August 27th round-up

It's been a busy 24 hours on Hawk Hill, as St. Joe's hosted two 2016 recruiting targets for unofficial visits yesterday and then followed it up today with an official from one of their top remaining 2015 targets. Get all the latest, as well as a scheduling update, inside.

Since securing two big local commitments at the beginning of the month, it's been relatively quiet on Hawk Hill through the majority of August. Neumann-Goretti (PA) point guard Lamarr Kimble and St. Joe's Prep (PA) shooting guard Chris Clover, both 2015 recruits, committed to the Hawks within 48 hours of one another at the beginning of August. Since then, things on Hawk Hill have appeared quiet.

That changed yesterday when the Hawk coaching staff hosted two 2016 recruiting targets for visits. Moe Williams out of Life Center Academy (NJ) and Arkel Ager-Lamar out of St. Thomas More (CT) both made unofficial visits to St. Joe's yesterday, as first reported by The Recruit Scoop's Alex Kline. Williams was impressive this past summer as he ran with We R-1, and now makes the move from Delaware to New Jersey for the coming high school season. He is certainly a player to monitor over the coming year. Ager-Lamar has already tripped to Hawk Hill, as he took in a game last season. The 6'5 shooting guard picked up an offer from St. John's on Monday and then followed that up with trips to SJU and Temple on Tuesday, per his AAU coach.

After hosting two juniors yesterday, senior Ernest Aflakpui begins his official visit to St. Joe's this afternoon. Aflakpui, a 6'8 big man out of Archbishop Carroll (PA) just returned to the states from his native Ghana, where he was visiting his family. Ernest had a sensational July with We R-1, and in the process collected offers from the likes of Memphis, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's, and more.

Now he appears to be honing in on four specific schools. Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com reported this morning that Aflakpui will visit St. Joe's this week, Temple next week, and then VCU and Rhode Island at the end of September. All four visits will be officials.

St. Joe's has two players already committed in the 2015 class, and can take two more. The Hawks are targeting a face-up four and then plan to use the other scholarship on the best available other player. Ernest Aflakpui would fit that second bill, and there is no downplaying how significant a pull he would be for the Hawks. His motor, athleticism, and rapidly improving offensive game make him a likely impact player in the Atlantic 10.

On Wednesday afternoon, St. Joe's released their 2014-2015 conference schedule. The Hawks will appear on national television nine times during A10 play, with five games on CBS Sports, three on NBC Sports, and one on ESPNU. Four additional games will be televised regionally by the Atlantic 10 Network. That means that those in the Philadelphia and New York markets are likely to get 13 of the Hawks' Atlantic 10 games televised this season.

The Hawks will begin the 2014-2015 season on November 14th with FDU. They will hang their 2013-2014 Atlantic 10 Champions banner then. The Hawks will begin Atlantic 10 play on January 3rd when they host George Washington at Hagan Arena.

St. Joe's non-conference schedule has been released in part, but their opponents in the NIT Season Tip-Off have yet to be announced. Once they are, a complete 2014-2015 schedule will be released.

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