Phil Martelli reeled in one of the Atlantic 10's best recruiting classes in 2014. Point guard Shavar Newkirk, wing guard James Demery, power forward Markell Lodge, and center Obi Romeo give the Hawks a balanced class with some star power at the top in Demery. The coaching staff is still exploring a few options in 2014, but their attention has also turned to the 2015 class.
St. Joe's notched their biggest win of the season on Saturday night when they defeated UMass 73-68 at Hagan Arena. Seated behind the bench was one of St. Joe's top 2015 recruiting targets, along with a new 2015 name.
6'4 St. Joe's Prep (PA) junior shooting guard Chris Clover has emerged as one of the Hawks' top 2015 targets, and he was seated directly behind the bench with his parents on Saturday night. Clover has a college-ready frame already, as a high school junior, as well as a zone-busting stroke from three. Shooters have such value at the college level, and Clover's recruitment tells you that. In addition to St. Joe's, Clover has offers from Temple, Villanova, La Salle, Drexel, Rider, and San Jose State, to name a few.
While Chris Clover's name isn't a new one to those that follow Hawk recruiting, Arkel Ager is certainly a new one. Ager, a 6'5 wing guard from St. Joseph's High School (CT), took in Saturday night's game at Hagan Arena as well. According to his AAU program, Expressions Elite, Ager went to the Temple-Villanova game in the afternoon, then made the trip to Hawk Hill for SJU-UMass. Ager's name is one to store in the memory bank for Hawk fans. St. Joe's, Providence, St. John's, Temple, UConn, Fairfield, and Quinnipiac are rumored to be among the schools involved in his recruitment..
Another new name for Hawk fans is that of point guard Justin Robinson, from St. James (MD). According to Coach Don Shopland's twitter account, Robinsons is being recruited by Temple, George Mason, Cincinnati, St. Joe's, Old Dominion, Providence, American, Butler, Iowa, Harvard, Princeton, and St. Peter's. Obviously that is a length list, and one that likely features schools seriously involved as well as those just sniffing around.
Scout's Evan Daniels saw Robinson in December at the National Hoops Festival and had this to say about the 6'1 point guard. ‘The surprise of the day, Robinson, a 6-foot-1 lead guard, impressed with his vision and passing ability. He tossed out eight, including four in transition. The southpaw knows how to run a team and is truly a pass first guard. With that said, he's certainly a capable scorer. He hit a step back three-pointer and a pair of tough finishes at the rim. To go with his eight assists, Robinson scored 12 points and secured five rebounds."
St. Joe's hosts Saint Louis on Wednesday and then VCU on Saturday. Both games will be opportunities for the SJU coaching staff to host top priority recruits. Hawk Hill Hardwood will have all those
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