2015 recruiting database

Coming off an Atlantic 10 championship and an NCAA tournament berth, Saint Joseph's is actively pursuing over a dozen rising seniors on the recruiting trail. Inside, Hawk Hill Hardwood has a complete list of all reported offers in the 2015 class, as well as insight into each of the prospects.

When looking at the offers, it is immediately apparent that the Saint Joseph's coaching staff is looking to sign three players in the 2015 class: a point guard, shooting guard, and a big. They are looking to build on the success they had in the 2014 class, where they reeled in James Demery, Shavar Newkirk, Markell Lodge, and Obi Romeo. It's a class widely considered among the best in the Atlantic 10.

St. Joe's will only have one point guard on the roster in 2014-2015, and he (Shavar Newkirk) has yet to play a collegiate game. Therefore, it makes sense that the staff is looking to add another lead guard in 2015. There currently appear to be five offers out to point guards. Traci Carter, a 6-foot lead guard from Life Center Academy (NJ) and We R-1 is the name that has been circulating the longest. A tremendous defender, Carter is a South Philly native, and plays with that trademark Philadelphia toughness. He is capable of knocking down perimeter jumpers, but is best attacking the rim. Scout has him as the 11th-ranked point guard nationally in 2015.

Carter is not the only Philly point guard with a Hawk offer in 2015. Lamarr Kimble, who plays for South Philly powerhouse Neumann-Goretti (PA) and runs with Nike-based Team Final, also boasts an SJU offer. Kimble checks in right around 5'11, and is a true, pass-first lead guard. It is rare to see Kimble out of sorts, and watching him play, you can't tell if his squad is winning by 20 or losing by 20. At Neumann, and for Team Final, he does a lot more winning than losing, though.

In addition to Carter and Kimble, St. Joe's also has offers out to point guards Terrence Phillips, Justin Robinson, and Jonathan Jean. Phillips is a 5'10 lead guard from Oak Hill Academy (VA) and Nike-based CP3. Phillips has been one of the better lead guards in the EYBL this season, and also hosts offers from the likes of Western Kentucky, Georgia State, and interest from Auburn and others. Jean is a scoring guard who attends East Bay (FL) High School and runs with Nike Team Florida on the EYBL. Like Kimble and Phillips, Jean is a sub-6 footer.

The final point guard with a Hawk offer just may be the best of the bunch. St. James (MD) 6'1 point guard Justin Robinson picked up an offer from the Hawks after the April Live Period. Robinson also has offers from Temple, Illinois, UNLV, Maryland, UMass, Penn State, and countless others. Of the five point guards with Hawk offers, Robinson is likely the best perimeter shooter. With his impressive offer sheet, Robinson would appear, to the naked eye, like the most difficult pull of the five offers. As they showed with James Demery and DeAndre Bembry, however, the St. Joe's staff will be more than willing to battle with the big-name schools for their top targets. Scout has Robinson ranked 17th nationally in 2015 at the point guard position.

We now turn out attention to the two-guard position, where the Hawks have done their due diligence and extended a handful of offers. St. Joe's Prep (PA) shooting guard Chris Clover, a 6'4 off-guard who plays on the interior for The Prep, has seen his stock really rise in the past year. In addition to an offer from the Hawks, Clover holds offers from Villanova, Temple, La Salle, Rider, San Jose State, and others. Clover would appear to be one of the Hawks' top overall targets in 2015.

AAU teammates Trey Lowe and Levan Alston of Team Final also hold Hawk offers. Lowe, a 6'5 (and growing) guard from Ewing (NJ) holds offers from the likes of St. Joe's, Temple, VCU, Seton Hall, Rutgers, and more. Lowe grew at least three or four inches during the past year, and doesn't appear finished. As he sprouts up, his stock is doing the same. Lowe is a capable ball-handler, adequate passer, and possesses a great shooting stroke. He can fill it up. As he adds weight, which he desperately needs, he should only see his stock elevate further. Alston attends The Haverford School (PA), and like Lowe, has seen his stock skyrocket this spring. A 6'3 combo guard, Alston shot the lights out at the Nike EYBL event in California during the April Live Period. St. Joe's, Temple, Notre Dame, VCU, and others have offered. There is a chance that Alston played his way out of St. Joe's reach with his play in April.

