St. Joe's has two commitments in the 2015 class already, and is currently involved with several senior forward targets. In early August, Neumann-Goretti (PA) point guard Lamarr Kimble and St. Joe's Prep (PA) shooting guard Chris Clover pledged to Phil Martelli and the Hawks.
The Hawk coaching staff isn't finished, as they have a total of four scholarships to play with in the 2015 class. Two weeks ago, Archbishop Carroll (PA) post Ernest Aflakpui took an official visit to St. Joe's. He followed that up with a trip down North Broad Street to Temple, and will take visits to VCU and Rhode Island later this month. The 6'8 forward, who picked up offers from the likes of Memphis, St. John's, Providence, Seton Hall, and more in July, is also now considering Saint Louis. SLU visited Aflakpui on Thursday.
6'8 forward Pierfrancesco Oliva took an unofficial visit to St. Joe's on Friday afternoon. The Bergen Catholic (NJ) forward picked up a St. Joe's offer in July playing his AAU ball with The City. Oliva moved to the United States from Italy last year, and I spoke with his head coach at Bergen Catholic about him in August. During that conversation, head coach Billy Armstrong told Hawk Hill Hardwood that St. Joe's, St. Bonaventure, William and Mary, Davidson, and Elon were the five schools recruiting the skilled forward the hardest.
Armstrong described Oliva as "a point-forward type" whose "instincts for the game are great." He went on, saying, "His strength is his passing, especially inside-out passing." Defensively, Armstrong stated that Pierfrancesco "is an outstanding shot-blocker."
After hosting Aflakpui last weekend and Oliva today, the staff will prepare for another visit next weekend. This one, an official, will come from Tabor (ME) power forward Jesse Bunting. Bunting is a hyper-athletic, high-major 6'7 forward who played his AAU ball with well-regarded Expressions Elite. Bunting is currently on an official visit to Quinnipiac, and already took officials to Fordham and Duquesne. He is expected to pick from St. Joe's, Fordham, Quinnipiac, and Duquesne shortly after concluding his official visits.
How exactly does this all pan out for the Hawks? My best guess is that they end up landing one of these "skilled forwards" that Coach Phil Martelli alluded to during Hawk Hill Hardwood's video interview with the head coach in July. Oliva, Bunting, and still others, such as West De Pere (WI) forward Cody Schwartz would seem to fit that bill. The fourth scholarship could then either be used on a "best available" type, such as Ernest Aflakpui, or pocketed for a transfer or the 2016 class. Continue to follow along here for all the latest developments.
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