May 1st round-up

Tonight, Hawk Hill Hardwood takes a look inside the state of the Hawks. Saint Joseph's lost an all-time great earlier this week when former player and head coach Dr. Jack Ramsay passed. We look at his legacy as well as 2014 and 2015 recruiting targets inside.

Dr. Jack, as he was affectionately known, passed away earlier this week at the age of 89. He had been battling cancer for the better part of the past decade. Dr. Jack coached the Hawks for 11 years, compiling a 234-72 record. He also coached the Hawks to their only ever Final Four in 1961.

He left Hawk Hill in 1966 for a future in the NBA, where he served as coach, general manager, and broadcaster. Dr. Jack won an NBA championship with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977 as head coach.

In 1992, Dr. Ramsay was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. His legacy is so much more than the wins. His name will live on forever. Hawk Hill lost an all-timer this week.

On the recruiting front, we will begin with the 2014 class. 6'5 senior shooting guard Alex Gorski took an official visit to St. Joe's earlier this week. He tells Hawk Hill Hardwood that he is likely to decide "in the next day or two" and is likely to pick from St. Joe's, Loyola Marymount, and Wyoming.

Turning now to the 2015 class, one of St. Joe's top targets took a visit to another Atlantic 10 school this week. 6'9 Archbishop Carroll (PA) post Ernest Aflakpui visited VCU earlier this week, per Alex Kline. Aflakpui does not have an offer yet from the Rams. He did, however, collect an offer from Bruiser Flint and the Drexel Dragons this week. Aflakpui is one of St. Joe's top overall targets in the 2015 class.

St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli spent the April Live Period out in California at the Nike EYBL event. Lamarr Kimble, Levan Alston, Evan Fisher, and more were out in California. The Hawks were also represented by assistant coaches at the Pitt Jam Fest, where Aflakpui, Chris Clover, and countless others played

On the transfer market, Oregon State transfer Hallice Cooke is visiting Iowa State this weekend. St. Joe's is one of many schools that has been linked with the 6'3 guard that shot 46% from three as a freshman in the Pac 12.

Stay tuned to Hawk Hill Hardwood for Alex Gorski's college decision as well as any and all new developments within the 2015 class and on the transfer front.

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