June 25: News and Notes

It's a busy day in the City of Brotherly Love, and not just regarding the forthcoming NBA Draft. La Salle and St. Joe's played host to a well-regarded 2015 guard, while Temple made a significant move on their coaching staff. That move could very well lead to Temple landing one of the top 2015 point guards in the country. All the latest is inside.

Patterson Mill (MD) combo guard C.J. Keyser has been busy over the past week. The 6'4 combo guard, who visited both Rhode Island and Providence a week ago, visited La Salle and St. Joe's on Wednesday. Keyser is also being recruited by the likes of Rutgers, Temple, Georgetown, and others.

After taking these visits, Keyser will play in the Reebok Challenge Breakout from July 8-11 before playing his AAU ball with Mid-Atlantic Select during the rest of July. Keyser's athleticism and ball-handling make him such an attractive target for schools at the Atlantic 10 level and up.

St. Joe's is actively involved with a number of shooting guards, including Trey Lowe, Chris Clover, Fletcher Magee, Jared Wilson-Frame, and several others.

On Wednesday morning, Philadelphia Inquirer staff writer Matt Breen reported that Temple is poised to hire former Owl Rick Brunson as an assistant coach. Why exactly is this noteworthy? Rick's son, Jalen, is the 2nd-best point guard in the class of 2015 according to Scout. The 6-foot point guard is a sure-fire McDonald's All-American, and would appear very likely to follow his father's footsteps to North Broad.

If Rick, and then Jalen, land at Temple, it could have a huge impact on where things go in the class of 2015 for not only Temple, but also St. Joe's. The Owls would be considered a favorite for Levan Alston, the 6'3 Haverford School (PA) and Team Final combo guard. Where would that leave the Owls with Trey Lowe and Chris Clover, both of whom have offers from the Hawks and Owls?

Recent St. Joe's graduates Ronald Roberts and Langston Galloway have been busy all spring with NBA workouts. Roberts has had 15 NBA workouts, according to Adam Zagoria, including one with the Brooklyn Nets today. Galloway worked out with Philadelphia, Indiana, Miami. Minnesota, and Houston. Neither Roberts nor Galloway are currently in any mock drafts, but it is not out of the realm of possibility that Roberts hears his name near the end of the 2nd round. Both look primed to make summer league rosters, however.

Lastly, I will be sitting down with St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli prior to the first July live period. We will be discussing a myriad of topics, including any that Hawk Hill Hardwood subscribers send my way. I will have details on this in the coming days.

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