In the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic today at Cheltenham High School, Neumann-Goretti (PA) took on Susquehanna (PA). The Saints earned a hard-fought 70-62 win over Susquehanna, and were led by 6-foot senior point guard Lamarr Kimble. The St. Joe’s-bound lead guard poured in 27 points for the Saints.
That wasn’t the only game at Cheltenham High School on Saturday. Earlier in the day, St. Joe’s other local 2015 commitment, Chris Clover, led St. Joe’s Prep (PA) past Frankford (PA). Clover, a 6’4 shooting guard, had 22 points and 5 rebounds in the win.
While Chris Clover and Lamarr Kimble have both played several games so far this year, the Hawks’ other 2015 commitment has yet to step on the court. That will all change tomorrow, when Pierfrancesco Oliva’s Bergen Catholic (NJ) team opens the season at home against Marist (NJ). A native of Italy, the 6’8 Oliva committed to St. Joe’s on November 25th.
Locally, there were a number of St. Joe’s 2016 targets in action as well over the past two days. Episcopal Academy (PA) squeaked past Friends’ Central (PA) 60-57 on Saturday afternoon. 6’7 Friends’ Central combo forward De’Andre Hunter had 20 points in the loss. Hunter is a priority recruit for the Hawks in the class of 2016.
Earlier in the week, St. Joe’s head coach Phil Martelli made the trip to watch Westtown (PA). The likely subject of his visit was 6’3 2016 guard Jair Bolden. Yesterday, Bolden erupted for 27 points in a win over a talented Sanford (PA) team. Bolden is one of several guards that SJU is tracking in 2016. The Hawks are also looking at St. Anthony (NJ) combo guard Jagan Mosely, St. Joe’s-Metuchen (NJ) guard Breein Tyree, and a handful of others.
On Tuesday night, I will be at Philadelphia University for St. Joe’s Prep and Germantown Academy. It will be my first look at Chris Clover since he ran with Philly Pride on the travel circuit in July.
St. Joe’s doesn’t return to action for a week. The Hawks will play at Marist next Saturday. Marist is 1-9, with their lone win against Fresno State. The Red Foxes lost by 17 to Penn and 15 to VMI last week. I will have a full preview up of that one next week.
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