Tuesday night news and notes

It was a busy day in the world of Hawk hoops on Tuesday. As first reported by Hawk Hill Hardwood, St. Joe's graduate Langston Galloway signed a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks. There was also news on the 2016 recruiting front. Get the latest on everything, including tomorrow night's game at Duquesne, inside.

The biggest news of the day was St. Joe's graduate Langston Galloway signing a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks. The news, which was first reported by Hawk Hill Hardwood, came just a day after the Knicks dealt guards Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith in a significant three-team trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Galloway has been terrific this year for the Westchester Knicks. On the year, he averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.7 steals in the NBA D-League. He will now be given the opportunity to show what he can do at the NBA level. The Knicks currently have guards Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Tim Hardaway Jr, and Pablo Prigioni on the roster. Galloway will be eligible to play tomorrow night in Washington, and with the Knicks relatively thin at the two guard spots, it's not unforeseeable to think that he sees some minutes.

Last month, Galloway's teammate at St. Joe's, Ronald Roberts Jr, got called up from the Delaware 87ers to the Philadelphia 76ers. That call-up was short-lived though, as Roberts spent just two days up in the NBA before being waived. He is now back with the 87ers.

While the Langston Galloway news was clearly the biggest of the day, there was also news on the recruiting front Tuesday. Vantage Hoops' Corey Pegram reported Monday night that St. Joe's extended a new offer in the 2016 class. St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli spent Sunday afternoon in Washington DC watching Bishop O'Connell and St. John's College. That viewing resulted in a new offer to St. John's junior guard Jeff Dowtin.

Dowtin is a 6'3 combo guard at St. John's College High School who played for the DC Blue Devils last summer on the travel circuit. He has had somewhat of a breakout year this year alongside high-major recruit Anthony Cowan. With Phil Martelli watching on, Dowtin hit two threes and dropped 18 points in a big win over O'Connell. Dowtin has the reputation of a shot-maker, both off the bounce and catch, and from both mid-range and deep. He had four threes and 21 points in a win over Good Counsel (MD) earlier this year. He also had three threes and 17 points in the season-opener against DeMatha (MD).

At the moment, the St. Joe's offer is Dowtin's biggest name offer. He also holds reported offers from the likes of Rice, Loyola (MD), Boston University, Winthrop, Florida Gulf Coast, and others. With good size at 6'3, ability to play both guard spots, and the ability to knock down shots from deep, it's understandable why St. Joe's extended an offer his way.

The Hawks traveled to Western Pennsylvania on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Wednesday night's game against Duquesne. St. Joe's enters at 6-6, and 0-1 in league play following Saturday's home loss against George Washington. Duquesne enters at 5-7 on the year, and 0-1 in Atlantic 10 play.

The Dukes got hammered on the road in their league opener, losing 81-55 at Dayton. After starting the year 3-1, the Dukes are 2-6 in their last eight. Their two wins in that stretch were at home against UMass-Lowell and UT Pan American.

Duquesne is led by junior guard Derrick Colter, who averages 11.8 points per game. He is a streaky shooter capable of going off from deep, like he did in the season opener against Bluefield State when he went 7-8 from downtown. He also went 4-6 from three in an 84-81 loss to NJIT.

Speaking of three-point shooting, the Dukes feature one of the best snipers in the nation in junior sharp-shooter Micah Mason. Mason shot a remarkable 56% from deep last year, going 65-116 on the year. His numbers are down this year, but against a team that has a history for failing to mark three-point shooters, Micah Mason is a name to remember tomorrow night. In the Dukes' most recent win, against UMass-Lowell, Mason went 5-5 from three. Look for James Demery and DeAndre Bembry to take turns on Mason, disrupting him and trying to body him up physically.

The game opened up as a pick 'em in Vegas, and the line hasn't fluctuated at all since opening. Tip off at the Palumbo Center is 7 o'clock, and the game can be heard on WNTP 990 AM. Hawk Hill Hardwood will have full coverage post-game.

Hawk Hill Hardwood Top Stories