In the fall, St. Joe's got a verbal commitment from 6'9 Philadelphia native Jai Williams. Williams attended Philadelphia Electric and Technology Charter, and was on Hawk Hill Thursday night to watch on as his former school played on site at his future school.
PET has a handful of supremely talented underclassmen, and it all starts with 6'3 scoring combo guard Samir Doughty. Doughty, a 2015 guard who runs with Philly Pride on the AAU circuit, reportedly picked up offers this week from URI, La Salle, Temple, and St. Joe's. Doughty is a wired scorer and demonstrated that ability Thursday evening. He's a long 6'3 with a quick first step and an innate ability to simply put the ball in the bucket.
Fellow 2015 guard Sam Foreman will join Doughty in the backcourt at PET. Foreman, however, was not with the team on Thursday. 2015 guard Devante Truitt played well on Thursday night as well, and is yet another player in what is a stacked local 2015 class. With these three 2015 guards, PET will be a tough out in the Public League this year.
Former Hawk Terrell Myers brought his talented St. Andrew's squad up 95 from Delaware in order to participate on Thursday night. Myers had one of the better one-two punches in the area last year in 2014's Ben Bentil and Austin Tilghman. Well, they just got even tougher, with the addition of 2015 wing guard Myles Stephens. Stephens, a high-academic, long, skilled, and sweet-shooting wing guard gives St. Andrew's a totally new dimension. Stephens checks in right around 6'3 or 6'4, has tremendous length and athleticism, and can stroke it from the perimeter.
The two familiar names on St. Andrew's are 6'1 point guard Austin Tilghman and 6'7 forward Ben Bentil. On Thursday, Tilghman was impressive, knocking down at least two threes in a in over Pat Smith and Archbishop Wood (PA). Tilghman is college strong, handles it well, and really sees the floor. The questions with his game have surrounded his quickness and his perimeter shooting. On Thursday, that shooting appeared much-improved. Tilghman reportedly has an offer from La Salle, and recently trekked to Quinnipiac and Fairfield.
His high school and AAU teammate, 6'7-6'8 Ben Bentil, was up to his usual tricks on Thursday. He scored around the basket, both with his back to the basket and off the dribble. He threw a gorgeous pass out of the high post to a cutting Myles Stephens for an easy bucket. Ben also showed an ability to corral a defensive rebound and lead the break himself. St. Joe's has put in the work for Bentil, but they have stiff competition from the likes of Villanova, Georgetown, and others.
A pleasant surprise on Thursday night was getting to see Academy of the New Church, with their most recent addition. Just hours after being admitted, 2015 combo forward Carnel Harley played with his new high school teammates. Harley, a 6'6-6'7 combo forward, transferred to ANC from Imhotep Charter. While Unionville (PA) didn't present much of a challenge for ANC, Harley was clearly in a league of his own out there early Thursday night.
On the AAU circuit, Harley runs with Team FOE/Hunting Park Warriors. Over the winter, he took an unofficial visit to Hawk Hill and took in a game. Right around 6'6 or 6'7, Harley still needs to add weight, but he has time. He showed off some solid perimeter skills Thursday night, and if he transitions fully to the wing, he will be a highly-coveted recruiting target in the area.
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