following that win, DeAndre and Sports U teammates Jared Nickens, Hallice Cooke, and Josh Brown, made the trip down to Philadelphia University. DeAndre participated alongside the likes of Soma Edo and Ron Patterson in the dunk contest, ultimately finishing in second place behind Jamar Ergas.

DeAndre followed up that second-place finish in the dunk contest with four rim-rattling dunks in the senior game. While he was visibly fatigued from his morning game up in New York City, DeAndre still displayed the traits that made him such a prized recruit, and such a coup for Phil Martelli and the Saint Joseph's coaching staff. Bembry showed tremendous athleticism, a relentless motor, defensive intensity, and solid court vision.

In addition to the four dunks, DeAndre met Syracuse-bound Tyler Roberson at the rim for an impressive block, corralled a number of rebounds, and had at least three assists. The prettiest of those was a no-look from the top of the key to a wide-open Josh Brown (Temple commit) beneath the basket.

Langston Galloway, Halil Kanacevic, and Ron Roberts would seem to be surefire locks as starters next year for the Hawks. After that, there is some room for discussion. Chris Wilson would appear to be the starter at point guard, although the health of Kyle Molock could possibly challenge that. Daryus Quarles, Isaiah Miles, and Papa Ndao would all seem like possible starters at the three next year, but don't count out Bembry, the incoming freshman.

At 6'6, Bembry can give the Hawks something that they have lacked the past two years at the wing. His athleticism, ability to score off the bounce, and non-stop motor make him a viable starting option going into next season. There are some areas of improvement, such as continuing to tighten his handle and improve his perimeter shot, but those are both areas that DeAndre has shown marked improvement in.

DeAndre will move onto campus on June 23rd, with Summer Session classes beginning on Monday June 24th, his mother told Hawk Hill Hardwood. DeAndre and 6'9 Philadelphia Electric (PA) post Jai Williams are the Hawks' two incoming freshmen.

Despite the understandable exhaustion that comes from a weekend that includes your high school graduation and an IS8 championship game, DeAndre Bembry put together a strong performance on Sunday evening at the Mary Kline Classic. This fall, he will be lacing them up at Hagan Arena for Phil Martelli and the Hawks. He has all the makings of an impact freshman in the Atlantic 10.

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