April Live Period Primer

The national championship game is being played tonight between Wisconsin and Duke. On Friday, the first live recruiting period of 2015 begins. With just three days between the end of the season and the beginning of the spring recruiting calendar, there really is no offseason. Inside, I have a detailed preview of April’s live periods. You won’t find better info on the Hawks anywhere else online.

April’s two live recruiting periods run from the 10th through the 12th, and then from the 24th through the 26th. As is now the case, everything is shoe-company based. You have your Nike events, your Under Armour events, and your Adidas events. There are other tournaments out there, most notably Hoop Group’s two Pennsylvania events, but for the most part, it’s all about the shoe.

From April 10th through the 12th, during the first live period, Adidas kicks off their season in Texas, Nike gets it going in Virginia, and Under Armour gets the ball rolling in Louisiana. Closer to home, Hoop Group hosts their Spring Jam Fest in Manheim, Pennsylvania.

After a weekend off, the second April live period runs from the 24th through the 26th. College coaches catch a bit of a break this time, since both Under Armour (Louisville) and Nike (Lexington) are running their camps in Kentucky. Adidas is in Indianapolis and Hoop Group once again stays in Pennsylvania with the Pitt Jam Fest.

Over the past couple months, a few dozen St. Joe’s targets in the 2016 and 2017 classes have emerged. Below, I have compiled a list of who will be playing where during these live periods. Throughout the month, Scout’s national team of writers will be covering these events. It’s during April that top targets in the current junior class often become clear. It’s hard to believe that we are only a few days away.

We will start things off with Under Armour’s two events, in Louisiana and then Kentucky. There are at least a half-dozen St. Joe’s targets playing on the UA circuit this spring, including one of the Hawks’ top overall targets. Philly Pride features 6’7 combo forward DeAndre Hunter of Friends’ Central (PA). He is quite possibly the Hawks’ top overall target in the 2016 class. St. Joe’s landed Chris Clover from Philly Pride in 2015 and would love to add DeAndre Hunter to the fold in 2016. I would also keep an eye on Philly Pride guard Kobe Gantz of McCaskey (PA). Gantz had a terrific high school season and can really shoot the ball. With the Hawks tracking Hunter hard, I think Gantz could absolutely emerge as a legitimate backcourt target.

Jeff Dowtin is a 6’1 combo guard from St. John’s (DC) who runs with the DC Blue Devils on the Under Armour circuit. Dowtin holds an SJU offer and just took an unofficial visit to Hawk Hill. Breein Tyree is another 6’1 combo guard, and he is running with Sports U in both Under Armour events in April. Tyree is a freak athlete out of St. Joe’s Metuchen (NJ) who, like Dowtin, holds an SJU offer. Kodye Pugh, a 6’7 combo forward out of Boys’ Latin (MD) and Nysier Brooks, a 6’9 post out of Life Center Academy, will both be running with We R1 this month at the UA events. Pugh holds an SJU offer to go along with a plethora of high majors, including Georgetown. Brooks, who has SJU interest but no offer, has collected his fair share of high major offers and interest this winter and spring. Hunter, Gantz, Dowtin, Tyree, Pugh, and Brooks will certainly draw attention from the St. Joe’s coaching staff this month.

Under Armour looks impressive with six Hawk targets playing. Then you look at Nike, where there are at least ten St. Joe’s targets playing on the EYBL in the class of 2016. 6’1 shooter Christian Vital out of St. Thomas More (CT) just picked up an offer from St. Joe’s last week. He is running on the EYBL with the PSA Cardinals. That’s the program that current Hawk Shavar Newkirk played with. Also worth keeping an eye on for the Cardinals is South Kent (CT) guard Travis Atson. Atson has Hawk interest, but no offer to date. He’s an incredibly athletic guard who can shoot it and score off the bounce.

The NJ Playaz are one of the biggest names in the Northeast. They have three players that the SJU coaching staff will be tracking on the EYBL in 6’1 Trenton Catholic (NJ) guard Myles Powell, 6’2 St. Anthony (NJ) guard Jagan Mosely, and 6’8 St. Anthony (NJ) forward Taurean Thompson. Powell, a bigtime shooter (notice a trend here), holds an offer from the Hawks. Mosely and Thompson do not, but Mosely was at the SJU-Penn game this year, and the Hawk coaching staff has been out to see St. Anthony’s this season specifically for Jagan and Taurean.

