April 9th News and Notes

The 2013-2014 college basketball season came to a close Monday evening with Kevin Ollie and the UConn Huskies cutting down the nets in Texas following a 60-54 national championship win over Kentucky. While the season is now over, the offseason is off to a running start. Get the latest, and how it could relate to St. Joe's, inside

In today's look around the state of the Hawks, we will examine the transfer market and also take a quick preview at the approaching April Live Periods.

Over the past week, a handful of past Hawk recruiting targets announced that they would be transferring. DC native Ahmad Fields, a 6'5 wing guard, will be leaving Utah. Fields averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game as a freshman with the Utes. As a member of the 2013 recruiting class, Fields took an official visit to Hawk Hill, and was long considered to be a Hawk lean. Now, he's back on the market. If I were handicapping whether the Hawks will pursue Fields, my heavy lean would be toward no. Fields, while a very promising player with untapped upside, is very similar to Aaron Brown as well as incoming freshman James Demery. A program like George Washington or George Mason, schools close to home and in the A10, would make a lot of sense for Fields.

In addition to Fields, UNC-Greensboro freshman Tevon Saddler announced that he would be transferring. Like Fields, Saddler was a DMV area guard who took an official visit to St. Joe's. Tevon had a terrific freshman year at Greensboro, averaging 12.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.9 boards per game en route to Souther Conference Rookie of the Year honors. While Saddler could split time at the point and at the two, he too could be too similar to the current guard crop of Demery, Brown, and DeAndre Bembry on Hawk Hill. I wouldn't completely rule out Martelli and the SJU coaching staff looking at Saddler, but I think it is more on the unlikely side.

Yesterday afternoon, Maryland announced the transfers of Nick Faust, Roddy Peters, and Shaq Cleare. Peters, a 6'4 freshman point guard, was at one point a major Hawk target in the 2013 class. He then blew up, gaining offers from the likes of Maryland, Kansas, and UCLA. Peters played early and often in College Station this year, then saw his minute decline when Seth Allen returned from injury. Peters averaged roughly 4 points and 2 assists with the Terps this year. Of these three, Peters is the one I could see the coaching staff most likely to pursue, as he is a point guard with great size. Peters could play alongside a smaller point guard like Shavar Newkirk. His situation could be one to monitor.

At the moment, the Hawks remain in tack for next season. There have been no announced transfers. Could that change? Yes. But as of now, I am not hearing any rumblings.

Hard as it is to believe, we are only 16 days away from the first live recruiting period of the 2014 season. The weekend of April 25th, college coaches will spread out coast-to-coast as they look to strengthen their rosters. The two biggest events pertaining to SJU recruiting are the Nike EYBL event in California and the Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest in Pittsburgh,

St. Joe's will have coaches at both of those events. Team Final , the NJ Playaz, and Expressions Elite are among the teams playing at the EYBL event in Sacramento that the Hawk coaching staff will be tracking.

The Pitt Jam Fest is where the coaching staff got their first look at James Demery last spring. It is also where they got their first look at Obi Romeo. Who could follow in their shoes this year at an event that has been good to the Hawks? We R-1, Team Philly, DC Assault, and more will be in western PA.

It should be an eventful month, between the live period and the transfer market. I will continue to update, both here and on the premium message board.

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