Sunday night round-up

On Sunday evening, Archbishop Carroll (PA) senior post Ernest Aflakpui ended his recruitment. He had trimmed his list to St. Joe's, Temple, VCU, Rhode Island, and Saint Louis. The talented 6'9 center selected Fran Dunphy's Temple Owls on Sunday night. Read more inside.

With Ernest Aflakpui's commitment to Temple, Fran Dunphy has secured a tremendous 2015 recruiting class on North Broad Street. The 6'9 Aflakpui joins 6'4 combo guard Levan Alston and 6'6 wing guard Trey Lowe. After several years filled with recruiting misses, and seeing Jalen Brunson go to rival Villanova in 2015, Aflakpui's commitment was a big one for the Owls. Alston, Lowe, and Aflakpui all have the opportunity to be impact players in the AAC.

While it's a great night to be an Owl fan, St. Joe's fans are inevitably disappointed regarding Ernest's commitment to a Big 5 rival. At the moment, St. Joe's has a two-person 2015 recruiting class. In a span of only 48 hours in early August, St. Joe's landed two Philadelphia Catholic League guards. 5'11 Neumann-Goretti (PA) point guard Lamarr Kimble and 6'4 St. Joe's Prep (PA) wing guard Chris Clover give St. Joe's two more pieces in the backcourt. When they arrive on Hawk Hill, Shavar Newkirk and James Demery will be sophomores and DeAndre Bembry a junior.

Last week, West de Pere (WI) forward Cody Schwartz committed to San Jose State. While not an apparent priority recruit, Schwartz had received an SJU offer over the summer. When he committed, I posted that St. Joe's had two primary targets remaining. With Aflakpui's commitment to Temple on Sunday, that number has dwindled to one.

6'8 Italian native, and Bergen Catholic (NJ) senior, Pierfrancesco Oliva appears to be the last standing priority target for the Hawks. Oliva has a European skill set, with an above-average handle and excellent passing ability for a 6'8 forward. Pierfrancesco visited St. Joe's in early September, and shortly after his visit, a source close to his recruitment told Hawk Hill Hardwood that he was "an SJU lean." Look for Oliva to see even more attention from St. Joe's now. It would not come at all as a surprise if his recruitment came to a close in the near future.

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