Friday night notes

On Friday afternoon, Saint Joseph's released the final information relating to the 2014-2015 schedule. The Hawks will participate in the NIT Season Tip-Off, which features a cross-country trip to play a preseason top 25 team. Inside, get the latest as well as a few recruiting tidbits.

Saint Joseph's final 2014-2015 schedule was released on Friday afternoon, complete with information regarding the NIT Season Tip-Off. During the upcoming season, the Hawks will have a minimum of 17 games televised, with 12 during conference play. According to the press release, the television schedule and game times will be released in the coming weeks.

The Hawks will tip off the season with a home game against Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday, November 14th. The Hawks then travel to University City on Monday the 17th to play city rival Drexel at the DAC.

In what is a surprisingly short turnaround, the Hawks will then fly cross-country to Washington to take on Mark Few's Gonzaga Bulldogs on Wednesday, November 19th. That is SJU's opening game of the NIT Season Tip-Off, and will be played at 11 o'clock Eastern Time on ESPNU.

The Hawks will then fly back home to Philadelphia, where they will get a return game from Vermont at Hagan Arena on Saturday, November 22nd. Three days later, on the 25th, the Hawks will play their second NIT game, at home against LIU before traveling to Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving to play Western Kentucky in their final NIT contest. That game will tip at 6 o'clock and be televised nationally on ESPNU.

On December 3rd, the Hawks will play Big 5 foe Temple at Hagan Arena, and then just three days later they will play Holy War rival Villanova on the road. The out-of-conference portion of the schedule rounds out with a home game against Loyola (MD) and then road games at Marist and then at Denver.

Atlantic 10 play begins on January 3rd with a home game against George Washington. Phil Martelli's bunch will then get road games at Duquesne and at VCU before returning home to play Fordham on Wednesday, February 14th.

A10 play rolls on with contests at Saint Bonaventure and at home against UMass before taking a one-game break for Penn at the Palestra on January 24th.

St. Joe's will then play their first of two games against La Salle on the road on January 27th before getting conference newcomer Davidson at home on the 31st. A February 3rd date with Saint Louis on the road will be an interesting one this year, as both SJU and SLU lost a lot in the offseason. Both teams will look significantly different than a year ago.

Back-to-back home games against George Mason and URI are then followed up by games at Fordham and Dayton. It sure seems like the Hawks play at Dayton annually, doesn't it? The Hawks defeated the Flyers three times last year en route to their conference championship and then watched the Flyers earn an at-large and make a memorable March run to the Sweet 16.

A home game against Saint Bonaventure on February 21st is followed up by a tough trip to Amherst to play UMass for the second time of the season. Following that, the Hawks return home to play Richmond and La Salle before taking to the road for the final game of the season, a March 7th game at Rhode Island.

The Atlantic 10 tournament then runs from March 11-15 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Shifting quickly now to the recruiting front, St. Joe's target Ernest Aflakpui is currently on his official visit to Temple. He visited Hawk Hill last weekend, is at Temple now, then will take his final two visits to VCU and URI before making his decision. The 6'9 2015 big man defends, rebounds, and has a rapidly improving offensive game. Any of these four programs would be lucky and thrilled to land him.

St. Joe's hosted 6'5 Bishop Kearney (NY) wing Quinton Rose for an unofficial visit last week. He was just the latest of many 2016 visitors to make the trip to Hawk Hill in August. A full run-down of that visitor list can be found on the Member's Only message board.

In the coming weeks, the Hawks will be getting an official visit from 6'7 Tabor (ME) forward Jesse Bunting, who is down to SJU, Fordham, Quinnipiac, and Duquesne. St. Joe's will also likely get a visit from 6'8 Bergen Catholic (NJ) forward Pierfrancesco Oliva in the coming weeks as well.

I will have a more in-depth look at St. Joe's out-of-conference schedule up this weekend, as well as any developments on the recruiting front.

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