Summer Classic East: Wednesday Notebook

The second July live recruiting period got underway on Wednesday evening. The Peach Jam and the Under Armour Final are two of the biggest events of this period. Closer to home, Hoop Group put on the Summer Classic East. One rising senior with a St. Joe’s offer put on a show while a local 2016 big man caught our eye.

St. Joe’s has four scholarships to play with in the 2015 class. Head Hawk Phil Martelli told Hawk Hill Hardwood that the plan was to sign a point guard, a shooting wing, a skilled big, and then use the fourth scholarship as a sort of wild card. It could be used on another big, on a transfer, or in another capacity. On Wednesday evening, Hawk Hill Hardwood watched two 2015 Hawk recruiting targets.

6’5 Believe Prep (NC) wing guard Jared Wilson-Frame runs with Expressions Elite on the AAU circuit alongside 6’7 Tabor Academy (ME) power forward Jesse Bunting. Both players hold St. Joe’s offers, and both were watched by Hawk assistant Mark Bass in their 8:20 game Wednesday night.

It was the 6’5 Wilson-Frame that absolutely dazzled in a win over Team Final Black. By my count, the wing guard tallied 21 points, scoring from all three levels. Jared began the game by knocking down a triple from the right wing. He followed that up with an offensive rebound and putback, then moments later was fouled on a three, and converted two of the free throws. In a matter of minutes, the Connecticut native was already up to 7 points.

He didn’t stop there. On three separate occasions, he scored off steals, twice getting and-ones. In addition to his three and his relentless attacking of the basket, Wilson-Frame also connected on a mid-range pull-up jumper. While he was at his best scoring the ball, he also threw a gorgeous outlet pass after corralling a defensive rebound. It was an eye-opening performance. St. Joe’s offered Jared back in May, and he is a player that is squarely in the mix. City of Basketball Love reported last night that Frame-Wilson is looking most closely at St. Joe’s, Rhode Island, Providence, Hofstra, and Minnesota. His is a name that Hawk fans can probably put at the top of their proverbial 2015 wish list at the wing alongside the likes of Chris Clover and Trey Lowe.

While Jared Wilson-Frame put on an offensive show, it was a quiet night for Jesse Bunting. He finished with just 2 points on 1-5 shooting. Touches were few and far between for the athletic, strong 6’7 forward. Jesse rebounded the ball well for Expressions Elite, set hard screens for Wilson-Frame and Aaron Falzon. It was tough to get too much of a read on him offensively due to the lack of touches. There is a lot to like in terms of energy, motor, toughness, and athleticism. Hard to tell beyond that though. Iona, St. Joe’s, and Northeastern are among the offers for the high-energy big man.

After watching Expressions Elite take care of business against Team Final Black, I made my way over to watch House of Sports NY and Team PA. It was a battle of two well-regarded big men. 6’9 2015 House of Sports center Jonathan Nwankwo and 6’10 Team PA stretch 4 Dylan Painter went to battle.

Nwankwo, who recently picked up an offer from Tennessee, and is being looked at by both Temple and St. Joe’s locally, is an absolute monster in the paint. He’s every bit of 6’9 with long arms, broad shoulder, and a bit of a nasty streak to him on the court. He was able to get the best of Painter and Team PA forward Andrew Eudy inside. Nwankwo provided one of the night’s highlights when he threw down a big two-handed flush over Painter.

While Nwankwo got the best of Painter inside, and is currently the more household name, Dylan Painter caught my eye. At 6’10, Painter needs to add weight to his frame, but the appeal in his game is his ability to stretch the floor. That being said, he was playing up at the 17u level in this one. He showed off an ability to hit from three, and is most comfortable on the perimeter and in pick-and-pop situations. While it was only one look, Painter looks like a 2016 who could really see some significant recruiting attention at the mid to high level as a pick-and-pop, stretch type of forward. He already holds a La Salle offer and is already on the St. Joe’s radar. His is a name that we will likely be hearing more of over the coming year.

This second live period rolls on through the weekend. Stay tuned to the Scout network for updates from coast to coast.

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