What's next in 2014?

When Northside Christian (NC) wing James Demery committed to St. Joe's on Monday evening, he became the third member of SJU's 2014 recruiting class. There are still a handful of players in the mix with the Hawks. Take a look inside.

James Demery, Markell Lodge, and Shavar Newkirk currently make up Phil Martelli's 2014 recruiting class at Saint Joseph's. In the 6'4 Demery, Martelli has an elite-level athlete on the wing. In Lodge, the SJU coaching staff has a 6'7 jumping-jack power forward who possesses a high motor and toughness. In 5'11 Cardinal Hayes (NY) point guard Shavar Newkirk, the Hawks have their next floor general.

There are still one or two more pieces pieces in this class for the Hawks though. One glaring need is a shooter. 6'4 Glenwood (IL) shooting guard Peyton Allen would certainly seem to fit that bill. He visited Hawk Hill officially in September, and has no other visits planned at the moment. Everything on that front has been quiet for the past week or so though.

If the Hawks are unable to reel in Allen, I would expect new names to pop up at the shooting guard or wing guard position. In Demery, Newkirk, DeAndre Bembry, and West Virginia transfer Aaron Brown, the Hawks have a great core of slashers and drivers. What they are in need of is a knock-down shooter. Peyton Allen would fit the bill. If he does not pop for the Hawks though, I think you could see new names surface.

The Hawks hosted two big men on visits recently. The most recent visitor, 6'8 Yates (TX) forward Melvin Swift, has St. Joe's, UConn, UMass, Baylor, and SMU among the schools in active pursuit.

Another recent visitor who has not received quite as much press is 6'9 Greenbrier East (WV) center Obi Romeo. Romeo had a strong summer with East Coast Fusion on the AAU circuit. Extremely raw offensively, Romeo is a high-level rebounder and shot-blocker due to his incredible length, high motor, and athletic ability. Romeo has taken two official visits to date, to St. Joe's and to Longwood.

A third big man, and one that has yet to take any visits at all is Our Savior New American (NY) forward Mike Nzei. Nzei, a 6'7 power forward, picked up offers this summer from the likes of Hofstra, St. Joe's, Iowa, Iona, and more. A relentless rebounder, Nzei is raw, but has an uncanny ability to corral rebounds, and is another big-time athlete. It will be interesting to see if Nzei plans a visit to Hawk Hill when he starts scheduling school visits.

Peyton Allen, Melvin Swift, Obi Romeo, and Mike Nzei are four 2014 recruits that the staff may be looking at to add to their recruiting class. Depending on how things go with these four, new names could appear. It seems clear that the staff is looking for a shooter, and possibly a big, to add to this class. Hawk Hill Hardwood will have the latest as things continue to evolve.

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