To say that July is one of the most important months of the college basketball calendar sounds absurd to the average, casual basketball fan. The fact of the matter, however, is that recruiting is the lifeblood of a college program, and July is the most important month on the recruiting calendar. The three July live periods are as follows: July 9-13, 16-20, and 23-27.
The first live period, which begins at 5 o'clock next Wednesday, then runs through the weekend. The Reebok Breakout Challenge runs the 8th through the 11th, and then the Elevate Hoops Showdown runs the 12th and 13th. Both events take place at Philadelphia University. I will be on hand for both events. While official rosters have yet to be released for the Breakout Challenge, I do know that 2015 St. Joe's Prep (PA) shooting guard Chris Clover and 2015 Patterson Mill (MD) combo guard C.J. Keyser will be participating. Both hold Hawk offers. Ewing (NJ) shooting guard Trey Lowe and Neumann-Goretti (PA) point guard Lamarr Kimble were initially scheduled to play but switched up.
The Showdown then takes place next weekend, involving the players mentioned above as well as Hawk targets such as Ernest Aflakpui. Aflakpui, a 6'8 post from Archbishop Carroll (PA) runs with We R-1, and they are one of the dozens of teams that will be playing at Philadelphia University next weekend. Next week will also be my first chance to really dive into the 2016 recruiting class.
During the second July live period, I will be in King of Prussia for the Hoop Group Summer Classic East. Schedules for that have yet to be released as well, but I know that Expressions Elite will be one of the countless high-level programs competing. Expressions played last year and will be once again this year. 6'7 2015 forward Jesse Bunting from Tabor (MA) picked up a Hawk offer this spring, and he is one player I will be checking in on at Hoop Group. His AAU teammate, 6'3 wing guard Jared Wilson-Frame, also picked up a Hawk offer this spring. CJ Keyser's Mid-Atlantic Select team will also be at Hoop Group. The Jersey Shore Warriors are a program that compete in the Hoop Group events every year, and they have a few 2016 players that I will be getting a first look at.
Finally, I will be closing out the month, the third period, with the Summer Final. The event, put on by Team Final, was strong last year and should be once again this year. Team lists are not yet released, but it is worth a trip solely for Team Final. Team Final's 17s include Trey Lowe and Lamarr Kimble, who I will finally get to see. Team Final's 16s feature a handful of 2016 players already being contacted by St. Joe's. 6'7 wing DeAndre Hunter collected a Hawk offer last week at SJU's Team Camp, as first reported by Josh Verlin. Westtown (PA) point guard Jair Bolden and Chester (PA) forward Marqiuse Collins are two other Team Final guys that have drawn early attention from the St. Joe's coaching staff.
I can only get to so many events during July. The beauty of the Scout network, however, is that the national team will be everywhere. Between Brian Snow, Evan Daniels, Josh Gershon, and Rob Harrington, Scout will be able to get to many places that I am unable to get to, such as the Peach Jam, Peach State, Adidas Invitational, Adidas Super 64, and more. Hawk Hill Hardwood will have your St. Joe's recruiting coverage, both from me and from Scout's wonderful national team.
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