Philadelphia's loaded 2015 class

In the 2014 recruiting class, Phil Martelli recruited a point guard out of New York City (Shavar Newkirk) and two big-time athletes out of North Carolina (Markell Lodge and James Demery). While the 2014 recruiting class in the city of Philadelphia was a bit weaker than normal, the 2015 class is far from it. Tonight, we take a first look at the loaded 2015 class in the Philadelphia region

Derrick Jones- Jones, a 6'6 small forward from Archbishop Carroll (PA) is an elite-level prospect. St. Joe's has done their due diligence there, and recruited him very hard. Jones has taken multiple visits to Hawk Hill, as recently as this past August. Still, the top-25 prospect will likely, in the end, choose between Syracuse and Kentucky. Both schools have offered the high-flying wing forward.

Ernest Aflakpui- Aflakpui (pictured above) is high school and AAU teammates with the aforementioned Jones. At 6'9 225-pounds, Ernest is a tremendous post prospect. Temple, La Salle, Villanova, St. Joe's, and Georgetown are just a number of the schools involved with the athletic, rugged power forward who possesses major upside. Aflakpui both looks the part and plays the part.

Traci Carter- Carter, a 6-foot point guard from South Philadelphia, spent last year at Roman Catholic, and will be at Life Center Academy (NJ) this season. Carter, Aflakpui, Jones, Wright, and Ellison all play for Terrell Myers' We R-1 AAU program. All hold offers from the Hawks. Carter took an unofficial visit to SJU last spring and was watched by the coaches throughout the summer. A ballhawk defensively, Carter plays with extreme confidence. All of the city schools are heavily involved with the South Philly native.

Malik Ellison- The son of Pervis Ellison, Malik saw his recruitment pick up this past spring and summer. His first offer came from St. Joe's on an unofficial visit last spring. Since then, he has picked up a handful of others, including one from Fran Dunphy's Temple Owls. Ellison is an athletic wing guard who stands right around 6'3 but appears to be still growing. Far from a finished project, Ellison is such an intriguing prospect due to the continual growth in both his game and his frame. Malik plays for his father at Life Center Academy alongside Traci Carter and the next player on our list.

Tyler Kohl- A 6'5-6'6 big-bodied forward, Kohl possesses a very unique skill set, which he displayed this summer with We R-1. Kohl has a wide frame, but moves well for his size, has a good handle, and can shoot the ball from the perimeter. He holds an offer from the Hawks, like his other We R-1 teammates. Kohl also picked up offers from Rhode Island, Minnesota, and Iowa this summer.

Sean Lloyd- A 6'4 shooting guard from The Haverford School (PA), Lloyd had a great July running with Team Philly. Lloyd plays with tremendous energy, possesses high-level athleticism and strength, and can defend multiple positions. St. Joe's is one of the many local schools actively involved in his recruitment. I don't love player comparisons, but there are striking similarities between Lloyd and current Hawk Aaron Brown. Both are slashing, physical, aggressive wing guards who can guard multiple positions and rebound well from the perimeter.

Lamarr Kimble- A 5'11 point guard from Philadelphia basketball powerhouse Neumann-Goretti, Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble is one of the best pure point guards in the region. He's not an undersized shooting guard or a combo guard. Kimble is a true, pass-first point guard. He recently made an unofficial visit to Hawk Hill to take in an SJU practice. Kimble has SJU, La Salle, Temple, Notre Dame, Miami, and more involved in his recruitment to varying degrees. Early on, Kimble looked to project at the high-major level. This summer, he played well with Team Final, but he had the look more of an Atlantic 10 caliber guard. Look for the Hawks to remain heavily involved with Kimble.

Tomorrow, we will look at even more local 2015 standouts that are being tracked by the Hawk coaching staff. That list includes Shawn Alston, Ahmad Gilbert, James Wright, Donte DiVincenzo, and more.

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