6'4 combo guard Malik Ellison has as much upside as nearly any player in the region. The son of former pro Pervis Ellison, Malik is still growing, both physically and in his game. However, his game screams potential. Watching Malik grow, as I have over the past year, it isn't out of the realm of possibility to see him one day donning an NBA uniform. He has athleticism, length, great court awareness, and a developing jumper. He holds an offer from Maryland, as well as significant high-major interest elsewhere. I would be very surprised to see Elllison remain local, despite both Temple and St. Joe's offers.

In addition to tri-state targets Clover, Alston, Ellison, and Lowe, St. Joe's also has offers out to two-guards C.J. Keyser, Fletcher Magee, Jared Frame Wilson, and Kenny Williams. Keyser, a freakish 6'4 combo guard out of Maryland, was offered by the Hawks last summer, and also has Penn State, Temple, and more involved. Magee, Frame Wilson, and Williams are all more recent offers.

Magee is yet another Nike EYBL recruit. The 6'4 shooter runs with Each 1 Teach 1. Magee has significant mid-major interest, with the Atlantic 10 at the higher end of his offer list to date. Frame Wilson, a 6'4 wing, was offered by the Hawks this past week, according to Jamie Shaw. Frame Wilson is a streaky, but dangerous, perimeter shooter who runs with Expressions Elite on the EYBL and plays his high school ball at Believe Prep in North Carolina. Lastly, Kenny Williams is a 6'2 shooting guard out of LC Bird (VA). On the AAU circuit, he is teammates with Hawk target Justin Robinson with Boo Williams. Kenny is one of the most dangerous perimeter shooters on the EYBL, and is being recruited accordingly. He projects to the high major level. Chris Clover, Trey Lowe, Levan Alston, Malik Ellison, CJ Keyser, Jared Frame Wilson, Fletcher Magee, and Kenny Williams are the seven wing guards in 2015 that have either announced Hawk offers or have reportedly collected offers from the Saint Joseph's coaching staff.

Lastly, we turn our eyes to the frontcourt. There is a blend of back-to-the-basket guys and stretch posts here, as well as one combo forward.

The name that Hawk fans are likely most familiar with is Archbishop Carroll (PA) post Ernest Aflakpui. A 6'9 center, Aflakpui runs with We R-1 on the AAU circuit. Drexel, Temple, Saint Joseph's, and San Diego State are just a few of Aflakpui's offers. I would not be shocked to see him land at either Temple or on Hawk Hill. Scout has Aflakpui as the 20th-ranked center nationally in 2015.

In addition to Ernest, St. Joe's has offers out to North Carolina forward Luke Maye, Ohio combo forward Kipper Nichols, Maryland stretch 4 Develle Phillips, athletic 4-man Jesse Bunting. Maye, Nichols, Phillips, and Bunting all collected Hawk offers this spring.

Luke Maye, a 6'7 forward with Team United, has been one of the most productive scorers and rebounders through four EYBL events this spring. Maye is a more-than-capable three-point shooter, can lead the break, and sees the floor well. And this is all at a wide 6'7-6'8. Watching film of Maye, it is hard not to see traces of Halil Kanacevic in his game. Maye also has offers from the likes of Notre Dame and Gonzaga. He won't be an easy get for the SJU coaching staff. Maye's offer was first reported by Rick Lewis.

6'7 combo forward Kipper Nichols was offered by the Hawks last week, reported Cleveland.com boy's basketball writer David Cassilo. Nichols, of all five forwards here, likely possesses the best ball skills. He attends St. Edward's (OH) and runs with King James Shooting Stars in the EYBL. According to Cassilo, Nichols holds offers from Dayton, Duquesne, Penn State, St. Joe's, San Francisco, and Xavier. He certainly has the look, at least on film, of a big-time player.

Develle Phillips is a 6'7 stretch 4 who attends Clinton Christian (MD) and runs with DC Assault. St. Joe's has had luck recently in Maryland with rising junior Isaiah Miles. Scout currently has Phillips as the #23-ranked power forward in the 2015 class. Xavier and Cincinnati are among the other schools involved.

Lastly, 6'7 forward Jesse Bunting of Tabor Academy (MA) and Jesse Bunting, holds an offer from the Hawks. Iona and Holy Cross are his other two offers. Bunting is a high-energy, athletic, tough 4 who is far from a finished product. However, he possesses the athleticism and toughness at the 4 that will intrigue mid-major teams, and possibly some high-majors.

Above are 18 2015 recruits that hold offers from Saint Joseph's. This is a fluid list, with names eventually removed due to commitments elsewhere, as well as new names added during the July evaluation periods. Hawk Hill Hardwood is the best place on the net to keep up to date with all of your St. Joe's basketball information

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