Daryus Quarles stepped onto campus on Hawk Hill in 2010 with significant and palpable buzz surrounding him. At 6'6, with good length, tremendous speed, and guard skills, Hawk fans eagerly awaited his arrival as part of St. Joe's loaded 2014 recruiting class.
As a freshman, Daryus averaged over 5 points, averaged 2.6 rebounds a game, and played over 20 minutes a contest. In just his third collegiate game, he connected on 4-5 three-pointers en route to a 17-point outburst. A few games later he again went for double-digits, this time against city rival Villanova.
After a freshman year that showed signs of great promise, Daryus has seen a decline in minutes, scoring, and rebounding numbers in each subsequent season. Last year, he averaged just ten minutes a game, but even there, there were glimpses of his potential. In a three-game stretch in January, Daryus went for 9 points against Duquesne, 9 points against VCU, and then 7 points against Penn.
Now in his final year on Hawk Hill, what are the Hawk coaches thinking about the 6'6 Jersey native?
"We need him to focus on his skill of being a great runner," Saint Joseph's assistant coach Dave Duda told Hawk Hill Hardwood. "We're trying to convince him to use his ability to sprint...he's the fastest on the team...to translate that to getting some easy baskets in the open floor."
While Ron Roberts is clearly the most explosively athletic player on the Saint Joseph's roster, and freshman DeAndre Bembry is a big-time athlete as well, it's Quarles that the coaching staff insists is the fastest player on the team. Head Hawk Phil Martelli said last season that Quarles was the team's fastest player as well.
DeAndre Bembry is likely going to start on the wing for the Hawks, but the coaches are still looking to get productivity from Daryus Quarles. "He needs to find a way to get 2 or 3 buckets a game," Coach Duda stated.
Daryus Quarles career on Hawk Hill has had some ups and downs. Now as one of four seniors on the team, Daryus and his classmates have one last shot to make a run at an NCAA tournament bid. In order to make that run, Paulsboro's Daryus Quarles will be called on to use his quickness, length, and ability to stretch the floor with perimeter shooting. Daryus and his fellow seniors have one more run in them.
Player Profile: Daryus Quarles
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