June 14th recruiting rundown

We are a little over three weeks away from the beginning of the July live recruiting periods. Today, Hawk Hill Hardwood begins to break down July events of relevance to St. Joe's, while also looking ahead to next week's St. Joe's high school team camp and the approaching summer league. All the latest is inside.

It has been a relatively quiet month of June surrounding the Hawks. The Saint Joseph's coaching staff was able to get local targets Chris Clover and Lamarr Kimble on campus for unofficial visits last week, and they are still trying to hammer out a date to get Ewing (NJ) shooting guard Trey Lowe on campus.

At the moment, St. Joe's is arguably the biggest name to offer Neumann-Goretti (PA) point guard Lamarr Kimble. Kimble will run with Nike's Team Final during July, playing in the Peach Jam alongside Trey Lowe, Syracuse commit Malachi Richardson, Villanova commit Donte Divincenzo, high-major target Levan Alston, and others.

Both Kimble and Lowe will participate in July's Reebok Breakout Challenge this summer. Hawk targets C.J. Keyser and Chris Clover will also participate in the event, which will take place July 8-11 at Philadelphia University. Full rosters have yet to be released, but that is an event that will certainly draw the Hawk coaching staff. Hawk Hill Hardwood will also be in attendance at Philly U.

Chris Clover, who will play at Reebok, is currently playing this weekend with St. Joe's Prep (PA) at the Villanova Team Camp. Josh Verlin of City of Basketball Love spoke with Clover yesterday, and he reiterated that St. Joe's and Temple are the two schools coming at him the hardest, and are therefore his leaders. That has long been considered to be the case with the 6'4 wing guard.

St. Joe's will be putting on their team camp next weekend. It runs Friday night through Sunday. A schedule has not yet been released, but when it is, I will have it here. The event usually draws a collection of the Philadelphia area's better high school programs. Last year, I watched Archbishop Carroll, St. Joe's Prep, Philadelphia Electric, and more over on Hawk Hill. I will be making the trip to SJU next weekend to take in this year's camp as well.

With team camp next weekend, and the July live periods right around the corner, things are likely to pick up in terms of recruiting news.

St. Joe's freshman class will be coming on campus next weekend. The class, one of the top in the Atlantic 10, includes point guard Shavar Newkirk, wing guard James Demery, power forward Markell Lodge, and center Obi Romeo. All four are expected to compete for minutes from the jump next season. The freshmen, plus the returning players, are expected to play once again this year in a summer league.

Last season, the Hawks played in the Delco Pro-Am. It began on June 26th and ran through the beginning of August. This year's schedule and roster has yet to be released, but it should be kicking off in the next two weeks. That league will provide Hawk fans an early opportunity to see the well-regarded incoming recruiting class.

Tomorrow is an important date on the recruiting calendar. June 15th is the first date that allows contact between coaching staffs and high school sophomores. The 2016 class is a very good one locally, with players such as DeAndre Hunter, Lamar Stevens, Josh Sharkey, Jabri McCall, Myles Powell, and more. Beginning tomorrow, coaches are permitted to contact these recruits directly. I would fully expect the SJU coaching staff to be busy on their phones tomorrow reaching out to dozens of 2016 names.

I will compile a list of players that the staff reaches out to in the coming days. I will also have the SJU team camp schedule on site in the coming days. Stay tuned.

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