Reebok Camp: Thursday morning recap

The first full day of games at the Reebok Challenge Breakout got underway at Philadelphia University on Thursday. Hawk Hill Hardwood was in attendance for the morning's action, and breaks down the performances of five Saint Joseph's recruiting targets.

Ismael Sanogo: My morning began watching Sanogo, a 6'6-6'7 combo forward from Newark East Side. The Reebok Breakout camp is meant to be a platform for slightly under-the-radar recruits to make names for themselves. Sanogo seems to be taking advantage . On Thursday morning, he showed off his toughness, handle, and ability to finish around the rim, as well as connecting from the 17-foot range. Ish put up 10 points and 9 rebounds in a 53-52 morning win. Following the win, he announced that he picked up an offer from Shaka Smart and VCU. Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard was courtside for the game, watching Ish and Linden big man Quadri Moore. St. Joe's is one of the schools very much interested in the talented rising senior.

Obi Romeo: A 6'10 jumping jack with arms that go on for days, Obi Romeo currently holds a single scholarship offer. From Longwood. Expect that to change, and likely in the immediate future. Offensively, he is about as raw as they come, but his length, athleticism, and motor make him an extremely appealing prospect. In a morning game, he blocked shots, rebounded, and threw down two monstrous jams. A clear project, Obi Romeo's athleticism, size, and absurd wingspan make him one that mid-majors will likely hone in on, and that high-majors will take a look at. St. Joe's is one of the schools that has been on him for some time. In fact, Corey Evans wrote last month that St. Joe's was the school recruiting him the hardest at the time.

Derrick Jones: At this point, there really isn't a whole lot to say about the five-star 2015 wing from Archbishop Carroll (PA). A walking highlight reel, the 6'6 forward threw down the dunk of the morning, putting it down over 6'8 Chris Silva. Jones, already a clear-cut high-major prospect, is now officially among the elite. Over the past few days, he has received scholarship offers from both Kentucky and Kansas, to go alongside Syracuse, St. Joe's, Temple, and countless others. Jones' recruitment can't go any higher at this point, but his game can, and he showed an improved handle off today. As he continues to gain weight and refine his jumper, he will become one of the truly elite players nationally in the class of 2015.

Tarin Smith: A 6'1 point guard from St. Anthony (NJ), Tarin Smith appears to be one of the Hawks' wants in the 2014 class. He only scored six points in an early-afternoon win, but they were critical ones. Smith knocked down one of two free throws in the closing minutes of regulation to expand his team's lead to 3. Then, once the game went to overtime, Smith scored the game-winning lay-in on a drive in the closing seconds. A jet with the ball, Smith is a legitimate 6'1 and has a great handle. Additionally, he was a very good on-the-ball defender in this one. Following the win, Tarin told Hawk Hill Hardwood that "Saint Louis, Creighton, SMU, and Boston College" were new schools expressing interest. "St. Joe's, UMass, and Delaware" were among the schools that had offered that are coming the hardest. Regarding the Breakout camp, Tarin said, "I love it so far, this is my first year coming. I've never played against so much great competition before."

Ben Bentil: A 6'8 power forward from St. Andrew's in Delaware, Ben Bentil is not a new name for those that are even the most casual of St. Joe's recruiting followers. Bentil put together a strong, double-double performance in the afternoon overtime loss. Bentil finished with 13 points on 6-14 shooting, to go along with 10 rebounds. Most of his points came at the rim, but Ben also knocked down a 12-foot baseline jumper. His touch from mid-range looked good, although he missed badly on his two shots from three. Adam Finkelstein of ESPN reported last week that "Georgetown, St. Joe's, UCLA, Rutgers, and Miami" were five of the schools coming at the four-star forward the hardest. Bentil would be a major coup for Phil Martelli.

Hawk Hill Hardwood will be back at it tomorrow at Philadelphia University. Check back tomorrow night for coverage of the camp's final day.

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