Hawks offer 2016 guard

On Wednesday, St. Joe's head coach Phil Martelli made the trek north to St. Thomas More (CT) to check in on junior guard Christian Vital. Martelli didn't leave without extending an offer to the sharp-shooting 2016 guard. Get insight into the Hawks' newest offer inside.

Christian Vital is a name that has been on Saint Joseph's radar for some time, but it wasn't until head Hawk Phil Martelli visited Vital on Wednesday that an offer was extended. Vital is a 6'2 New York City native who attends St. Thomas More Prep in Connecticut.

Vital is being recruited aggressively at the Atlantic 10 level and above, with a handful of offers already in pocket. St. Joe's joins the likes of Boston College, Fordham, Duquesne, Boston University, and more. His reputation is that of a knock-down shooter, and that shooting ability has made him such a highly-coveted recruit.

St. Thomas More plays in the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), which is one of the top basketball conferences in the country, so Vital is accustomed to squaring off against elite talent. He is also used to playing alongside high-level Division 1 talent, as More also features UConn-bound Steven Enoch. St. Thomas More's season came to a close earlier this month at the hands of Brewster Academy, a team that features over half-a-dozen high-major recruits. In the loss, Vital led the way for St. Thomas More with 13 points.

This year's Hawk team had its fair share of deficiencies, but perhaps none was more apparent than the lack of perimeter shooting. In the 2015 recruiting class, the coaching staff brings in three players who should help in that regard, in shooting guard Chris Clover, point guard Lamarr Kimble, and forward Pierfrancesco Oliva. Clover is arguably the best shooter of the bunch, but both Kimble and Oliva are more than capable of knocking down shots from the perimeter.

That being said, it's clear that one of the coaching staff's top wants in the 2016 recruiting class is going to be a knock-down perimeter shooter. Christian Vital seems to fit that mold. He will be playing his AAU ball this spring and summer with the PSA Cardinals on the Nike EYBL. PSA used to be known as Team Scan, and is the program that current Hawk Shavar Newkirk played his AAU ball with.

Over the coming days, I hope to speak with Vital to gain more insight into both his game and recruitment.

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