9/17 Odds and Ends

It's been a relatively busy week on the recruiting front at St. Joe's. One 2015 forward with the Hawks on his short list picked a fellow Atlantic 10 school and the Hawks extended two new offers in the class of 2016. Get all the latest inside.

2015 Tabor Academy (ME) power forward Jesse Bunting was slated to begin his official visit to St. Joe's tomorrow, Thursday September 18th. That visit will no longer happen, as the hyper-athletic 6'7 power forward committed to Fordham earlier this week. Bunting was down to Fordham, Duquesne, Quinnipiac, and St. Joe's.

With Bunting off the board to Fordham, and the Hawks apparently still in the market for a skilled forward in the 2015 class, it would appear that the staff is going to be in hot pursuit of 6'8 Bergen Catholic (NJ) forward Pierfrancesco Oliva. In addition, the Hawks are still very much in the mix with 6'9 Archbishop Carroll (PA) post Ernest Aflakpui. Aflakpui has already taken his officials to St. Joe's and Temple, with visits to VCU and Rhode Island the next two weekends. A decision should come shortly after those visits conclude.

St. Joe's already has two commitments in the 2015 class in the form of Neumann-Goretti (PA) point guard Lamarr Kimble and St. Joe's Prep (PA) shooting guard Chris Clover. Kimble and Clover will both be playing in the Philadelphia-New York City All-City Classic at Ben Franklin High School on September 27th. I will have full coverage of that day's games, which also feature a handful of the Hawks' 2016 recruiting targets.

Speaking of the 2016 class, the Hawk coaching staff has been extraordinarily active there already. After hosting a handful of juniors for unofficial visits in August, such as Quentin Rose, Dylan Painter, Justin Gorham, and Sam Green.

Earlier this week, two new 2016 offers went out from Phil Martelli and the SJU coaching staff. As first reported by Corey Evans, Phil Martelli made the trip to Boys' Latin (MD) on Monday to see 6'7 swingman Kodye Pugh. Pugh, who played this summer with We R-1, also holds offers from George Mason, Temple, Princeton, and Georgetown. Villanova, Iowa, and more are also now involved in his recruitment. Pugh has a smooth game, and one that will continue to blossom as he adds much-needed muscle to his lanky frame. He has great size at the wing though and is a prospect who screams upside.

After offering Kodye Pugh on Monday, the Hawk staff offered 6'2 St. Joe's-Metuchen (NJ) combo guard Breein Tyree on Tuesday night. That offer was first reported by Alex Kline. Tyree is an elite athlete, and that's not using the term loosely. He plays quarterback at St. Joe's-Metuchen, which makes sense when you consider that his cousin is David Tyree. Now, ready for this next fact? Breein was at one point ranked among the best youth soccer players in the world in his age group. He played in the World Youth Cup at the 15u level as a 12 year old. Then there's lacrosse. He was All-Freshman/Sophomore in the Star Ledger while a freshman at Rutgers Prep. The focus now, however, appears to be on the hardwood.

Moral of the story here is that whatever school ends up getting Breein Tyree in two years is getting a truly world-class evident. I got a chance to see Breein this past summer at the Reebok Breakout Challenge, and his toughness, athleticism, and basketball IQ stood out, even in such a loaded field.

I will have a full preview of the upcoming NYC-Philly All-City Classic tomorrow. Plus, all the latest on the recruiting front. I will also begin my 2014-2015 Hawk player profile series in the coming week. The season is right around the corner!

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