Dylan Painter is a 6’11 stretch big man from Hershey (PA) who is playing his first year for Team Final on the EYBL. Carson Williams is a 6’7 forward from Owen County (KY) who is playing on the Kentucky Travelers. Neither hold Hawk offers at the moment, but both were scouted by the Hawks this season and will be watched this spring. Painter recently collected offers from George Washington, Penn State, George Mason and more. Williams has offers from the likes of Wright State, Samford, and Ohio.

Grant Williams, a 6’7 forward out of Providence Day School (NC) is running with CP3 this season on the EYBL. Quinton Rose, a 6’4 combo guard out of Bishop Kearney (NY), is running with the Albany City Rocks. Frankie Hughes, a 6’4 shooting guard out of Garfield Heights (OH) is running with All Ohio Red. Those are three more players that the Hawk coaching staff will be tracking on the EYBL. Williams is more of a mid-major recruit at this point, while Rose and Hughes project at the mid to high-major level. Both of those guys will be tough gets, with Syracuse involved with Rose and a plethora of high-majors involved with Hughes, who plays at Tay Jones’ alma mater.

With sixteen 2016 names already in the books through two events, things do slow down now a bit. Adidas has two players that appear to be Hawk targets in the 2016 class. Saul Phiri is a big-bodied (and I don’t say that negatively) shooting guard who runs with Mass Rivals. The Worcester Academy (MA) guard can play at the one and the two, and has great size at 6’4. Phiri, who runs with Mass Rivals, has a number of Atlantic 10 schools, including St. Joe’s, URI, and Duquesne interested. Another guard playing the Adidas events that SJU is monitoring is 6’3 St. Christopher’s (VA) guard Nick Sherod. Sherod plays with Team Loaded, and has reported offers from the likes of Richmond, George Mason, Drexel, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, and more. St. Joe’s has been linked to him as well.

The event closest to home for all the Hawk coaching staff is the Spring Jam Fest, put on by Hoop Group. That event runs during the first live period, and the Pitt Jam Fest runs during the second. Two players who have been linked publicly to the Hawks playing here are Upper Dublin’s Simeon Fryer of the Jersey Shore Warriors and Calvert Hall (MD) forward Justin Gorham of MD 3D.

That brings the total of 2016 names to twenty. While the 2016 class is getting a good deal of the attention this month, recruiting is already well underway in the 2017 class as well. While there are not as many names there, there are still a few.

The Hawks got Chris Clover in the 2015 from Philly Pride. They would love to add DeAndre Hunter in 2016 from Sean Colson’s program. Then, in 2017, Archbishop Carroll (PA) guard David Beatty is another player who could be one of SJU’s primary targets.

Quade Green, a 6-foot sophomore from Neumann-Goretti (PA), holds a Hawk offer already. He will be playing with We R1 on the Under Armour circuit. Expect coaches from some of the nation’s elite schools to make it a point to watch him in April, as word is leaking out. Pat Strzala, a 6’5 shooter out of Hudson Catholic, will play with Sports U at the 16u level this month. He is another early name linked to the Hawks.

Three other 2017 names to track are Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, Sam Iorio, and Daron Russell. Cosby-Roundtree, a 6’9 post from Neumann-Goretti (PA) holds an SJU offer and will be playing on the EYBL with Team Final. Iorio, a 6’5 forward from Parkland (PA), was watched by head coach Phil Martelli more than once this winter. He is running with the Jersey Shore Warriors at the Hoop Group events. Russell, a 5’10 point guard from Imhotep (PA) is one of Philly’s up-and-coming stars. He will run with Cosby-Roundtree for Team Final.

The St. Joe’s coaching staff will be out in full force this month during the two live recruiting periods. Tonight, Hawk Hill Hardwood gave you over two-dozen 2016 and 2017 names that the coaching staff will be tracking and monitoring. As things kick off this weekend, this is your place to remain up to date!

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